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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%
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Old 12-21-2012, 01:16 PM   #961
 
I have a Coalife T5 HO and run 31wt Colormax and a 31wt 6,700K
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Old 12-21-2012, 01:17 PM   #962
 
I started my tank Sept 1st.It's so funny to look at the before and after pics.What a difference.
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Old 12-21-2012, 01:19 PM   #963
 
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I started my tank Sept 1st.It's so funny to look at the before and after pics.What a difference.
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You people and your fancy T5s, lol. Too rich for my blood. The results are undeniable though.

It has come a long way in a short time! I think our problem is we're always working on so many tanks at once, they progress slower.
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Old 12-21-2012, 01:24 PM   #964
 
Your tanks look good..Wish I had that many:)I love shopping for fish.You have so many options for that 220.Lucky you:)~
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Old 12-21-2012, 01:29 PM   #965
 
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I find even the 55s allow for a great many different types of species. The stock in my Silver Dollar tank is one of my favorites.

Of course, the silver dollars preclude plants.

I love checking the fish specials at the LFS every week, and new stock, and seeing if any of the cool ones can fit in any of my tanks, as far as temperament, water parameters, size, and how they get along with plants.
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Old 12-21-2012, 01:38 PM   #966
 
That's good that you check all that before buying.So many people come in to where I work and want to put Golfish with Tropical fish...DUH!!!!!Or cichlids with community.These people have no flippin clue..I just laugh and ask them if they are for real..LOL..I never had a clue about fish until I started showing an interest for them.Now I have subscribed to TFM and read all I can on fish and plant.Just don't ask me about Saltwater cuz I have NO clue:(
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Old 12-21-2012, 01:40 PM   #967
 
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I dropped the ball on the Chinese Algae Eaters, but my LFS steered me wrong for a change. I had read on them, and knew they were ornery, but believed them when they said it wouldn't be an issue in the 220.

But yeah, I usually do the research and take the advice I get here before buying fish. If I have to return the CAEs, it will be my first time having to do so.

I went to get Siamese Algae Eaters that day, and they had sold out the day before.
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Old 12-21-2012, 01:45 PM   #968
 
Yep those do get mean.I steer people away from them.We have had a few people bring them back.I'm not about how many sales I can make in a day.It's about the well being of your fish and animals to me.
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Old 12-22-2012, 10:42 AM   #969
 
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again, all in the learning curve. sometimes fish will also act contrary to usual nature. there is always the oddball.
I should know.
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Old 12-22-2012, 02:40 PM   #970
 
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Hopefully after the holidays I can return them, and replace the two Bala Sharks.

I am not looking forward to trying to fish them out of the 30" deep tank. If they swim to the back corner I doubt I'll be able to reach them with my net from the front of the tank.

Charlie! Get in there and get those fish!

Also, I hate having the lid up for any length of time, because of the ropefish.

I'm still looking for advice on how to stop the ropefish from escaping when I do a water change on the 220. It takes over an hour to remove and replace the water. They'll jump out for sure, in that amount of time.
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