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Old 02-15-2013, 01:23 PM   #31
 
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I would leave the three Opaline Gourami; one male with two females is fine, actually better. It will allow him to divide his attentions. This species is in our profiles under Blue Gourami.

I would definitely remove the Kissing Gourami; profile explains clearly why. The others mentioned might be OK, this is a 55g, but be prepared to move them if the Opaline takes exception as he likely will when they spawn.

Cichlids should never be combined with Gourami, they are way too much alike. You want some quiet peaceful shoaling fish with the gourami. Rasbora work well, there are several species (the medium-sized, avoid the "dwarfs" in Boraras as they will get eaten). Some are in the profiles.

The electric yellow cichlids presumably are rift lake fish, so these need their own tank (= with only rift lake cichlids, and then carefully chosen). They are not community fish as they need hard basic water and have their own traits.

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Okay we'll that's nice I get to keep the 3 Opaline's. What do you think about the dwarf gourami's I have 3 flame and 3 blue...And also is there any way a pair of Bolivian Ram Cichlid's would be okay in my tank I have been looking at some community tanks with them in with Gourami's with no problems arising?
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Old 02-16-2013, 02:43 PM   #32
 
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Okay we'll that's nice I get to keep the 3 Opaline's. What do you think about the dwarf gourami's I have 3 flame and 3 blue...And also is there any way a pair of Bolivian Ram Cichlid's would be okay in my tank I have been looking at some community tanks with them in with Gourami's with no problems arising?
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I think I answered this previously. And don't add cichlids with gourami.
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Old 02-16-2013, 07:12 PM   #33
 
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I think I answered this previously. And don't add cichlids with gourami.
Sorry didn't read that correctly the first time. Thanks
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Old 02-24-2013, 11:53 PM   #34
 
Well my tank still isnt cycled and have been doing water changes every other day. How long is this going to take roughly?

I also found a new home for my kissing gourami and cherry barbs(starting to nip other fish), and i took in some new fish that were going to get flushed i got a albino longfin bristlenose pleco, 3 asain glass catfish and a pair of bolivian rams. All the fish are happy and healthy so thats a plus but i really want this cycle to be done!
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Old 02-25-2013, 12:52 AM   #35
 
Hunter, cycling an aquarium is something that is never set by a date or specific amount of time. Some can cycle an aquarium in a few weeks and some it may take 2 to 3 months. The latter is roughly about 45 days. Patience is the key and time. When it happens its an awesome feeling and don't worry it will come. Have you been using the stability I recommended? If so have you been following its directions to the letter?
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Old 02-25-2013, 02:06 AM   #36
 
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Hunter, cycling an aquarium is something that is never set by a date or specific amount of time. Some can cycle an aquarium in a few weeks and some it may take 2 to 3 months. The latter is roughly about 45 days. Patience is the key and time. When it happens its an awesome feeling and don't worry it will come. Have you been using the stability I recommended? If so have you been following its directions to the letter?
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Yea i know that i was just hoping for a rough time period so thanks for that! And yes i have precisely with each water change, i even bought a 20 gallon bucket to know exactly how much i am taking out to be 100% sure. I am just getting inpatient i suppose! Haha i cannot wait until this cycle is finished.

Hey quick question, I have the Fluval C4 and it has a red pop up button thing on it to show when the filter needs replacing, and i know most people just rinse there filter media in some of there tank water, but what about in my situation? Should i just leave it be or give it a rinse?
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Old 02-25-2013, 12:40 PM   #37
 
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If the tank has not yet fully cycled, you should not have added more fish yet. But that's done, so keep on top of water changes. Are there live plants, I've forgotten.

As for the filter, the media should be rinsed as needed to keep it clean and allow the water to flow through basically unimpeded. Replacing media is not usually necessary; it is a ploy to get you to buy more media. IF the pads are such that they begin to lose their shape, they can be replaced since this may prevent the water flowing through them properly.

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Old 02-25-2013, 01:04 PM   #38
 
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If the tank has not yet fully cycled, you should not have added more fish yet. But that's done, so keep on top of water changes. Are there live plants, I've forgotten.

As for the filter, the media should be rinsed as needed to keep it clean and allow the water to flow through basically unimpeded. Replacing media is not usually necessary; it is a ploy to get you to buy more media. IF the pads are such that they begin to lose their shape, they can be replaced since this may prevent the water flowing through them properly.

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Yea i know i figured it was better then them getting flushed down the drain though! And yes i have live plants, 3 amazon swords 1 crypt and i cannot remember the name of the last one i have.

So what your saying is it will not effect the cycle by cleaning my filter media?
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Old 02-25-2013, 02:16 PM   #39
 
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Yea i know i figured it was better then them getting flushed down the drain though! And yes i have live plants, 3 amazon swords 1 crypt and i cannot remember the name of the last one i have.

So what your saying is it will not effect the cycle by cleaning my filter media?
Rinse the media in a bucket of tank water when you do the water change. Just rinse it. No scrubbing or whatever. Bacteria are sticky and they adhere to surfaces in what we call a bio film. Normal rinsing will not remove them.
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Old 02-28-2013, 01:02 AM   #40
 
Well my levels tonight were

Ammonia:0
Nitrite: .1ppm
Nitrate:20ppm

Almost there!
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