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post #21 of 26 Old 09-26-2011, 01:43 PM
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Never, repeat never, treat fish with any medication/treatment/preparation if they do not absolutely need it.

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That's kinda what I thought.
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Its only for precautionary purposes, but I understand what your saying.
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Hi Byron, Sorry for the late reply..

The tank came with a 30" hood with one fluorescent bulb. The package doesn't give any specs on the bulb but does say that it has 'vivid natural spectrum to support plants'. In the booklet, it also mentions that if one wants to grow live plants, then the lighting is beyond the scope of this booklet !!!. So now I'm confused.

Also, what would be the best plants for a beginner, that is easy to grow and also hardy.

I checked my water PH yesterday and it shows 7.8. Is that too high for the fishes? Should I be neutralizing it?

Thanks for all the help everyone. Really appreciate it :)

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Hi Byron, Sorry for the late reply..

The tank came with a 30" hood with one fluorescent bulb. The package doesn't give any specs on the bulb but does say that it has 'vivid natural spectrum to support plants'. In the booklet, it also mentions that if one wants to grow live plants, then the lighting is beyond the scope of this booklet !!!. So now I'm confused.

Also, what would be the best plants for a beginner, that is easy to grow and also hardy.

I checked my water PH yesterday and it shows 7.8. Is that too high for the fishes? Should I be neutralizing it?

Thanks for all the help everyone. Really appreciate it :)

Minnamom
First the light. That sounds the same fixture as what I have over my 30-inch 29g, it holds a 24-inch T8 tube. I'd have to see the spectrum data for that tube in order to say yea or nay on its usefulness. I can suggest good tubes if asked. The light is all important; without good light you won't grow anything but algae, and a single tube in this case means you need "good" light.

Is pH 7.8 out of the tap as well as the tank? And what is your tap water hardness [find this out from the water supply folks, they probably have a website]. Hardness will tell us if the pH will fluctuate or not, and you can't change pH without adjusting the hardness (unless it is so low as to be soft) so we need this data. You can read more on how all this plays out in my article on hardness and pH:
http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/f...quarium-73276/

Also, connected to this, what fish species are you interested in having? The hardness/pH may or may not need fiddling with depending.

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Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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I tried looking underneath the bulb to see if something is written on it, but except for the serial number,didn't find anything.It would be great if you could suggest a couple of bulbs(that aren't too expensive :) that would fit into this fixture .

I will check with the water company to know the hardiness of the tap water. I did check the PH of the tap water and it is the same as my tank (7.8)

We currently have 3 platies and 6 corys in the tank. We wanted something that would be slightly bigger than the platies that would live in harmony with the above fishes.I keep reading different things on compatibility of fishes all over the internet!!. Would a couple of angel fishes do ok in this setup(daughter wants them badly )? If not, could you suggest some that would work with this?
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I tried looking underneath the bulb to see if something is written on it, but except for the serial number,didn't find anything.It would be great if you could suggest a couple of bulbs(that aren't too expensive :) that would fit into this fixture .

I will check with the water company to know the hardiness of the tap water. I did check the PH of the tap water and it is the same as my tank (7.8)

We currently have 3 platies and 6 corys in the tank. We wanted something that would be slightly bigger than the platies that would live in harmony with the above fishes.I keep reading different things on compatibility of fishes all over the internet!!. Would a couple of angel fishes do ok in this setup(daughter wants them badly )? If not, could you suggest some that would work with this?
For this tank, the tube I use is a Life-Glo made by Hagen/NutraFin. It is the most expensive but it is excellent light, I use Life-Glo on all my single-tube tanks. A less expensive but near-identical is ZooMed's Ultra Sun; I can't buy these where I live, no store carries them, one that closed used to so I know they are good, and they were then a bit less in cost. If you can find it, they will work fine. Make sure you get T8. These people are making T5 tubes now, and they won't fit a T8 fixture. These tubes you get from fish stores; Petsmart I know carries the Life-Glo series, as do other stores and some carry the ZooMed line. There is also the Coralife 50/50 tube that I have not used, and I've no idea how cost compares.

Another option is a "daylight" tube from a hardware store. These will be very cheap, but I'm not sure if they come in all sizes; you want a 24-inch tube in T8. Phillips calls them Alto Daylight Deluxe with a kelvin of 6500K. Sylvania makes something similar, and I believe GE does. In these cases look for the kelvin rating, 6500K. Home Depot here carry Phillips, but only in some sizes.

To the angelfish, not in a 29g. This fish attains 6+ inches in length and has a fin span of more than 8 inches. It is best in a group of 5, 3 can sometimes work but a 29g will not house these for long. If you have firm plans for a 4-foot tank like a 55g within a few months, OK, but otherwise I would not. In a small space the angels can be nasty.

My suggestion for a 29g would be some smaller fish that shoal (group). This will provide more interest. Once we know the hardness numbers we can narrow down options.

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Byron Hosking, BMus, MA
Vancouver, BC, Canada

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Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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