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Old 10-27-2012, 11:52 AM   #271
 
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Well I guess yes they sure could. I put mine in the back left corner and then placed my Canister output spray bar on the left end to create a river effect. Input at far right end. Water travels down the tank like a river. I find it funny that Congos, RBF and Swortails all face upstream at quiet times... the Calico Mollies face downstream and much closer to the spray bar. Weird stuff I see!!

Keep checking Kijiji.ca The sellers usually wait till their tanks are way overgrown and then do cuttings and trimming and post a sale. Then start again. And you will get stuff at $2 and $3. Even check down to the Oshawa area... maybe you can get someone to mail you some stuff. I was unable to connect with the Whitby guy... just couldn't get there but he emailed me to say he had a new batch ready to go. Try that too.
As for the Vals.... if you can find a way to get stuff CHEAP... then just jump in and try it! and you will find what works best in your tank/water/situation. You won't know till you try and no one wants to spend a ton of money to watch it all die and melt away that's for sure.
I just split my Giant Vals into 3 batches. If they continue to do well and sprout more, I will send you some in the mail if you haven't found any by then. JB
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Old 10-27-2012, 12:04 PM   #272
 
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I'll expand my kijiji search to outside the Ottawa area. The prob with Canada Post is a $3 plant will have $5 shipping. Meanwhile, I can get something mailed from China for 99 cents with free shipping. Argh.

My test kit has run dry so I can't get my water tested until I go back to the store. The last test was Thursday. I am dying to know what my levels are at.

I am not looking forward to transferring the Balas. I suck at catching the fish. I had to move my Rainbows once and it was traumatic for me and the fish. Thankfully they all survived, but I hear the Balas get stressed easier.

We bought 12 Rainbows in March and they're still all healthy. They seem to be my most robust fish.
I wish they would hurry up and grow. :)

I think some of the Balas are growing already. They were smaller than my mollies, now some appear slightly larger. I may just be crazy. I've only had them for 5 or 6 weeks.
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Old 10-27-2012, 12:06 PM   #273
 
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Thanks for the advice! I'm going to get rid of the fake plants once the real ones start growing. My tank DOES look quite linear right now, I'm definitely going to have to work on that. My problem is imagination, or rather, my lack thereof.

There are five pieces of driftwood in that tank, which are hard to see in the photos, as they are dark. I plan on attaching plants to all of them.

What sort of fish do you keep with all those plants?
I have been following your thread for awhile now.Very interesting thread.I enjoy reading it.
I'm pretty stocked.I have a 36 gallon Bowfront.I do a 5 gallon water change every day and i run a Rena XP2 Canister Filter also.My water quality is right where it should be.I have 6 Blushing Skirt Tetras,12 Harlequin Rasborus,4 Balloon Angels,2 Electric Blue Rams,2 Dojo Loaches,4 Panda Cory's,6 Rummy Nose Tetra's,2 Dwarf Gourami's,6 Kuhli Loaches,1 Sumo Loach,1 Bamboo Shrimp,3 Ghost Shrimp,2 Hillstream Loaches and a Butterfly Loach.And 3 Otocinclus.
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Old 10-27-2012, 12:22 PM   #274
 
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Your tanks look great! I would love to keep all those types of plants, but the barbs would destroy them.

I'm open to suggestions for tankmates for the balas besides barbs, maybe something a little more plant friendly. But when you ask for stocking suggestions for balas, you just get a lot of "read the profile"

Profile: "Compatibility/Temperament: Peaceful for its size, but not a normal community fish. Other fish must be large enough not to be eaten, and able to tolerate this fish's very active swimming. This is a shoaling species with a pronounced social structure within the group, and must be maintained in groups of at least five fish. Fewer will result in aggression to the point of death of subordinate fish, and/or aggression toward other species in the tank."

Pretty vague on compatability. Other profiles frequently say barbs, which is why I've been leaning tha way.

I've also gotten a lot of "you need a big tank for balas" (no poop) and finally, "balas are boring, get [insert other fish type here] instead".

I want some loaches, clowns or yoyos, I haven't heard much about them destroying plants. Though, I am totally new to plants and to be honest in the past when I have read fish profiles I have focused on fish compatibility and feeding/water requirements. Pretty much ignored the plant part as it never pertained to my tanks before.

