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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 #841 of 1118 Old 12-02-2012, 10:57 PM
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Yep, at the last Giant Tent sale they had in September.
You shop at that location?
I do, generally it be the one in Newmarket, (from Markham area) but I'm up here for school. I'm trying to get my hands on a 55G or so for home. Kijiji is tough haha.
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post #842 of 1118 Old 12-02-2012, 11:03 PM Thread Starter
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I do, generally it be the one in Newmarket, (from Markham area) but I'm up here for school. I'm trying to get my hands on a 55G or so for home. Kijiji is tough haha.
I got one of my 55s, with stand, from kijiji. It had to be resealed, but the sealant is cheap. I got the other one at that west end Big Als when they had the whole kit on sale, stand, filter, heater, everything.

Are you going to be staying in Ottawa for awhile, or are you going to have to tear this down after the semester and move it to Markham?


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Gross. I was like a girl at her junior high prom. I touched it, but I didn't want to...
Bwahahaha! This actually made me lol!

I love little sayings like that. My dad has a billion of um. Like "They drive like grandma pees! Slow and all over the place!" XD

So, were they all right about the driftwood? And how about little man? All better I hope
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Bwahahaha! This actually made me lol!

I love little sayings like that. My dad has a billion of um. Like "They drive like grandma pees! Slow and all over the place!" XD

So, were they all right about the driftwood? And how about little man? All better I hope
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Oh yeah, Charlie is great now. Thanks. We're Christmas decorating today, and baking.

I'm pretty sure Byron is right and it is algae. It isn't fouling my tank and my fish are showing no signs of stress, nothing unusual in my water tests, so I think it is all good.

I see my catfish from time to time now. All three can go in that little hollow log and it is still almost impossible to see two of them. They cling too, and blend in with, the dark inside of the ornament so well. I can usually find the striped ones, because of the stripe, lol. But the spotted one really blends in. I see now why I couldn't find him before.


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post #845 of 1118 Old 12-03-2012, 10:52 AM
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Not to derail from the uggy topic at hand, but how often DO you clean your filter tubing? *ahem* Better question, how often SHOULD you clean it? I've been wondering about this, though I'm sure it will depend on stocking and such. . . is there a normal recommendation? Everything I read pretty much just says 'when output is reduced,' but I want a rough idea of when that will happen!
We're talking canister filters here, since they have extended hoses/tubes that can reach 5-6 feet or more. And this is certainly a case of "do what I say, not what I do," because I do not clean mine anywhere near regularly.

My canisters get rinsed (all the media, under the tap) usually once every 2-3 months. The hoses may get rinsed once a year if they are lucky. They should be done when the filter is done.

As mentioned by both you (Bluewind) and Termato, rinsing (= cleaning, but involves rinsing everything) of the filter somewhat depends upon the tank and the filter. I find the last-stage white pads in both my Eheims and the Rena will really lose their shape when rinsed, and water can get around/through them so I replace these at every cleaning. And probably to save some money, I make them last longer than they should before doing this.

Cleaning the filter monthly is not going to hurt anything, and it is better than going too long. I once had an outbreak of cyanobacteria due solely to the additional organics in the dirty filter. I know this was the cause because as soon as the filter was throughly cleaned, the cyano disappeared.

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post #846 of 1118 Old 12-03-2012, 10:56 AM Thread Starter
Thanks for the info on the canister. I guess it is almost time to clean mine, it has been running two months, though with a pretty small bio load for most of that time.

Does anyone know if tiger barbs can go in a tank with Rainbowfish, Zebra Loaches, and Striped Raphael Catfish? Or are they too nippy to get along with any of these?


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Does anyone know if tiger barbs can go in a tank with Rainbowfish, Zebra Loaches, and Striped Raphael Catfish? Or are they too nippy to get along with any of these?
You should be OK, as you have a large tank (6 feet I believe?) and you can get a good sized group (no less than 12 Tiger Barb, 15 would probably be my aim) as the larger group confines nipping within and may even reduce it almost completely. And the rainbow are active swimmers too, much different than long-fin fish that are sedate which is too easy a target. I wouldn't worry about the loaches, they are nippy too you know, though again with sufficient this remains minimal and within the group. And the Rafael I suspect will remain hidden most of the day, so he/she should be safe.

Now, ahving said all that...TB are notorious for fin nipping so it is always possible it will occur.

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You should be OK, as you have a large tank (6 feet I believe?) and you can get a good sized group (no less than 12 Tiger Barb, 15 would probably be my aim) as the larger group confines nipping within and may even reduce it almost completely. And the rainbow are active swimmers too, much different than long-fin fish that are sedate which is too easy a target. I wouldn't worry about the loaches, they are nippy too you know, though again with sufficient this remains minimal and within the group. And the Rafael I suspect will remain hidden most of the day, so he/she should be safe.

Now, ahving said all that...TB are notorious for fin nipping so it is always possible it will occur.

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Unfortunately the Rainbowfish are in 4 ft 55 gallon tank.


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post #849 of 1118 Old 12-03-2012, 08:46 PM
I clean my cannisters every other month since there's 2 I clean one, one month the other the next month haven't cleaned the tubes yet they Run through the rock wall it will be hard
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post #850 of 1118 Old 12-04-2012, 08:05 AM
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I have said it before, I'll say it again. I do not think canister filters are really needed. I am doing very well with my air-driven foam block filters. One large air pump will drive a good number of these type of filters. My one luft (the larger one that is available) runs 8 of these foam block filters; they are even throttled back with inline air valves.
My water parameters are all good. 0 ammonia, nitrites. Ph runs about 7.4. Nitrates stay around 10ppm. (they are 10ppm from the tap).
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