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Old 02-16-2013, 08:13 AM   #11
 
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thank you again for the replies.. ive looked through the fish profiles some and think i am steering towards angel fish as my main fish in my tank.. now that we have that sorted we can start moving onto the rest..

i will probly go with dirt capped with some black sand.. ill use driftwood some rocks, plants,ill go for dwarf water lettuce or duckweed floating as i have both allready. ill put in marimo moss balls. 2 or 3. ill have a couple swords. some anubias,some java moss.some dwarf sag.im open to other suggestions on plants..

can we discuss other tank mates,then discuss the lighting and filters? i had my heart set on a fluval canister, possibly the fx5,but the profile says the angels like really still water,im asfraid a big canister will blow them all qround the tank,or can the flow be lowered to be good for angels?

im still not sure if goin for a 55 or 75. could you guys tell me how many of each fish i could fit in each tank??

id like a school of angels, it says i can keep ram chiclids with them so id like some rams.. would it be a good idea to have a school of corys also?

as mentioned prevoiusly,im goin to put in up to 4 rabbit snails and hope to get them breeding in my tank.ill also be breeding some red cherry type shrimp in a 5 gallon so ill throw in 10 - 15 and hope some survive,if not its ok as ill just throw more in,it will be free food for my fishes..

im still not sure what lighting ill need,what kind of canopy/hood will be good,ive never set up a tank before..all help is really appreciated..

i have one last question in this post,are thhem 55 tanks they sell in petco any good?they ciome with a stand cabinet to sit the tank on.im wondering if the stands are any good,are they reliable to take all that weight or is there begtter places i can buy tanks and stands from
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Old 02-16-2013, 08:21 AM   #12
 
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I can help with one question. I would go with the 75 gallon because the more water you have, the more forgiving the tank is to a mistake with ph and what not. Also, if you are going to have a school of angels 75 gallon is better because you are more than likley going to get males and females. When they pair off they like to defend a spot in the tank, so the more room, the better. Hope I helped.
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Old 02-16-2013, 09:14 AM   #13
 
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I would go with the 75 gallon because as most of us when we set up an aquarium we always want to go bigger plus angel fish can get pretty big I have a 120 Gallon with rainbows and my parkinsons are 6 inches and I don't think they would fit in anything smaller since they are active fish. Also Angels can be fairly aggressive when mating and are fin nippers so you will have to get fish without long fins do be their mates

I have titanium heaters in my 120 gallon so they can't break plus they are digital and the temperature is outside the tank and more accurate then my glass ones.

I have 2 cannisters a fluval and an eheim then fluval top is really hard to get off the eheim top is easier both have shut off valves for easy cleaning the eheim is harder to prime when you start off I have the extenter on mine with a cap on top so it was easy for me but if I didn't have that it would have been alot harder my tubes are hidden in a 3d rock wall so I had to buy the extender with siphoner built in which added more money to my eheim when purchasing the reason I didn't go for the fx5 is my cabinet has a smaller cupboard on each side with shelves in the middle and the fx5 would not fit in I didn't want it outside it is very large
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Old 02-16-2013, 12:06 PM   #14
 
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should an fx 5 on its own be enough filtration for a 75. i know its rated for up to 400 gallons or so but ive seen videos of people with big canisters and they are also running hob filters on the same tank,my reason for wanting the fx5 is so i can just use 1 filter which allows me more room in my wall sockets and not having a big bulky hob hanging on the back of my tank
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Old 02-16-2013, 02:14 PM   #15
 
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For the fish being talked about, and with plants, a good canister that is rated for a 75g tank is sufficient. Most have ways to reduce current, such as using a spray bar aimed into the end wall, or a flow control.

Rams can go with angelfish, but be careful. Rams themselves have issues, as noted in the profile. And with angelfish in the tank already, you don't want a second set of property hogs.

Any of these cichlids will "own" the tank, or expect to. I have a sole Bolivian Ram male in my 5-foot tank, and in spiote of there being well over a hundred other fish, this is his space, and he makes that absolutely clear to any fish when the mood strike.

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Old 02-19-2013, 05:14 PM   #16
 
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what kind of lighting should i use? i think i will go with a 75.where would be the best place to buy the tank and also the lighting? ive never bought a lighting set up before so ive no idea what im doin :( all i know is that i should probly go with flourescent tubes instead of light bulbs
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Old 02-19-2013, 07:52 PM   #17
 
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what kind of lighting should i use? i think i will go with a 75.where would be the best place to buy the tank and also the lighting? ive never bought a lighting set up before so ive no idea what im doin :( all i know is that i should probly go with flourescent tubes instead of light bulbs
The 75g will be 4 feet in length, so the best lighting for a natural planted tank will be T8 taking two 48-inch tubes. I have this over my 70g (also my 90g and 115g). The tubes that come with most fixtures are garbage, but you can get good Daylight tubes with 6500K from stores like Home Depot and Lowe's. GE, Phillips and Sylvania all make them, just make sure they are 6500K.

Fixtures will likely be less expensive online. I've no idea what might be available in stores where you live.
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