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post #1 of 23 Old 11-14-2012, 11:09 PM Thread Starter
New Tank Suggestions?

Hello all, So I was recently given a 52 gallon flat-back hex. It is currently very dirty and came with a under-gravel filter, which will just not do for the fish I will be keeping in there.

I need some suggestions with lighting and substrate choices.

Here are the fish that will be going into this tank.

1 Plecostomus
1 Dwarf Gourami
8 Platy's

These are previous fish in need of a larger home with more room

Now here are the fish I will be adding

1 dwarf Gourami
8 Long fin Zebra Danio

I used the AqAdviser site and it says my stocking is exactly at 100 %

I will be buying a Aqua-Tech 30-60 Power Filter for this tank and moving my Tetra Whisper 10-30i Filter to this tank.

This being done, AqAdviser, says my Filtration is Satisfactory.

Now I know the Pleco will make all live plants impossible to keep, yes, this will be his permanent home, but I haven't the slightest clue what kind of rocks, bottom substrate and or fake plants to get for this tank. And I'm not really sure about the kind of lighting I will need.

Oh! Almost forgot, I will be running two air stones off of one duel output (up to 60 gallons) Air pump, So no oxygen shortage for these guys.

And just one more thing Will I need one heater? or two? I am limited to what Wal-mart has in stock, and my house has no heating in the winter, temps do occasionally get down to 34 degrees Fahrenheit in the room the tank will be in. I live in West Tennessee if that gives you a idea of the Temperatures around the year here.
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post #2 of 23 Old 11-15-2012, 05:04 PM
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First on the question of wood/rock: what is the pleco species? I ask because some must have real wood (for their diet), while others may come from rocky rivers and be better in a riverscape.

On the heater, this may be a problem. Most if not all aquarium heaters are intended to work with the tank temperature no higher than about 10-15 degrees above the ambient room temperature. If forced to heat in colder rooms, the heater is much more likely to fail. Is some form of room heating an option? For example, maintaining the room in the mid 60's F would make it safer to keep the tank in the high 70's F.

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There is really no way to heat the room, I don't have central heating just one small heater that is dangerous to keep on all the time. I do have another room that stays about 15-20 degrees warmer than all my other rooms due to my other fish tanks, I could do a bit of rearranging and move the tank to this room. As to the exact Species, I'm not quite sure, I bought him from Wal-mart. He looks like a cross between a sail-fin and a common pleco, He has all the perfect black spots on brown background, and his fins are longer than a normal common pleco, this being why I chose this specific pleco, but not quite as long as a sail-fins. I would post a photo if he would ever come out in the light for me. The heaters that I am currently using in my other tanks, are non adjustable heaters, and the only one that doesn't keep the temp at a perfect 78 degrees Fahrenheit is the one on my small 3 gallon which currently contains Ghost and Sakura shrimp, it keeps the temp at that tank at 74, which is better for shrimp.
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post #4 of 23 Old 11-16-2012, 10:32 AM
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Careful. Hex tanks are usually pretty tall which acounts for much of their volume. That often means they have very, very little horizontal swimming room. Could be a problem with some of those fish selections.

On Dwarf Gourami ... two males would likely fight, make sure you get a male and female.
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post #5 of 23 Old 11-16-2012, 11:52 AM
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Danio's,platy's, and pleco would not mind the cool temp's in my opinion, but the Gourami prefer warmer water around 78 degree's f to 80 degree's F.

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There is really no way to heat the room, I don't have central heating just one small heater that is dangerous to keep on all the time. I do have another room that stays about 15-20 degrees warmer than all my other rooms due to my other fish tanks, I could do a bit of rearranging and move the tank to this room. As to the exact Species, I'm not quite sure, I bought him from Wal-mart. He looks like a cross between a sail-fin and a common pleco, He has all the perfect black spots on brown background, and his fins are longer than a normal common pleco, this being why I chose this specific pleco, but not quite as long as a sail-fins. I would post a photo if he would ever come out in the light for me. The heaters that I am currently using in my other tanks, are non adjustable heaters, and the only one that doesn't keep the temp at a perfect 78 degrees Fahrenheit is the one on my small 3 gallon which currently contains Ghost and Sakura shrimp, it keeps the temp at that tank at 74, which is better for shrimp.
The Sailfin Pleco reaches 18 inches, as does the Common Pleco. Both should have wood to rasp on. But watch the size, these fish will make a substantial impact on the water quality.

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I've seen a common pleco that was quite a bit larger, but it was probably the exception.. (It was over 2 feet).

As for plants, I believe you could still have plants mounted to ornaments if you wanted.. (java fern, anubias, mosses, etc) and the gourami would appreciate floating plants.

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post #8 of 23 Old 11-16-2012, 04:13 PM Thread Starter
Geomancer, Thank you, but its a flatback hex, its 48 inches long. Redchigh, Do you really mean it about having mounted plants? Byron, Ill watch the size, and thanks for the advice about wood, know any places I could get some that would be safe?
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Geomancer, Thank you, but its a flatback hex, its 48 inches long. Redchigh, Do you really mean it about having mounted plants? Byron, Ill watch the size, and thanks for the advice about wood, know any places I could get some that would be safe?
I have the exact same tank I believe.

You can have Anubias tied down to a lava rock or a drift wood. You can have some moss and do the same too. I guess thats what Redchigh meant
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post #10 of 23 Old 11-16-2012, 09:36 PM Thread Starter
As i am really not sure of which kind of pleco he is, Here is a link to a video of him.

pleco video by Jada_Harbison | Photobucket

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