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Old 08-26-2010, 09:23 AM   #101
 
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Ok, i will look into that Lisa. But my one cat is horrible. You cannot stop him, he does whatever he wants to do. If he wants that fish he will try and get it. The problem is he likes getting sprayed with the water bottle so I cant use that. I love him to death he has such a weird personality but he can be bad.

My intent was to never seal the tank, I know i need to take it off for cleanings. I was thinking about velcro but i donno if there is enough space to attatch it on the hood.
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Old 08-26-2010, 09:41 AM   #102
 
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If the hood sits on a lip inside the tank, I'm not sure how the cat would be able to get it off. He can't fit his paw between it as long as you cover the hole that's inthe back of the tank. Depending on where you're placing the tank (mine is on top of a little storage cabinet), you can put stuff on each side of the tank so the cat can't even fit on the shelf to begin with. Is that an option?
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Old 08-26-2010, 09:48 AM   #103
 
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Yea putting stuff next to the tank may work, Ill have to see once we actually get there. Just trying to prepare ahead of time. Thanks for teh help.

BTW, I doubt Ill be getting the plants this weekend. They actually never emailed me back to discuss when they would ship or if they even had anything for my order. I emailed them again this moring. Its pretty upsetting because they have been so helpful so far but now nothing. I have not heard from them since saturday and I made the selections sunday. I did origionally tell them I didnt need it untill next week, so if they cant ship them then I understand but they could at least let me know.

Oh and I went back to the hidden reef yesterday to get the last odds and ends that I needed and their tanks were horrible. They had 5 people working in the back just talking and I counted 4 dead fish. Their clown loaches looked horrible. Not exactly sure what ICH looks like but they looked bad. The one was gasping for air uptop. Felt so bad, but of course when I was going to say something a customer came back and it took two employees to help him. I just said screw it and left.
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Old 08-26-2010, 10:00 AM   #104
 
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Sadly, I saw the same thing the other day. Their livebearers especially, look very bad. What disgusted me most was seeing the Parrot Cichlids in bright green, purple, and red. That disgusts me. And, good luck ever finding someone to help you, too! I did see Congo Tetras that looked good, but knowing a lot of their tanks are run on the same filtration system, I will not by any livestock from there again. Ever. I do buy their dry goods and frozen food ad they have the best prices around.

As for Ich, there is a ton of information on the internet about it. As for the look, it looks likethe fish has been sprinkled with grains of salt. That's the best way to describe Ich.
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Old 08-26-2010, 11:43 AM   #105
 
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So i have one thing in the back of my mind that is just bothering the hell out of me. And I know you guys said it would be fine, but....... the bags of substrate look so small that I cant picture it being enough for my tank. Maybe because My tank is at my parents and the substrate is at my place. I donno. Its just bothering me, and If you couldnt already tell, I worry alot lol. I just want this all to go as smoothly as possible.

So what you all were sayiong is like around 2 inches in the front and maybe 3 in the back? I know the calculators online dont work cause they dont take into account thinngs like wood and rock and plants but I donno. Someone reassure me please :)

If you dont already know I have 2 bags of eco compleate (20lb each) and I need to fill a 29 gallon (i know i always call it a 30gallon) and a 5 gallon.
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Old 08-26-2010, 11:55 AM   #106
 
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Also is this gonna be too much stock?



The filter capacity is at 133% (thanks everyone for suggesting a canister, may not have got the best one but its going to make a big difference then a HOB)

The stock level went from 108% - 121% just because of the pleco. (using the albino, tetra and rasbora just as "place holders", I would like these types of fish but not necessarily those exact species). It says my filter is satisfactory and I should change 40% a week.

And while we are on stock, what are my choices in sizes for the corys for the 5 gal? Someone said either 3 or 5 depending on their size. i will look up species but if I wanted 5 then what should their max size be, and if I wanted 3 what would their max size be?

Thanks in advance!

