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AQUARIUM (people with fish read)
    #3444400 - 12/04/04 02:57 AM (12 years, 9 days ago)

I've decided that I'm gonna get an aquarium. I've always liked them. Recently I saw one at someone's house and was inspired to get my own. I went to PetsMart and looked around. I'm figuring on a 20 gallon tank.

20 gallon tank:

10-Neon Tetra
5-Neon Blue Dwarf Gourami
8-Cherry Barb
6-Delta Tequila Sunrise Guppy
6-Zebra Danio
3-Electric Blue Cichlid


And some plants. That won't be too crowded will it?


Edited by honky (12/04/04 03:06 AM)


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Re: AQUARIUM [Re: honky]
    #3444418 - 12/04/04 03:09 AM (12 years, 9 days ago)

if i may...couple suggestions. dont buy the animals at petsmart, very poor quality. most die within a week or so, in my and friends experiences. but good place for all teh supplies. other suggestion would to keep ciclids out of those. especially danio's as tehy are easily picked on. i havnt kept "electric blue" and am not sure as to what species that is. so many common names for ciclid colours, very misleading. cherry barbs should be good with the others. and danios/tetras get along famously.

20 gal is far too small for most ciclids as well. unless they are like those little 2-3" ones.

may also want to consider a chinese algea eater (forget real name) and/or a couple cory's. great additions that make maintenance easier.


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Re: AQUARIUM [Re: kadakuda]
    #3444423 - 12/04/04 03:12 AM (12 years, 9 days ago)

Quote:

kadakuda said:

1. " unless they are like those little 2-3" ones."

2. "consider a chinese algea eater (forget real name) and/or a couple cory's. great additions that make maintenance easier."




1. Yeah, they're about 2-3 inches.
2. good idea, thanks.


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Re: AQUARIUM [Re: honky]
    #3444429 - 12/04/04 03:16 AM (12 years, 9 days ago)

oh and for plants, Java ferns. man do those things GROW once they take hold. teh fish nibble at them and break em up a bit and they grow new plants out of teh veins in tehir leaves, very cool.


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Re: AQUARIUM [Re: honky]
    #3444440 - 12/04/04 03:21 AM (12 years, 9 days ago)

IMO these are far too many fish for such a small aquarium.

And yes, algae eaters are a must in an aquarium, there are also mollusks and shrimps you can use for it.

Don't forget that the aquarium needs to be run without or with only a couple of fish for several weeks to establish the bacterial population first. Otherwise you will run into big problems with nitrite.

Take your time and inform yourself well before starting this project.


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Re: AQUARIUM [Re: Anno]
    #3444472 - 12/04/04 03:36 AM (12 years, 9 days ago)

A rule of thumb for the maximum number of fish is 1 cm fish per 1 liter.

So this would be 30 inch of combined fish lenght for your aquarium.

Some people say even this is too much.


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Re: AQUARIUM (people with fish read) [Re: honky]
    #3444496 - 12/04/04 03:48 AM (12 years, 9 days ago)

My take:

Yep, don't buy fish from Petsmart. Pretty much any store would be a better option.

1) Yep, don't get the cichlids. Too aggressive and will get too large for your tank.

2) A few too many fish. I'd loose the guppies.

3) Make sure you know what you're doing. Read up. Set up your aquarium in advance and get your cycles right. Don't add all those fish at once.

4) Don't forget a bottom feeder and/or something to eat algae.


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Re: AQUARIUM [Re: Anno]
    #3449035 - 12/05/04 08:50 AM (12 years, 8 days ago)





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Re: AQUARIUM [Re: honky]
    #3449054 - 12/05/04 09:06 AM (12 years, 8 days ago)

killifish are the shit


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Re: AQUARIUM [Re: Adden]
    #3449061 - 12/05/04 09:11 AM (12 years, 8 days ago)

Also, for gravel, if you're going to have live plants.. get Laterite. I think the brand name is Flourite. Either way, its basically iron laced clay. I have anubias barteri (giant anubias), anubias nana (sm. variety), java fern, onion plants, and hornwort for the babies.

I've got 7 neons, five or six swordtails / xiphophorus mix, two beautiful German Blue Blushing angels, plecostamus (algae eater), and a group of panda cory's in a 29g and its gettin crowded. The hybrids - the platys (xiphophorus var.) and swordtails (also xiphophorus) are amazing. Although probably sterile :frown:


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