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45 Gal tank + very hard water.

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45 Gal tank + very hard water.
Old 12-22-2012, 06:47 AM   #21
 
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Well taking on 4 breeding pair, or 1 or 2 means you need more than one tank. I would say one breeding pair if that is in fact what you want to do as you will have fry at some point. And you need a place to grow out the fry to any size in order for a LFS (local fish store) to buy or take those fry from you. Have you spoken to them to know if they will take your fish?
I once had a colony of Rusties. I started with 3 I think and a tank with a big pile of rocks. Never ever saw any fish in that tank unless I was feeding them... then the entire family of 35 ish of varying sizes would come out, feed and go hide and breed again. I made some money when I tore down that tank but it wasn't enjoyable to watch cause you would never know anything was in there. lol.
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Old 12-22-2012, 06:58 AM   #22
 
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Well the deal fell through, the guy found a buyer that could take them right away.One positive though is I found a local aquarist club, so hopefully that will be a good thing.
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Old 12-22-2012, 07:20 AM   #23
 
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I'm really glad to hear this... now this is just my opinion, but that is a lot to take on for your first tank. Certainly something to work towards in time! but I think it would be heartbreaking to you to potentially loose part of a breeding pair while learning as you go. (JMO). It just adds a lot of stress to the mix when just starting out.
You will find the right fish for you!
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Old 12-22-2012, 07:27 AM   #24
 
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You are right Jakie, Taking on that colony might have been a bit too much for the newbies in this house. I do believe we are going to be sticking with guppies for now. Cool thing is in a couple of years we can change over to Cichlids and be able to raise their food instead of buying all of it. I know kind of gross, but that it nature.
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Old 12-24-2012, 09:21 AM   #25
 
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I am so very frustrated right now. I have been searching for a replacement hood for our tank, only to discover that If the one at PetCo is the right one it is going to be over $60. and that is the best price I can find anywhere online. I never expected the hood to cost that much, but this does seem to be an odd size tank.
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Old 12-24-2012, 09:45 AM   #26
 
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Are they having a boxing day sale??? X $ or % off everything in the store?
Maybe try the glass sliding top with lamp fixture... maybe those can be bought or on Craigslist. It must be a standard size tho.. what are the dimensions?
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Old 12-24-2012, 09:52 AM   #27
 
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I am in the US not Canada, so no boxing day sale here. I actually did look for glass, but they were all to wide for the opening. I am very much contemplating giving this tank and stand to someone that can actually use it and starting over with a new tank that we purchase ourselves. We wanted to invest in an Eheim canister filter, but with the hood cost, I don't know.
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