Coralife - Tropical Fish Keeping - Aquarium fish care and resources
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 13 Old 09-18-2008, 04:53 PM Thread Starter
Member
 
Little-Fizz's Avatar
 
Coralife

I just got in from buying my new aquarium lights. I ended up getting it at my LFS. Its a coralife for freshwater aquariums, its 65 watts.

So I asked about getting some help reaching a glass lid from one of the top shelves and the guy said not to use a lid. And he gave me arms to sit my light on. Now my only problem is that its going to evaporate like crazy and I can see specks of water flying up and landing on the light. Is this something to be worried about?

Lol I just transferred some plants from my 28 gallon so it doesn't seem as empty. Any recommendations for stocking? I have a few platys in there, I want one, maybe a pair of blue rams. And I want a small shoal of cory cats. I will have 2 filters running on this tank and I figured my filtration will be good enough for a little something else. Say a few guppies? Or tetras? Any thoughts?


Good choice on the lights? Yes? No? Thanks.

And just before you laid dead weight upon its shores, I stung you in the face for that's the nature of my core.
Little-Fizz is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 13 Old 09-18-2008, 05:22 PM
Member
 
iamntbatman's Avatar
 
No lid? What? I have no idea why he told you that. Maybe the light could overheat if it was placed directly on a glass lid? I can't tell from that picture - would it be possible to use those raised legs with a glass canopy at the same time? I'd definitely get one, as it will help with evaporation, keep your fish from jumping and protect the light from splash damage.

How big is this tank? A 20 high? I think you could probably do a ram or two (maybe two females or a pair, but the tank is too small for two males so you might have to return a fish). The cories would also be nice. That'd cover your bottom to mid levels, so how about something for up top? Once you have that lid in place, what about a group of six hatchetfish? They make for cool surface dwellers. You could also do golden wonder killies as long as you're not planning on having any really small fish in the tank. Of course, schools of smaller tetras (neons, black neons, ember, Von Rio, rummynose, etc) would work, as would smaller rasboras or barbs, danios, or guppies.

4 8 15 16 23 42
iamntbatman is offline  
post #3 of 13 Old 09-18-2008, 05:41 PM
Member
 
okiemavis's Avatar
 
I've got a bunch of those exact lights...I'd recommend reading my post in the "reviews" section.

You can place it directly on a glass canopy, or with legs & a canopy or with no canopy. It doesn't really matter, whichever works for you. Stocking the tank will certainly be easier if you keep a lid on it though.

The light is designed to be relatively water resistant, so it is completely fine without a lid between it, which is probably where your salesperson got his idea. However, most people I know use their coralife's with lids.
okiemavis is offline  
post #4 of 13 Old 09-18-2008, 06:12 PM
Gold Member
 
aunt kymmie's Avatar
 
I just read the review okiemavis did on the coralife. Bummer. If I'd read that first I may not have purchased the two I have....
aunt kymmie is offline  
post #5 of 13 Old 09-18-2008, 08:13 PM Thread Starter
Member
 
Little-Fizz's Avatar
 
He said that the glass would some how make a difference with the light. I don't know, I guess it doesn't make sense, but he wasn't trying to sell me something so I'm not complaining. It sounded weird, but I get what he was saying, and he showed me his planted tanks and whatever and he had the same set up. I'll just get a lid tomorrow. I haven't read okies thread on the lights yet, I hope its not to bad

Thanks for the suggestions batman, I like the sounds of killi fish, what kinds exactly would be good? I was thinking a male and female ram but then they would get aggressive, so I might just get one male.

And just before you laid dead weight upon its shores, I stung you in the face for that's the nature of my core.
Little-Fizz is offline  
post #6 of 13 Old 09-19-2008, 12:22 AM
Member
 
iamntbatman's Avatar
 
Female German blue rams can be tough to find, anyway, so getting one would probably be safer. I personally only have golden wonder killies and I really like them. they're great looking fish and have pretty cool personalities. There are some really good looking killies out there though, like clown killies, that would be safer around smaller fish.

Keep in mind that much of the literature indicates that killies do better at lower temps (i.e. room temperature), while the ram especially needs higher temps. I keep both species together at 78-79. My ram isn't showing a whole ton of color yet but it's still really small, and the killies are absolutely gorgeous and very active. Personally, I think that breeders just keep their killies at lower temps to a) save on operational costs, b) lower the metabolism of the fish (thus prolonging their lives) and c) allowing them the option of raising the temperature to induce breeding. Just a theory of mine, though. People have been keeping killies at lower temperatures for years so I could be totally wrong.

4 8 15 16 23 42
iamntbatman is offline  
post #7 of 13 Old 09-19-2008, 12:42 AM
Member
 
iamntbatman's Avatar
 
One more thing: I don't own the specific fixture you have there, but I do have some Coralife T5 Aqualights and have been really impressed with them. Really solid fixtures, if you ask me.

4 8 15 16 23 42
iamntbatman is offline  
post #8 of 13 Old 09-19-2008, 05:49 AM Thread Starter
Member
 
Little-Fizz's Avatar
 
Really? Theres female rams at my LFS right now, I believe in the tank they had like 6 rams and two were male and the rest were female. They were tiny and had some good colours on them considering they were in the fish store.

Awww clown killies are pretty cute. I like the golden wonders too, they have tons of colour. I don't think I've ever seen killifish at my lfs. So I'll ask and see if he even knows what I'm talking about then hit up another place.

Thanks for all the input!! I'm off to the fish store tonight.

And I never answered your question, my tanks a standard 20 gallon, 24" across.. I can't remember how tall it is, but its not a tall tank.

And just before you laid dead weight upon its shores, I stung you in the face for that's the nature of my core.
Little-Fizz is offline  
post #9 of 13 Old 09-19-2008, 12:29 PM
Member
 
iamntbatman's Avatar
 
I've seen golden wonders at most LFS's, even Petsmart. Florida flag fish are also killifish but they behave almost like dwarf cichlids and look different from most killies, but they're pretty common, too. Only one of my LFS's has other types available, but they've got maybe 6-8 varieties at decent prices (i.e. $8-$15 for a pair). They're really expensive on liveaquaria, so if your LFS doesn't have them I'd check with local aquarium clubs or something before resorting to paying a ton of money for them online. I know okiemavis got a bunch of different pairs at her local aquarium society. You can also buy the eggs online for fairly cheap, but those might only be for annual killies. They only live for a year so they might not be something you're interested in.

4 8 15 16 23 42
iamntbatman is offline  
post #10 of 13 Old 09-19-2008, 11:18 PM
New Member
 
SheyFirestar's Avatar
 
just curious but dont most killies prefer cooler water than rams,platys, and cory cats. i know there are a few that do well closer to 80 but i thought i read somewhere the majority of them are cool water?

One bright day in the middle of the night, two dead boys got up to fight. Back to back they faced each other, pulled their swords and shot each other. One deaf cop he heard this noise and came and killed these two dead boys. If you dont believe this lie is true ask the blind man, he saw it too.
SheyFirestar is offline  
Reply

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Coralife products?? uksub Saltwater Aquarium Equipment 6 02-03-2009 08:35 AM
Aqua C vs Coralife? sergiotami Saltwater Aquarium Equipment 4 01-20-2009 07:16 PM
Coralife Aqualight okiemavis Aquarium Products Reviews 3 09-23-2008 08:46 PM
Coralife 6X 75galNBama Saltwater Aquarium Equipment 1 07-03-2008 08:11 AM
Coralife SKAustin Saltwater Aquarium Equipment 6 11-25-2006 01:13 PM

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome