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View Poll Results: If I had a 220 Gallon Aquarium, I would stock....
Cichlids. Duh. 34 30.36%
It would be Saltwater. That's how I roll. 11 9.82%
Bala Sharks 14 12.50%
Tinfoil Barbs 6 5.36%
1 Male Betta 6 5.36%
100 Neon Tetras 23 20.54%
Rainbowfish 13 11.61%
Goldfish 4 3.57%
Other - Please elaborate in a comment in the thread. 22 19.64%
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post #241 of 1118 Old 10-22-2012, 05:33 PM Thread Starter
Well, I used that instant bacteria but it certainly didn't cycle overnight. I have 1.0 PPM ammonia. Some signs of nitrites.

The plants in the red tailed shark tank seem to be doing well. I haven't used any fertilizer but I think I may try some.

Can I add plants to the 220 while it is cycling? Will the ammonia hurt them?

Can't wait to move the bala sharks to the big tank.


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post #242 of 1118 Old 10-22-2012, 05:53 PM
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LOL Get those plants into that tank!! Plants use up the Ammonia and help safe guard your fish. The more plants the better. In fact if you had put in a really good load of plants your fish would not even experience the cycle.
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post #243 of 1118 Old 10-22-2012, 08:09 PM
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LOL Get those plants into that tank!! Plants use up the Ammonia and help safe guard your fish. The more plants the better. In fact if you had put in a really good load of plants your fish would not even experience the cycle.
my 120 is always at 0 it has a lot of plants in it by the way Jackiebabie you were right about the fertilizer and dechlorinating, I do my tank change on Sunday add fertilizer on Monday and Thursday plants look better and taking off again
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post #244 of 1118 Old 10-22-2012, 10:10 PM
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Well, I used that instant bacteria but it certainly didn't cycle overnight. I have 1.0 PPM ammonia. Some signs of nitrites.



Can I add plants to the 220 while it is cycling? Will the ammonia hurt them?

Can't wait to move the bala sharks to the big tank.
I added plants into mine when it was cycling the ammonia won't hurt them but if you add them into your tank you will get diatoms which is like a brown algae which I got it rubs off the leaves and will go away after 2 to 3 months
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post #245 of 1118 Old 10-23-2012, 04:17 PM Thread Starter
I may add some plants this week. I'm going to start with 4 plants around that big piece of driftwood. Maybe some amazon swords?

I'm not sure if bala sharks and tiger barbs are going to devour the plants or not.

How are your clown loaches doing? I'm looking forward to getting some once my tank is established. I've always wanted some but never had a tank big enough.

My red tailed shark seems to be enjoying having a tank all to himself. He's got some nice driftwood and live plants.

The Aquarium Log has been down for awhile. Any word on if it is expected back up?


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post #246 of 1118 Old 10-23-2012, 04:18 PM Thread Starter
Anyone know of a good site for free live streaming? I may stream my tank so I can watch it upstairs.


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post #247 of 1118 Old 10-23-2012, 06:16 PM
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I may add some plants this week. I'm going to start with 4 plants around that big piece of driftwood. Maybe some amazon swords?

I'm not sure if bala sharks and tiger barbs are going to devour the plants or not.

How are your clown loaches doing? I'm looking forward to getting some once my tank is established. I've always wanted some but never had a tank big enough.

My red tailed shark seems to be enjoying having a tank all to himself. He's got some nice driftwood and live plants.

The Aquarium Log has been down for awhile. Any word on if it is expected back up?
my clown loaches are doing great and my parikinsons have stopped having issues unfortunatley my gourami peace keeper has swim bladder issues now I have moved her to the 30 gallon and am trying everything to save her I have given her peas and antibiotics I have purchased some red rainbows to go with my other rainbows


heres a video of the loaches
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post #248 of 1118 Old 10-23-2012, 07:04 PM Thread Starter
Wow, the tank is looking great. I'm so jealous. Were your plants all that size when you planted them, or have they started growing already?

How long are those clown loaches? They look great! Such an attractive and entertaining fish.

What are the loaches 7 seconds in? Are they the golden zebra loaches? They look sort of like yoyos. How many of each type of loach do you have in there? I love the bottom feeders.

Is that a power head in the right hand corner? I've heard clowns like them and I was thinking of a Marineland Maxi-Jet Pro Multi-Use Water Pump - 1200. I don't understand the difference between Power Head Mode and Circulation Mode.



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post #249 of 1118 Old 10-23-2012, 07:26 PM Thread Starter
Just watched your separate zebra loach video. They look a lot different than my zebra loaches. Bigger too, and I got mine 6 or 7 months ago.

Did you buy them that size? Maybe they just look bigger in the video.


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post #250 of 1118 Old 10-23-2012, 07:32 PM
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Just watched your separate zebra loach video. They look a lot different than my zebra loaches. Bigger too, and I got mine 6 or 7 months ago.

Did you buy them that size? Maybe they just look bigger in the video.
They are golden zebra loaches they were tiny when I got them the biggest are about 4 inches I don't know if they are full grown yet they get to 5 inches
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