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Old 10-02-2010, 02:21 PM   #21
 
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The problem I have is that my fish don't read the books like they're supposed to. My livebearers are all over the tank.


I wouldn't get a gourami-
1. They are calm fish, easily stressed by too much activity.
2. Gourami are upper-middle fish just the same.

Just try the guppies if you want and see if you need something in the middle.
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Old 10-02-2010, 02:29 PM   #22
 
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Byron, apologies first of for not completely reading the profile. It was suggested to me to put 3 bolivian rams, but i should have read the profile and known better. Well, now i'm a bit confused as to what to get for the bottom and middle part of the tank. As guppies will take the top, Platys on top and middle as well and corys at the bottom. If i get a honey gourami, that would still be at the top level, which is already crowded. Can you suggest any other big enough fish to occupy the middle please?

Thanks
No apology needed. I keep pushing the profiles because a lot of work has gone into them and the moderator team is keen to get members using our forum resources.

I don't like suggesting fish to others too much, as my likes may not be your likes in fish. My best suggestion at this point is to browse the profiles, maybe the characins, cyprinids and catfish sections, to see if there are fish you like that will suit your water parameters, not get too big or be aggressive, and swim in the mid-to-lower levels. But don't leave out the idea of one Bolivian Ram along with other fish.
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Old 10-02-2010, 02:40 PM   #23
 
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No apology needed. I keep pushing the profiles because a lot of work has gone into them and the moderator team is keen to get members using our forum resources.

I don't like suggesting fish to others too much, as my likes may not be your likes in fish. My best suggestion at this point is to browse the profiles, maybe the characins, cyprinids and catfish sections, to see if there are fish you like that will suit your water parameters, not get too big or be aggressive, and swim in the mid-to-lower levels. But don't leave out the idea of one Bolivian Ram along with other fish.
Thanks Byron. I'm definitely not going to leave out bolivian ram, going to get one as i'm in love with them :). Thanks for the list of other species. I would go through them and hopefully find a nice one.

@redchigh - thanks, i'm going to get one bolivian ram and see how the guppies behave. Also will look at the other species byron suggested and see what else i can keep :)

Cheers

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Old 10-02-2010, 03:31 PM   #24
 
guppies are easy fish and ar easy to beed be careful with them because they will hybridize... Rams go nicely with guppies but ar terrartorial. I have a 38 gal tank and currently have six fish [died of old age] ... need to go to the local fish store.
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Old 10-02-2010, 03:38 PM   #25
 
Exclamation breeding guppies tips?

how much for the fish

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Old 10-05-2010, 10:22 AM   #26
 
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Byron, would you recommend adding seachem flourish during fishless cycle? I only have one Java Fern and one Java Moss currently.
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Old 10-05-2010, 12:01 PM   #27
 
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Byron, would you recommend adding seachem flourish during fishless cycle? I only have one Java Fern and one Java Moss currently.
Yes. Plants need "food" which is nutrients, and in a new tank with no fish they will not have any. While it is true they may "lasty" for some time, I believe in getting them off to a good start with nutrients. Has never failed me yet.

On the cycle, I never do. Waste of time. If there are live plants, they need ammonium as thier source of nitrogen and carbon (CO2), and fish produce sufficient of both (and bacteria produce CO2) so the plants grab it. Just don't overdo the fish compared to number of plants. Also, in a planted tank, or a tank with live plants, I would not recommend introducing an artificial source of ammonia.
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Old 10-06-2010, 04:40 AM   #28
 
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On the cycle, I never do. Waste of time. If there are live plants, they need ammonium as thier source of nitrogen and carbon (CO2), and fish produce sufficient of both (and bacteria produce CO2) so the plants grab it. Just don't overdo the fish compared to number of plants. Also, in a planted tank, or a tank with live plants, I would not recommend introducing an artificial source of ammonia.
Ah nice, at least you dont have to wait to see fish in the tank then. I don't have a choice i guess except for doing fishless cycle as I have only two live plants :(. Hopefully my plants will survive the artificial ammonia during the cycle

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Old 10-06-2010, 11:35 AM   #29
 
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Have you already added ammonia? If not you could maybe just put one or 2 small fish in there just keep an eye on you water perimeters and keep up with the water changes as needed.
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Old 10-06-2010, 05:17 PM   #30
 
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Have you already added ammonia? If not you could maybe just put one or 2 small fish in there just keep an eye on you water perimeters and keep up with the water changes as needed.
Yes, i have been cycling since 26/09/2010 and as of today 3-4ppm of NH3 is being processed by the filter in 24 hours, and NO2 is off the charts. pH is keeping stable at 7.6 for the time being. Hopefully not long to go. I looked at the Java Fern today carefully and looks like one of the leaf has some brown spots on it. Is this related to the plant not getting enough nutrients or not getting enough light? Hopefully my NO2 processing will soon start. *fingers crossed*
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