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Old 04-27-2011, 01:23 PM   #31
 
Good luck with your move.
I've been reading up on pH a bit lately, and from what I've gathered, for new fish enthusiasts, it is more important to have stable pH that the fish can acclimatize to than worry if it is exactly in the right zone. My pH is 7.4 in a planted tank and I have (as mentioned above) lemon tetras and panda and laser stripe cories
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Old 04-29-2011, 12:41 AM   #32
 
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Woo! We get the keys tomorrow! Moving starts in earnest on Saturday, and should be all moved in by Sunday. Which means next week I can start acquiring stuff for my tank.

First step will be finding gravel, driftwood, and other inanimate tank stuff. Got to get a better heater and a sponge filter too. Then plants then maybe next weekend fish!
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Old 04-29-2011, 10:41 PM   #33
 
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Starting to accumulate stuff for my aquarium. Got a piece of driftwood today as well as a gravel vac.

Now I'm reconsidering my fish mix. I think I want to go with a pair of dwarf gourami and a group of tetras (probably a long finned variety of some sort). And cories down the line.

How many fish would be good for this set up? 2 dwarf gourami, 6 tetras, and 4 cories? More? Less?
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Old 04-30-2011, 12:01 AM   #34
 
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Starting to accumulate stuff for my aquarium. Got a piece of driftwood today as well as a gravel vac.

Now I'm reconsidering my fish mix. I think I want to go with a pair of dwarf gourami and a group of tetras (probably a long finned variety of some sort). And cories down the line.

How many fish would be good for this set up? 2 dwarf gourami, 6 tetras, and 4 cories? More? Less?
Depends on the tetras, as if they are fast swimmers, the gourami wont appreciate it very much. And a lot of tetras are known for nipping and tend to nip at gourami because they are slower and have that breathing thing (I know the name of it but cant remember how to spell it, starts with an L, like labrinth or something to that effect.) I also hear that very colorful fish can bring out aggression in male gourami (even the dwarf). If you do two dwarf gourami, I recommend a male and female pair to avoid aggression as best as possible, or maybe both female. And for cories, I would go 5-6. If doing gourami, you might want to look into 6 rasbora instead, as they are slower swimmers and a better fit with gourami. I do suggest reading up on dwarf gourami in the profiles here, as they come with their own risks.

Wanted to mention that if you are planning on doing live plants, sand is probably a better option than gravel, and even though cories are fine with gravel, they do tend to prefer sand. (I have mine on gravel...and if it wasnt such a major pain to switch my established 29 gallon from gravel to sand, I would so do so...but too much beneficial bacteria to lose. Still might do it many more months down the road as I would like it fully planted like my 15 gal as well.) At least I did my 15 gallon in sand, and even though it was a slight pain, it was so worth it! Of course, unless doing loaches or dealing with certain plants, substrate is a personal choice.

Good Luck, and cant wait to hear what you go with and to see pics of it set up. If you need a link to the cycling article here on TFK let me know...if not its in the top of the freshwater aquarium thread list titled something like "A beginners guide to cycling an aquarium".
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Old 04-30-2011, 09:54 AM   #35
 
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Yes, I too would reconsider the dwarf gourami. If you really like this fish, have a look at the very similar but slightly smaller and more "freindly" honey gourami, also in the profiles [click the shaded names...]. Probably a better fit for a smaller tank with other fish.
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Old 05-05-2011, 10:56 PM   #36
 
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Purchased a Jager 75watt heater, 20 pounds of eco complete substrate, and a Duetto DJ-100 filter.

Got a cool piece of mopari wood soaking right now, should be ready by the time the substrate arrives

Not looking forward to making 20 gallons of treated water though...

Is it best to put in the water treatment before or after putting the water in the tank?
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Old 05-05-2011, 11:41 PM   #37
 
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Doesn't really matter since you don't have any fish yet. Just fill up the tank then add your water conditioner.

Post some pics of your progress. We love watching a tank build.
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Old 05-08-2011, 08:11 PM   #38
 
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Hoping to add some photos soon, don't have internet at the house yet so that's complicating matters.

And now I'm changing my mind on what type of fish to get again!

Now I'm considering a female betta tank. Why I didn't think of this sooner I don't know.

I will probably end up setting up and planting the tank next weekend. So fish maybe the weekend after?
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Old 05-13-2011, 07:56 PM   #39
 
I would suggest taking a little more time before adding your fish. The tank does need to cycle to make the environment safer for your fish. Take the time to dream and plan. IMO you will be happier, you will have a better fish survival rate and if you spend the time choosing your fish, the last thing that you want to experience is the death of a beautiful fish.
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Old 05-14-2011, 12:45 AM   #40
 
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A planted tank is already cycled, and this tank is going to be heavily planted

Speaking of which purchased a couple of plants today. One hybrid Anubis Nana, and a sword (forget the name at the moment) that the LFS gave me for half off. He never put it in the substrate so it's not doing so hot, but once I get in planted it should thrive. He also loves the idea of a female betta sorority, said he's never had a customer run one before. He'll be putting in a special order for 6 bettas from the local breeders for me. :D

Substrate will be going in tomorrow and I will be arranging the driftwood and planting. Might end up purchasing some rocks too. Sorry for the lack of photos at the moment, I'll take some tomorrow while I set the tank up.

Not looking forward to lugging 20 gallons of water from my faucet to the tank...

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