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Old 10-07-2012, 08:37 AM   #211
 
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My Bosemanis get along fine the mailes the odd time do their thing. My Gorami is one of 4 I had in my 30 gallon originallly but I had real aggression issues with them so I rehomed 2 one died and I think its a female because she is very large for a golden but she has been hanging with the 2 parkinsons since they came and actually steps in betwwen they settled when the light went off and this morning are ok just the odd little chase. The Gorami is still in between I think she remembers lol

Did you get your Java Fern yet? I have 2 jumbo swords that I got at big als that are massive with babies shooting of all the time I think you can grow them in regular gravel btw they are almost too big for my 120 they would look awewome in your 220
We had two dwarf gouramis and they harassed each other to death.

No, I haven't got any real plants yet, have to wait until we get more money.

Do the swords require special lighting?

We're off to Big Al's in the next half hour.
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Old 10-07-2012, 10:06 AM   #212
 
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I think they are ok in low lighting but you can buy 6700k and put them in your light fixtures that came with your tank which are perfect for planted aquariums and are in expensive with your fixtures I bought a new one that has compact florescents and had to order the right bulbs from the states they are 100 dollars here mine came with lights for a salt water aquarium so I have the wrong spectrum for mine so when I priced the t8s which came with my aquarium they were 1/5 of the price silly me
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Old 10-07-2012, 10:22 AM   #213
 
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I think they are ok in low lighting but you can buy 6700k and put them in your light fixtures that came with your tank which are perfect for planted aquariums and are in expensive with your fixtures I bought a new one that has compact florescents and had to order the right bulbs from the states they are 100 dollars here mine came with lights for a salt water aquarium so I have the wrong spectrum for mine so when I priced the t8s which came with my aquarium they were 1/5 of the price silly me
Same for me. Lights came with the total wrong bulbs. I've got the 6700K too and a T5 which is purple in appearance... it has made a huge difference. Also using Fertilizer twice a week is important, a must or your plants will start to melt away. Almost appear to dissolve. By the end of the first week of ferts I had new growth, new leaves and new baby plants running off the parent plants. Every single plant had new leaves and now in 3 weeks my plants have doubled. Woohoo!
Do your water change on day 7 so that you don't de-chlor on a Fert Day. It negates it so you would be wasting time and money.
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Old 10-07-2012, 11:09 AM   #214
 
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Same for me. Lights came with the total wrong bulbs. I've got the 6700K too and a T5 which is purple in appearance... it has made a huge difference. Also using Fertilizer twice a week is important, a must or your plants will start to melt away. Almost appear to dissolve. By the end of the first week of ferts I had new growth, new leaves and new baby plants running off the parent plants. Every single plant had new leaves and now in 3 weeks my plants have doubled. Woohoo!
Do your water change on day 7 so that you don't de-chlor on a Fert Day. It negates it so you would be wasting time and money.
So I did my water change today sand added my fertilizer too is that wrong? I use prime and seachem flourish once a week flourish excel daily which I found out is not good if you overdose I was doing a second water change in the middle of the night with all my fish up top gasping for air once I also have the root tabs in the substrate sometimes I fertilize twice a week should I always fertilize twice a week?
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Old 10-07-2012, 11:13 AM   #215
 
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My understanding is that De-chlor such as Prime will wipe out or Negate the effects of your fertilizer so if you so it the same day, you are wasting money and having NO effect on your plants. Wait a full day and Fert the next day.
I'm not familiar with the root tabs. Hope someone else can tell us.
I water change on Mon, then Fert Tues and Friday. 1, 3, 3 days.
Yes 2 x a week.
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Old 10-07-2012, 12:10 PM   #216
 
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Just got back from Big Al's.

We went a little crazy, as usual.

We bought live plants for the first time! Yay! Unfortunately they told me I don't need fertilizer. Now that I'm home and reading profiles of the plant, it says I should have some. I'll have to go back Tuesday. They're closed tomorrow for Canadian Thanksgiving.

So we bought 4 crypts. They were buy 3, get one free. I put them in the 35 gallon Red Tailed Shark tank. We moved the apple snail out of that tank and into my Rainbowfish tank, so that the shark can have the whole tank to himself.

We also bought (shudder) bacteria in a bottle, so that we could add fish today. I'm pretty sure it's just snakeoil, But I wanted fish NOW so what the heck. You only live once.

Last night I did a google search for "tropical fish keeping forum hardy enough to withstand cycling" which brings up all the profles from this site of fish that can withstand the cycling process. (Hopefully the effects will be minimized by the bacteria in a bottle, who knows). So two of the fish that came up, Black Widow Tetras, and Lemon Tetras, were on sale this weekend for $1.99 for 2. So I got 10 of each. Sounds like a lot, but it's a 220, and they're small. I cycled my last 55 with 10 mollies, and they were HUGE compared to the little fish I got today.

We also got a bristlenose pleco for my 55 gallon Rainbowfish tank. We got a Pearl Gourami and another Silver Dollar for the Silver Dollar tank (which brings us to 4, which is really all we have room for). He's the same size as my other 3. And of course we got the red tailed shark for the 35 in the kitchen.

So we got 24 fish and 4 plants. My wife worked 8pm to 8am, got home around 9am, then we went to Big Al's, just got home around an hour ago. So she was EXHAUSTED in the store, and it took forever choosing all those fish. She's passed out now and I am enjoying our new fish. Will post photos and videos later.
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Old 10-07-2012, 01:26 PM   #217
 
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Oops, looks like an extra black skirt tetra snuck into the bag. :)
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Old 10-07-2012, 02:01 PM   #218
 
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We had two dwarf gouramis and they harassed each other to death.

No, I haven't got any real plants yet, have to wait until we get more money.

Do the swords require special lighting?

We're off to Big Al's in the next half hour.
have fun its final i am going for the
248L 65.5 US gals and 54.55 UK gals
L 48" X H 21" X W 15"
ordering tomorrow can't wait
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Old 10-07-2012, 02:03 PM   #219
 
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Awesome! How are your fish doing? That's a nice size tank, it's 3" wider than my 55 (US) Gallon tanks.

When do you expect it to arrive?
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Old 10-07-2012, 02:16 PM   #220
 
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Awesome! How are your fish doing? That's a nice size tank, it's 3" wider than my 55 (US) Gallon tanks.

When do you expect it to arrive?
i find out tomorrow :) :D

and for the record i have used bacteria in a bottle for many of my impatient friends it does seem to work but on a tank that size i would use a bit more than what it say's i have doubled the dose up with fish in tanks with no ill effects but i recommend about 15-20% more than they say :) :)

EDIT "and yes think that is same size i have now 150L
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