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post #1 of 12 Old 07-12-2011, 05:37 PM Thread Starter
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Question geting a 55g how can a make it as colorful as i can

i am planing to get a 55g tank very soon i have run a 10g for over 2 years and only lost a few fish. i would like to know what fish i could get to make my tank as stunning as possible. time is not a big deal as i have school but no work, but money is im planing on spending $400 for the tank, penguin 400, and thermometer. i have all other things i will need. i was hoping to only spend $100 over the next 2-6 months slowly adding fish. im hoping for a colorful non-aggressive community tank, DONT WANT ANY SNAILS. would also love to have the tank planted with real plants. thanks any suggestions help.also if you know of anything i should read before going to a much larger tank let me know
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post #2 of 12 Old 07-12-2011, 06:02 PM
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Do you mean an emperor 400? the biggest penguin is a 350B unless they have come out with something new lately. If you would like to do a planted tank I don't suggest a biowheel filter,personally I would suggest a Aquaclear 70, or a 110 if you plan to overstock the tank.
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Welcome to Tropical Fish Keeping forum. Glad to have you with us.

To answer your question on fish, we need to know your water parameters. |Hardness and pH of the tap water. Some fish are adaptable within reason, some are very specific as to water chemistry. You can find this out from your water supply folks, many now have a website with data posted.

Brief comment on filters, for a planted tank I would go with a small canister on a 55g. You will not want much water movement and canisters are best at this aspect. Also, the plants do the filtration and the filter is secondary just to move the water around and remove particulate matter. If you select fish that need some current (many do not), a canister is adaptable enough that this is possible at one end without creating a torrent down the tank.

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post #4 of 12 Old 07-13-2011, 04:32 PM Thread Starter
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yes i meant the emperor. can i get a glass of tap water and test it? where can i get a hardness tester?
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You should probably buy a master test kit. API makes a good one. Tetra Laborrette is cheaper, but has fewer tests.

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post #6 of 12 Old 07-13-2011, 05:28 PM Thread Starter
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thanks i wil look for it at the local pet store
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You can find your hardness from your local water suppliers website. If you do not know what to look for on the site, just post a link and someone will help you out. And as redchigh said API makes a great master test kit which is good for getting your pH And everything else you will need down the line.
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But the Master doesn't have hardness, and you won't need it once you know the tap water hardness, so go to the water supply people for that.

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post #9 of 12 Old 07-13-2011, 07:34 PM Thread Starter
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i feel like an idiot but i cant find it this is the report its on the 4-5 page i believe http://www.amwater.com/files/CA_5610040_CCR.pdf
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it is 118 Total Hardness as CaCO3 (ppm) or 6.9 Total Hardness as grains per gallon (gpg) 8.2 ph
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