Total Non Sequitur, I just fixed a scratched CD that hasn't played in years. Woo hoo! My kid says it's too loud. He's too old. My wife will be excited when she wakes up. It's an out of print CD from a local band, that I lost years ago, and our first date was to their show and I bought the CD for the second or third time. We left it at a friend's by mistake and the schmuck scratched it in like two days. That was 5 years ago I think. I just ripped it to MP3, FLAC and WAV, and backed it up on multiple drives plus my wife's computer.
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Old 10-27-2012, 12:41 PM   #275
 
I love Bala's.They do get big and I have read they are a community fish also.If kept with 3-5 you should be ok with Gouramis,Loaches(love to root in the plants)I'm think just about any community fish as long as it's not to small.Look at the Rams.They are so beautiful.I'd look at the Elephant Nose and Ghost Knife,Roseline Sharks also.Just read other profiles out there other then TFK ones.They are a bigger fish but beautiful.I'm a big Loach fan.I just love them.I'd recommend Dojo(weather)Loaches,Kuhli loaches(6)might not see those in your tank:)I like Marble Hatchet Fish also.They stay on the surface of the tank ank look real neat when in a large group
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Old 10-27-2012, 12:52 PM   #276
 
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I love Bala's.They do get big and I have read they are a community fish also.If kept with 3-5 you should be ok with Gouramis,Loaches(love to root in the plants)I'm think just about any community fish as long as it's not to small.Look at the Rams.They are so beautiful.I'd look at the Elephant Nose and Ghost Knife,Roseline Sharks also.Just read other profiles out there other then TFK ones.They are a bigger fish but beautiful.I'm a big Loach fan.I just love them.I'd recommend Dojo(weather)Loaches,Kuhli loaches(6)might not see those in your tank:)I like Marble Hatchet Fish also.They stay on the surface of the tank ank look real neat when in a large group
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Ghost Fish are cool, but a friend of mine has one, and it hides ALL the time. Lame. I'll constantly be paranoid it is dead.

Elephant Nose, I think I saw those at my LFS not long ago and they were really cool.
I have a pearl gourami in my silver dollar tank, and a moonlight in my rainbow tank. They seem pretty peaceful and slow, full size balas might drive them nuts with their fast swimming.

I like loaches a lot too. I have zebra loaches and they are super entertaining. They actually swim with my rainbows. I cycled a 55 gallon tank in April and put my name on a list at the LFS saying I wanted yoyos, and they STILL haven't got any in. I want some in my silver dollar tank.

Weather loaches are cool, too. I wanted a few for my ryukin goldfish tank, but the tank was too small (only 35 gallons). So I held off. I might get some for the 220.

I really like clown loaches, I think they're beautiful and they're entertaining when they're in a group (from what I've seen on youtube, lol).

I don't know much about Rams, I'll do some reading. I don't know much about Marble Hatchet Fish either. Nice, my wife will be sleeping for another 4 hours so I have time to look into them.
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Old 10-27-2012, 12:57 PM   #277
 
Lol...yeah Ghost Knife do come out at night.They like the PVC pipes to hide in.They are a shy fish and should be kept in groups.
To bad u are so far away.I'd order those fish in for u at where I work but I'm in Stillwater Mn:)
Good job on the CD by the way..lol
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Old 10-27-2012, 01:02 PM   #278
 
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Bala sharks are popular aquarium fish.[3] These fish are generally peaceful and good companions to many other types of tropical fish.[3] The nickname "shark" is used because of their torpedo shaped bodies and long fins. They are not actual sharks. Bala sharks are widely available in most pet stores, but these fish may grow to a size too large for the home aquarium. Also the Bala shark is a jumper fish and may injure itself on the lid of a tank.[3]
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Old 10-27-2012, 01:05 PM   #279
 
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Old 10-27-2012, 01:11 PM   #280
 
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So I just read two profiles on Blue Rams and they both said the care level was difficult. I'm more an easy care level kind of guy. Moderate/medium at most.

The Bolivian Ram seems a little more speed. Are they very colorful "in real life"? They don't look very colorful in the photos I have seen, but I find frequently photos don't do fish justice.

I'd like some colorful fish to offset the Balas.

These are the only two Ram types listed here on site, and on liveaquaria (I just use them to browse fish because my LFS frequently carries similar stock. They don't ship to Canada)

I am a huge fan of Red line torpedo barb/Roseline sharks, but they're about $20 each at my LFS and it is recommended you buy a school at the same time. That works out to $230 CAD (with tax) for a school of 10. Can't do it. Our Rainbows were only $6 or $7 each and even then we didn't buy all 12 at once.

Shame because they are beautiful fish.

Oh, I'd also like a big old pleco, can they co exist with plants? We have a bristlenose in the rainbow tank but I was thinking Sailfin for the 220.
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