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Old 10-12-2011, 11:59 PM   #1
 
Curious about other people's insights on guppy tanks.

Hi there!
So recently Some kind of horrible epidemic hit my tank and killed off every fish I owned. Well at first i was upset as I still really have no idea what went wrong, my best guess is I should have quarantined the plecos I bought.... Meh... But anyhow as I was bleaching out the tank to kill off whatever the heck it was I realized I never really got to plan this tank, as I had an older one that started leaking so I just bought a new tank and I was never super happy with it. Anyway, I had semi aggressive fish in there and now I'm trying to step away from that area and go for happy fish that actually like being around other fish. I also have decided to give a planted tank a try, because they always look beautiful to me. I've had plants in my tanks before but not to the extent I want to have this time. So I have the basics down and am now just amping it up, I of course bought all the proper gear for it, and I replaced EVERYTHING in the tank from filters to substrate just in case whatever killed off the old tank was in anything.

Anyhow, as this is a slow project for me, mostly because I'm not rich.... I was curious on what other people did with this type of set up. The first fish I decided on were Guppies, cause they're just plain cute, but I haven't decided if I want it to be straight guppies or if I want it to be guppies and _____ or guppies and ____ and ____... So as it stands now, I have 3 female guppies, and 3 male guppies (1 dragon, 1 midnight blue something or other, and 1 luminous cobra) and 8 ghost shrimp. Then I have 2 XL dwarf grass, 2 Giant marimo balls, 5 nano marimo balls, 3 anubias, java moss, flame moss..... And I think that's it. So I obviously need more plants as well.. I'm open to any and all Suggestions. Oh and also, my tank is 60 gallons, I'm going for a natural vibe, and it's ... a bit over 2 feet long, skinny and deep.

Thanks!
-Lynx
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Old 10-13-2011, 12:32 AM   #2
 
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First, let me start out by saying welcome to TFK! Sorry about your tank, but hopefully we can help you bring it back to life. I am glad to here that you are going with the natural planted tank. Those are my favorite and the only kind that I have ever owned. You said it is a 60 gallon tank that is only 2 feet long? That must mean that it is taller than it is long. Getting to know this information would help us out greatly.

As far as stocking goes, this is going to depend on the dimensions of the tank. If the tank is longer then you could go with a couple schools of tetras or rasboras. These are fun little fish to watch, especially when in large groups. You mentioned guppies, which are very beautiful fish and you could stock your tank with a ton of these. Since you said you already have guppies in your tank, Im assuming that you have hard water with a high pH. You can check out our fish profiles located at the top of the page. They will give you detailed info about each fish.

For tall tanks, plants can be kind of tough to find. You are going to need a light with a high intensity to reach the substrate. A good plant for this would be vals. They generally require low light and grow rather tall. Again, once we know the dimensions of your tank we can help you out.

Hopefully Byron sees your post as he will be able to help you out better than I can.

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Old 10-13-2011, 01:11 AM   #3
 
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First, let me start out by saying welcome to TFK! Sorry about your tank, but hopefully we can help you bring it back to life. I am glad to here that you are going with the natural planted tank. Those are my favorite and the only kind that I have ever owned. You said it is a 60 gallon tank that is only 2 feet long? That must mean that it is taller than it is long. Getting to know this information would help us out greatly.

As far as stocking goes, this is going to depend on the dimensions of the tank. If the tank is longer then you could go with a couple schools of tetras or rasboras. These are fun little fish to watch, especially when in large groups. You mentioned guppies, which are very beautiful fish and you could stock your tank with a ton of these. Since you said you already have guppies in your tank, Im assuming that you have hard water with a high pH. You can check out our fish profiles located at the top of the page. They will give you detailed info about each fish.

For tall tanks, plants can be kind of tough to find. You are going to need a light with a high intensity to reach the substrate. A good plant for this would be vals. They generally require low light and grow rather tall. Again, once we know the dimensions of your tank we can help you out.

