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Old 11-25-2011, 01:17 PM   #11
 
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If you really like the forktails, check out Spotted Blue Eyes (Pseudomugil gertrudae), they offer a similar look to the forktails, but are a better fit to your water parameters.
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Old 11-25-2011, 01:27 PM   #12
 
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Thanks, Ill take a peek!
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Old 11-25-2011, 01:31 PM   #13
 
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Yes, the LFS does have those..... Hmmm...

Here's our fish selection if it helps you to help me. :)
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Old 11-25-2011, 01:35 PM   #14
 
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I have ordered fish from them before and get the newsletter they send out they have lots and lots of nice fish! You guys are so lucky to live with in driving distance.

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Old 11-25-2011, 01:41 PM   #15
 
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Maybe not as cute as the gobies, but Whiptail Catfish and Twig Catfish would work in your water. The Red Lizard Whiptail is really interesting. I have a farlowella (twig catfish) and its one of my favorites. Not colorful or active, but there is something endearing about it.
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Old 11-25-2011, 03:39 PM   #16
 
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I have ordered fish from them before and get the newsletter they send out they have lots and lots of nice fish! You guys are so lucky to live with in driving distance.
We are so fortunate. Their fish are unbelievably healthy, too. If I'm in PetSmart for some other reason, and look at their fish, it makes me a little sad for them. Some of them look like completely different species because the color is so drab. I will say though that overall the PetSmart fish look better than another pet store in the area, where there are often dead fish, and many sad and sick looking guys. :(

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Maybe not as cute as the gobies, but Whiptail Catfish and Twig Catfish would work in your water. The Red Lizard Whiptail is really interesting. I have a farlowella (twig catfish) and its one of my favorites. Not colorful or active, but there is something endearing about it.
I do like oddballs, too. The two you mentioned are interesting looking - I'll have to read up more on them as well. Keep the suggestions coming!


I just revisited my fish spreadsheet, and I have the forktails listed as doing well in 6.5-7.5 pH.... I got my info from various sources, but can't remember where that one came from. *sigh*
This site has an even greater range - 6-8.
FishProfiles.com - Pseudomugil furcatus

Argh, it can get so confusing to have such different info everywhere...
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Old 11-26-2011, 10:19 AM   #17
 
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I'm wondering if I should point the spraybar differently for the tank so there's less current from it. Maybe take the end cap off, or point it toward the wall that it's attached to?

Pictures coming soon... little more rearranging to do today.
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Old 11-26-2011, 11:41 AM   #18
 
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The position of the intake and outflow in the tank is good. Directing the flow of the output towards the glass does help to diffuse the current, which would be a good idea if you decide to go with the cardinals or other fish that need still water.


About the Forktail Rainbows: it seems as if the source you linked to is an exception regarding water parameters, all the sources I've looked at (print and online) corroborate what Byron said, e.g. they require hard water with pH >7.0.
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Old 11-26-2011, 12:50 PM   #19
 
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Yes, I have written them off and think I'll go with the spotted ones - I prefer the look of the furcata but it just makes sense to go with the gertrudae due to water parameters. Don't want unhappy fish.

I stirred up the tank again this morning rearranging. I'm feeling DONE with it for now... planting in a 24 tall tank is a pain and I need a break. ;)

I'll post photos once the water clears up a bit.

I'm thinking this for stocking now....

2-4 Bolivian Rams (still undecided but will be a bit before I get them anyway)
5-6 Kuhli loaches
10-12? Spotted blue eye rainbows (pseudo. gertrudae)
11-13? Rummynose tetra (read they like odd numbers)

2 stiphodon gobies (don't want to let go of them!)

- Marbled hatchets or clown killies... still up for debate and may even go with something different but need a top fish. Worried about the shy nature of the clowns.



Also, another random question - can I just use one bulb in the light fixture even if it's a dual fixture? I thought it might be better for new fish to have it slightly dimmer until I get more floating plant cover. (?)
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Old 11-26-2011, 02:24 PM   #20
 
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Annnnd.... ;)

How often to do water changes initially?

How much should I fert the plants initially, and then long-term (general guideline)?
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