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Old 12-29-2012, 08:53 AM   #51
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i'm on the hunt for a new tank,however i want the base unit
to be a little lower than the usual ones,as i'm only 5ft2 and the last tank i had,
any work that needed doing ment me using a small step ladder to reach
inside.
Our tank is pretty tall and on a standard stand, which is OK for me being 6' but my daughter will need a stool. Not fond of her having to be up in order to reach in. I did get her some long pruning tools but nothing beats getting your hands right down in the sand.

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Old 12-29-2012, 09:37 AM   #52
 
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but nothing beats getting your hands right down in the sand.

Jeff.
Ain't that the truth!

I'm just short of 6'2 though and have to stand on a chair to get down to the bottom of mine....and even then I have to do it shirtless/sports top as its right to my shoulders! And I dont have no umpa lumpa arms either!!
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Old 01-02-2013, 08:49 AM   #53
 
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How's your tank going now Jeff? Got yourself all finished with the set up now and anything new etc?
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Old 01-02-2013, 09:29 AM   #54
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Nothing new added yet, a bit of a holding pattern. The tank needs some time to develop anyway.

One of my wood pieces is developing an algae... although it looks too light, not green enough to be algae so I'm watching it to see what it turns into. It's only on the smooth surfaces of the lighter coloured mopani wood. If it is actaully algae, no problem, if it's something else....

Doing more research on plants to be sure that I've got them "planted" correctly for each type. I had the java fern in the substrate... not cool apparently. The water has started to develop a patina, which I don't mind as it cuts the white of the light, but it's giving the plants a strange hue and I think it is going mess with any higher light needing plants.

I need to get some fish in there to generate some ammonia to help the plants along... 12 Cherry Barbs planned for Friday.

It is fun to watch the lone Betta zoom around in the tank. He seems to like (as much as a fish can like anything I suppose) swimming directly into the diffuser as if on a water thread mill. We'll see how he makes out with company.

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Old 01-02-2013, 09:35 AM   #55
 
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Do cherry barbs go with bettas? I thought they got a bit nippy....

And I know the water feeling, I boiled and boiled my big piece of wood but I was still surprised (as the lights hide it somewhat) the difference in colour on my first water change after. No more crystal clear that's for sure. Maybe eventually....mm though maybe not.

I've been doing a bit of the same tbh with plants and looking how to replant one or 2 better with changes I want to make. Its much more complicated than I imagined!
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Old 01-02-2013, 09:47 AM   #56
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" Very peaceful, well suited to a community aquarium of non-aggressive fish. Though lively, it is very shy and should not be housed with boisterous fishes. Shoaling by nature, it must be kept in a group of at least six, but preferably more if space permits."

Read more: Cherry Barb (Puntius titteya) Profile

I think that barbs generally do but tendencies vary.

I decided that I will be bringing my water hardness down buy cutting with RO water but I'm not going to fret about trying to nail any particular range of values. For every 5 gallons of pure water added to my tank of only tap water I think I will reduce the dKH by about 3. after that, the ratios change and the impact is more moderate and easy to monitor.

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Old 01-02-2013, 10:06 AM   #57
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...Its much more complicated than I imagined!
Yah, but that's better than half the fun.

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Old 01-02-2013, 11:59 AM   #58
 
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Hmm, google cherry barb and nipping with bettas, theres a Lot of stories on it. My LFS suggested to me that they were nippy, and another has them labeled as such. Still, i could be wrong.

Ahhh, you are going to cut now then? Changed your mind then Are you going to purchase your own RO filter? or shop buy? How much do they average there? I know i was looking at one earlier in the year when i was considering a marine tank, and a decent one would be around 100, which is around $160 Canadian.

And tbh your right - it is better than half the fun, hence i've just seen i've knocked off 250 posts here in a month - i love to learn and learn and learn (An chat a lil )
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Old 01-02-2013, 12:45 PM   #59
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A larger group may reduce the odds of fin nipping. I read stories both ways and wonder how many cases the fin nipping had to do with a very small school or too small a tank etc. There are lots of mitigating circumstances involved and the fish is more often described as passive and shy than anything else. We're still hedging our bets though.

There's a huge difference between trying to get the water parameters to a specific range and just cutting some RO in during changes. In choosing fish that can handle the harder water I don't need to worry about it being hard and bringing it down a few degrees isn't a big deal so I can just add a 5 gallon jug on the fly. $2-$3 a jug. Not interested in setting up for it at home, between the initial cost and ongoing filter changes.

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Old 01-02-2013, 12:51 PM   #60
 
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A larger group may reduce the odds of fin nipping. I read stories both ways and wonder how many cases the fin nipping had to do with a very small school or too small a tank etc.
In all honesty, that was my exact thinking, as most people tend to go for minimum size of groups, and tank size.

$2-$3 a 5 gallon? That much? You'd make your money back in the first 12 months then, and with only running it in tiny amounts for 5 gallons, wouldnt the filter changes be drastically reduced? to the average people who use it for large marine tanks and are likely using 10x that a week. Also no travel costs. Just food for thought.
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