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post #1 of 19 Old 06-22-2012, 07:55 PM Thread Starter
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Just set up a 30 gallon...need some ideas for a good mix for a community tank. Any suggestions....
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post #2 of 19 Old 06-23-2012, 12:01 AM
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exciting! do you want an active tank or a mellow tank? you're water could be factor in determining which fish would be happy and healthy too. but without knowing anything, i would suggest some type of bristlenose pleco as they are industrious algae cleaners and wont out grow the tank (and they are fun to watch).. i think a more solid approach would be to go to your LFS and fishhunt and then post a list of potential occupants that you are in like with, and your water parameters, and then everyone could let you know where/if you might have problems :) is your tank going to be planted? if you're not sure i would recommend it.. plants make the tank seem more complete imo and several require little additional maintance or care.
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post #3 of 19 Old 06-23-2012, 12:05 AM
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Water parameters first...

Ph, kH, gH?
Also is your tank fully cycled?
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exciting! do you want an active tank or a mellow tank? you're water could be factor in determining which fish would be happy and healthy too. but without knowing anything, i would suggest some type of bristlenose pleco as they are industrious algae cleaners and wont out grow the tank (and they are fun to watch).. i think a more solid approach would be to go to your LFS and fishhunt and then post a list of potential occupants that you are in like with, and your water parameters, and then everyone could let you know where/if you might have problems :) is your tank going to be planted? if you're not sure i would recommend it.. plants make the tank seem more complete imo and several require little additional maintance or care.
Hello..I think I want a MELLOW tank....lol. yes I am putting in REAL plants.Got some yesterday. Will check the water today and will post.
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post #5 of 19 Old 06-23-2012, 05:23 AM Thread Starter
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Water parameters first...

Ph, kH, gH?
Also is your tank fully cycled?
Will check the water today and post. How long do you suggest before adding fish? Bought a marineland 350 yesterday and got it running. Love the bio wheels..Tank is crystal clear..have about 5 live plants...want to add more.Do you reccomend snails...I know once they start laying eggs....look out...I but I always liked watching them. lol Appreciate the feedback.
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post #6 of 19 Old 06-23-2012, 05:38 AM
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I'm in love with my golden honey gourami, If you can find them where you live I highly recommend them for a mellow community tank, throw some life plants in and they are as happy as can be - mine started spawning less then a week after I got them. They havent tried to eat any of my shrimp so your open for some ghost or cherrys, my rasboras do well with them and I'm still ironing out other fish but the sky is the limit as long as you stick with other mellow fish



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post #7 of 19 Old 06-23-2012, 08:22 AM
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is it cycled or just been running for a little bit? if not could be a few weeks before you should start adding fish
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post #8 of 19 Old 06-23-2012, 09:24 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks I will check those out.....yep planting live plants. Hope they grow..
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post #9 of 19 Old 06-23-2012, 09:25 AM Thread Starter
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is it cycled or just been running for a little bit? if not could be a few weeks before you should start adding fish

Hi its been running about 5 days...Not in a hurry to put in any fish. I want the conditions to be RIGHT...what do you suggest..3 weeks??????
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post #10 of 19 Old 06-23-2012, 10:06 AM
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You need to put a few fish in now. Unless your doing a fishless cycle. But if not get a few hardy fish. Maby 3 or 4. Then you need to do small water changes every few days. Until the amonia, nitrite, and nitrate read 0. After they read 0 give the tank a couple days to stabilize. Then you can slowly add the fish you want. Oh and i recoment a schoool of tetra not the little ones, but some like black shirt tetra. They go well with a mellow tank.
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