Here is the link to stock calculator if you wanna mess with stuff.

http://aqadvisor.com/AqAdvisor.php?A...rchMode=simple

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Old 08-26-2010, 12:00 PM   #107
 
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40 lbs should be enough for the 29g. You might have enough for the 5g too, but it depends on how deep you want the gravel in the 29g. Like I said, I bought 120g of Eco-Complete for my 120g (6 foot tank...large footprint) and I had enough for my 5g too. One day I may add another bag to the 120g, but for now it is fine. IF you feel you need more, Hidden Reef sells the bags of Eco-Complete for $19.99 each. When I was there the other day, they had 1 left. If it makes you feel better, go pick up the extra bag and return it if you don't end up using it
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Old 08-26-2010, 12:27 PM   #108
 
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Also is this gonna be too much stock?



The filter capacity is at 133% (thanks everyone for suggesting a canister, may not have got the best one but its going to make a big difference then a HOB)

The stock level went from 108% - 121% just because of the pleco. (using the albino, tetra and rasbora just as "place holders", I would like these types of fish but not necessarily those exact species). It says my filter is satisfactory and I should change 40% a week.

And while we are on stock, what are my choices in sizes for the corys for the 5 gal? Someone said either 3 or 5 depending on their size. i will look up species but if I wanted 5 then what should their max size be, and if I wanted 3 what would their max size be?

Thanks in advance!

Here is the link to stock calculator if you wanna mess with stuff.

AqAdvisor - Intelligent Freshwater Tropical Fish Aquarium Stocking Calculator and Aquarium Tank/Filter Advisor
I do not and will not use these calculator things. Common sense and knowledge should guide you. But having said that, it takes experience to gain this knowledge and sense, but that's what this forum is all about.

You do not have too many fish for a 28g aquarium that is well planted and with a canister filter. I have some suggestions though [below].

I would hold off on the pleco for the moment. You may find the loaches sufficient as substrate residents. Anyway, I always add pleco-type fish last, and there are so many beautiful species that are small (under 4 inches for this tank, they do produce a lot of waste the larger they are, this is probably what is meant by that calculator thing) you may see one later that you really like.

Now to the other shoaling fish. You need more rummynose. As it mentions in the profile, 6 is minimum but this species is much better [=healthier] with 12+. In a 28g, I would get 9.

The rasbora are a good match, 6-7 is fine. The cherry barbs...do you really want them? If you increase the rummys to be a better group... you might want to consider something more contrasting that another (third) same-size shoaling fish. I would look into something like Ember Tetra (a dwarf characins, 9 would be nice), or one of the Carnegiella species of hatchetfish (all of these are in our profiles, use the scientific name option and Carnegiella species will appear consecutively). The latter will add some interest at the top level, a group of 7-8 of one species, or a mix (marble and black-winged) with 5 each? Just some thoughts.

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Old 08-26-2010, 12:43 PM   #109
 
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Thanks. The only thing I'm set on is the loaches. I know the pleco will go in last, just trying to plan ahead. Don't really dig the hatchet fish. They are cool looking but i donno, they kinda weird me out lol. I'm not set on cherry barbs but really do like them. The embers are nice. I'll give everything another look. I kinda want something green or blue. But thanks for giving me ideas on stock size
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Old 08-26-2010, 01:42 PM   #110
 
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Thanks. The only thing I'm set on is the loaches. I know the pleco will go in last, just trying to plan ahead. Don't really dig the hatchet fish. They are cool looking but i donno, they kinda weird me out lol. I'm not set on cherry barbs but really do like them. The embers are nice. I'll give everything another look. I kinda want something green or blue. But thanks for giving me ideas on stock size
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Cardinal tetra are super with rummynose so there is blue/green and red that cannot be missed; as mentioned in the profile, they share much of the same habitat, so are a true natural mix. And both need soft, acidic water. That's something I forgot earlier with the rummys, they will not last long (nor will cardinals) in basic harder water; they get calcium blockage of the kidneys from the hard water. Can't remember if your parameters were mentioned, but keep the pH below 7 and the hardness below 12 dGH at the very highest.
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