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Old 10-08-2012, 10:45 AM   #231
 
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I'm fricking jealous of you! You have three of the fish I've always wanted, the hillstream loach, leopard fish, and red-tail shark.

It sucks because I want a tank that size but my fiancÚ won't let me. She keeps saying we don't have the room. I don't know what she's saying since our apartment is already a zoo. A 75g, 55g, 20g Long, Australian Cattle dog, Malamute, three mice, and a teddy bear hamster. What's one more tank?
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ill trade ya the malamute for a tank lol
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Old 10-08-2012, 11:56 AM   #232
 
Got a 20,000 gallon? The malamute is my baby!
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Old 10-08-2012, 01:47 PM   #233
 
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love the tetras!!! And your little guy sounds so cute, could hear him thanking you for something!
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Old 10-08-2012, 02:16 PM   #234
 
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Hey Can Fish. That tank is looking fabulous. I love the video. The 2 groups are so tentative, exploring in little schools!
I am fascinated with your Leopard Bullfish. Was that a Big Al's purchase too? Will it be staying in the 55? I've never ever seen them for sale anywhere, but would also love to have one. They would go ok with my Congo Tetras but not sure about my Rainbowfish. What have you learned about them?
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Old 10-08-2012, 02:59 PM   #235
 
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Hey Can Fish. That tank is looking fabulous. I love the video. The 2 groups are so tentative, exploring in little schools!
I am fascinated with your Leopard Bullfish. Was that a Big Al's purchase too? Will it be staying in the 55? I've never ever seen them for sale anywhere, but would also love to have one. They would go ok with my Congo Tetras but not sure about my Rainbowfish. What have you learned about them?
Yes, I did get that at Big Al's. By coincidence they had a mature specimen that was returned for sale at the same time as they got in juveniles. The mature one was a picky eater though, and the young 'uns were not, so I opted for one of the babies.

From everything I have read, they are a peaceful community fish, but it is a predator, so as it grows it will munch on any fish that can fit in its mouth.

I was worried about it being bothered by the silver dollars, just because they're big and the Leopard Bush is supposedly timid, but he seems nonplussed. He certainly holds his own at feeding time.

Their mouth opens up into a tube when they eat, and they strike fast. It's cool to watch. He sort of glides around the tank, it's neat how they move. And he has the coolest looking flippers (or whatever they're called, fins?) that I have ever seen.

I plan on leaving him in the 55, unless he gets so big that he can eat the serpaes, but I presume that would be years down the road, as he is smaller than a molly right now.

I'm not sure how he would do with Rainbowfish. Mine are so boisterous. My silver dollar tank is a lot more mellow. I'm watching him right now and he is coasting along next to one of the little balas, eyeballing the substrate for food, as I fed them a little while ago. He is more social than I thought he would be.

Did you see this video of him:


You can see his crazy mouth when he eats a piece of food really quick.

That was the first day we brought him home, I think. I coaxed him out with some food. He's more bold now, and floats around the tank all day. Sometimes he'll float in a plant or in the pirate ship and you can tell he's just waiting for something to float by that will fit into his mouth, lol.

Now he's drifting along the top of the aquarium. He makes use of the whole thing. He's fun to watch, such an attractive fish!
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Old 10-10-2012, 05:43 PM   #236
 
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Hey, been reading your 'dream tank' thread. Very nice. I am remiss in that I did not 'chime in'. In matters of plants, lights, etc, most others are more knowledgeable than I am... even though I've had tanks most of the last 30 years. (had tremendous success, even when I wasn't sure what I was doing).

Glad you are enjoying the new tank, the new set up.

I started with Rena xp filters. They are very good, very quiet. I ended up mothballing them all and going with air-driven foam block filters in all my tanks that I got from Angels Plus. They are all driven by one air pump. I have had no problem with the fish or the water parameters, and the foam blocks eliminated my need for both the canister & a separate air pump. I have had the occasional fish death, but they were old fish and I think died of old age.

I really think the real success derives from frequent water changes. I change mine every weekend (with an occasional missed one) and aim for 1/4 - 1/3 each time. I am lucky in my situation as I can discharge the water out the window and I keep the new water in a heated 55 gallon Rubbermaid brute garbage can. (someone posted something about these cans inhibiting breeding but I know very little other then I saw the note in passing..). The foam block filters get squeezed out once a month after I scrape the walls and the glass cover down.
I am not very good at testing the water, but the last few times I have done it, and I do it before the water change, I get very very faint ammonia (yep, no good), no nitrites, and 15 nitrates. The nitrates are @ 10 straight from the tap.

Anyway, I cannot say how much I have enjoyed this thread. One of these days I would love to get a reaaaly big tank (250 gallons or so... I have a concrete slab floor) but that is not for a while. The trouble with this is, I cannot bear to tear down/give away old tanks. They can always be moved and set up elsewhere. (I bought new tanks with the idea I'd just tear the old one down and sell/give away but, hey, just keep and add fish: the more the merrier.. )

Oh well. Fish multiply..
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Old 10-14-2012, 05:06 PM   #237
 
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haven't had any udates in a few days hope everything is running smoothly
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Old 10-16-2012, 06:27 PM   #238
 
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Everyone seems pretty unanimous that a canister filter is the way to go. I was just looking at the technical specs of a couple of them (the prices listed are local prices in Canadian dollars):

Eheim Pro 3 2075 $299.99 FLOW RATE: 330 GPH
Eheim Classic 2217 $199.99 FLOW RATE: 264 GPH
Aquaclear 110 $89.99 FLOW RATE: 500 GPH

I guess my question is, how important is Flow Rate? I could have 2 aquaclear 110s for under $200 with a combined flow rate of 1000 GPH. Would that not do a better job cleaning the tank than a canister filter with 330 or 264 GPH flow rate?
I would go with the Rena(API) XP4 canister filter..They are a great filter
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Old 10-16-2012, 06:36 PM   #239
 
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haven't had any udates in a few days hope everything is running smoothly
So far so good! We're having a halloween party/birthday party for my son on Saturday so we'll finally be showing off our tank to our friends. One of them has a 90 and a 150 so I'm dying for him to see this.

Bluydgrl we ended up with the Rena XP4 and the Aquaclear 110.
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Old 10-16-2012, 07:16 PM   #240
 
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So far so good! We're having a halloween party/birthday party for my son on Saturday so we'll finally be showing off our tank to our friends. One of them has a 90 and a 150 so I'm dying for him to see this.

Bluydgrl we ended up with the Rena XP4 and the Aquaclear 110.
Good choice...I admire you for getting a tank that size.I just have a 36 gallon and want a bigger one so bad.I just installed a XP2 on mine this last weekend.I had a XP1..It's pretty stacked and planted.
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