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post #1 of 6 Old 09-12-2009, 04:27 PM Thread Starter
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40 gal help

Hello.
I start reading the forums but there are 2000-3000 pages and it will take some time. That why Id like to ask for some help.
My plans are 40 gal 36x12x20 PLANTED aquarium with :
Cardinal Tetras x 6
Danio rerio x 6
Swordtails x 4
Molly x 4
Guppy x 6
For filtration Marineland Emperor Filter 280
</SPAN>Light:Coralife Freshwater Single Compact Fluorescent Fixture, 1X96 Watt, 36 inch
Can I put it directly over glass top lid or I have to add Fixtures ?
Freshwater Master Test Kit- Im not sure which one to buy.
Can you post must to have list for me .I'm sure a lot of things are missing here.
Heater 150-200W.Im in florida and home temperature is 78F .Maybe Ill need cooler because light will create more heat.
For plants :Java Fern, Water Sprite, Anacharis/Elodea, Amazon Sword, Dwarf Lily,Cryptocoryne lutea,Fissidens fontanus, Echinodorus amazonicusi,Anubias barteri Golden, Anubias Eye.
Ill appreciate all thought and suggestion .thanks a lot in advance.
Regards:plamski.
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post #2 of 6 Old 09-12-2009, 08:23 PM
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Don't forget to choose your type of substrate. And most of your fish should be able to tolerate the temp of your house as long as it stays constant. I've heard danios like cooler water but mine seem to do fine in the summer here even when we cut back on A/C.

For your light, as long as the light bulb it'self isn't touching the glass you should be okay sitting that on top of your glass top (that's how mine is atm).

Nice fish selection too! Although you might consider added a catfish or two (corys or something) to take care of the bottom. Also, with livebearer tanks can get crowded pretty quick, especially when you have plants to hide the fry

These links from our forums are great resources for setting up a new aquarium:

TFH Magazine :: Tropical Fish Hobbyist-Basic Aquarium Setup Guidelines

http://www.fishforum.com/viewtopic.php?p=544
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post #4 of 6 Old 09-12-2009, 11:09 PM
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I am only speaking from my expieriences , but I believe the cardinal tetras and the swordtails,molly's,and guppies need quite different water. Livebearers need basic hard water while cardinals prefer soft acidic water to do well in the longterm. Higher ph values are usually,(not always) associated with hard water say, 7.4 to 8.0
Ph values of 6.0to 6.8 would be more to the cardinal tetras liking. They may do fine for a while in more alkaline waters ,but not for the longterm.IMHO

The most important medication in your fish medicine cabinet is.. Clean water.
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post #5 of 6 Old 09-13-2009, 04:39 PM
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I am only speaking from my expieriences , but I believe the cardinal tetras and the swordtails,molly's,and guppies need quite different water. Livebearers need basic hard water while cardinals prefer soft acidic water to do well in the longterm. Higher ph values are usually,(not always) associated with hard water say, 7.4 to 8.0
Ph values of 6.0to 6.8 would be more to the cardinal tetras liking. They may do fine for a while in more alkaline waters ,but not for the longterm.IMHO
Agree absolutely. Ascertain the pH of your tap water and then decide which way you can go with more chance of success. Some acidic-water fish will adapt fairly easily to basic water (e.g., Pristella tetras, neons) but cardinals (along with rummy nose and pencilfish in particular) generally do not fare well and are more prone to problems and short lives.

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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 youre going to take it under your wing then youre 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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post #6 of 6 Old 09-13-2009, 07:57 PM
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Sounds like your going to have a nice tank! if you could. show us some pics when you get the chance!
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