Hopefully Byron sees your post as he will be able to help you out better than I can.
-sigh- My first post and I all ready miss typed. It is 2 feet tall, 4 feet long, and 1 foot wide. Sorry... I tend to lose track of what I'm saying when typing, especially when interrupted! But regardless, it's still tall enough to where I have to put my entire arm in it to reach the bottom. I'm pretty sure the lighting I got is adequate. I never had issues with the plants here and there in it before it died and I ramped the lighting up for this one as it's more specifically for plants.

Yes, Las Vegas water is INCREDIBLY alkaline and hard, without letting the water sit for a good week or so the PH tends to run high, and with weekly water changes stays fairly high. I had a really hard time keeping angel fish because of this, but I managed it. So the fish i get this time most definitely need to like hard alkaline water and higher temps. At the moment with no heater going at all it's sitting around 82 to 83 degrees, and I would really rather not buy a chiller. I keep my house pretty warm in the winter too, but I'll plug the heater back in then in case of drafts and what not.

I was thinking of maybe Platys, or swordtails, and maybe a type of tetra? I'm still tossing up the idea of even just having all guppies, but I'm un-sure if that'd be too boring. and I really want to stay away from anything aggressive at all. And if they're smaller, the more I can have so that's a plus. Also because I'm ... overly weird about filtration I have 2 cascade 600 canister filters in there so I should be able to handle all of that.... I don't know if that's relevant to anything.
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Old 10-13-2011, 01:43 AM   #4
 



There's a somewhat blurry picture. The moss hasn't been added yet, I'm still waiting on it to arrive.
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Old 10-13-2011, 11:40 AM   #5
 
Also, I looked in today, and two of my females have developed black gravid spots. Of course it's not the prettiest female that appears to be pregnant... but man that was fast! They were totally separated in the LFS and had no spots until today.
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Old 10-13-2011, 12:33 PM   #6
 
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That makes a huge difference! The tank is definitely capable of holding a lot of guppies and becoming a beautiful planted tank. With your water being as hard as it is, I would stay away from tetras because they prefere a low pH and soft water. Guppies, platys, and sword tails are all great options for this tank. One thing that I will suggest is that you understock the tank at first because before you know it, it will be overstocked with fry! Live bearers breed like crazy which makes these tanks a ton of fun to watch. Everytime you look at the tank there will be a new fish in it (maybe not that often, but you get what I am saying )
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Old 10-13-2011, 12:46 PM   #7
 
Thank you, I was sliding away from tetra as it was seeing as a lot of them like to nip fins, which I would no be pleased with, things look a lot less pretty when they're missing pieces of themselves. The babies thus far, I plan on selling back to my LFS, my neighbor also wanted a few of them when they matured, and my mother isn't against having some either, but the stocking is going to take so long it'll be understocked for quite a while anyway. I'll only really be allowed to add 6 fish every week or every other week, and that really depends on whether I want to buy plants instead, I really want to take my time with the tank anyway so it works out very well for me.
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Old 10-13-2011, 01:14 PM   #8
 
My first thought would be BN pleco's or cories but your temperature is to high for both. Honestly I can't think of many fish right off that will be good in that temp. If your going heavily planted you could add some kind of shrimp. Is you tank always that hot? My tanks get a little warm on the hottest of summer days but it's normally only a few days, which my fish seem to handle fine.
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Old 10-13-2011, 04:25 PM   #9
 
Unfortuntatly yes it is pretty hot, our hottest days of summer are more like 120 degrees outside, and our mild summer days average between 105 - 113, Even now that it's cooler outside it's still in the 80s. We keep our house between 79 - 83 in the summer, so the tank just by being in the room alone gets that hot. The only time it would get cooler is in the winter, or if I buy a chiller, but they're pricey so it wouldn't be happening this summer. as long as they're introduced to it gradually I've never had problems with the temperature though, and since it doesn't fluctuate they don't seem to mind, they all still grow and live to the expected sizes/longevity.
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Old 10-13-2011, 04:27 PM   #10
 
Oh and, I know that the hotter the water the less oxygen... which is why I toss airstones in it, and I've never had a fish suffocate.
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