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post #11 of 45 Old 06-08-2010, 12:15 PM
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to stop sand being sucked up,you can attach some pantyhose around the inlet.
just don't tell the wifey.

when you set up a new tank,hide an extra
sponge or two behind some decor,that way you have
something seeded for you next filter.
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to stop sand being sucked up,you can attach some pantyhose around the inlet.
just don't tell the wifey.
never would have thought of that, lol, thanks.

So how many fish can i stock in this tank, as of now, with only my blood parrot and 2 other small fish and pleco, about how many, say blood parrot sized fish can it hold?
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you're very welcome.
sorry can't help with stock amount i'm pants at it.

when you set up a new tank,hide an extra
sponge or two behind some decor,that way you have
something seeded for you next filter.
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you're very welcome.
sorry can't help with stock amount i'm pants at it.
"pants at it??" that must be an England thing


what is the pH and gH of your water in your tank? knowing parameters ahead of time will narrow down your list and save your fish from being unhappy in tank water not suited for them

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"pants at it??" that must be an England thing


what is the pH and gH of your water in your tank? knowing parameters ahead of time will narrow down your list and save your fish from being unhappy in tank water not suited for them
Ok, i just filled the tank last night and have a few questions...

1. I saw some oil like substance floating at the top of the tank once full, what could this be? It seems to have disapated this morning, but not sure.

2. I cleaned the sand yesterday, and put it into the tank, filled with water, it was cloudy at first but cleared up for the most part, its pretty clear now, but still a slight fog, just slight, what could it be from, the filter has run all night.

Basically, i unboxed the tank, cleaned the sand, put sand into tank, got 7 medium sized plants, planted them, put in decor including one rock i got from petco that seemed to emit bubble from the top for hours last night, and one peice of flagstone i got from home depot that i cleaned. Then filled with water and turned on filter. I added the stress and de chlorine and the other bottle that helps with the bacteria.

Woke up this morning, and the tank looks great, just for the slight haze.
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* pants* = i'm not good at it.

don't know what the *slick*would have been from ?
the cloudyness could be the begining of a bacterial bloom,it could look like milk
but it will clear,it's just new tank syndrome.

when you set up a new tank,hide an extra
sponge or two behind some decor,that way you have
something seeded for you next filter.
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I'm not too sure about the "slick" either. I know on my planted tank which has a canister filter there is a constant "milkly layer" at the top of the tank. It's normal, it's from a lack of gas exchanges at the surface. Do you run a canister filter? I thought it was a HOB filter.

How did you wash your sand? How long? How many times? i spent about an hour churning sand for my 20G when I set it up. Here's a great sand tutorial on how to do it, I followed basically these same steps and repeated it about 15 times(no exaggeration!) http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/f...utorial-28436/

We'd love to see some pics if you can!

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I'm not too sure about the "slick" either. I know on my planted tank which has a canister filter there is a constant "milkly layer" at the top of the tank. It's normal, it's from a lack of gas exchanges at the surface. Do you run a canister filter? I thought it was a HOB filter.

How did you wash your sand? How long? How many times? i spent about an hour churning sand for my 20G when I set it up. Here's a great sand tutorial on how to do it, I followed basically these same steps and repeated it about 15 times(no exaggeration!) http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/f...utorial-28436/

We'd love to see some pics if you can!
Im not sure what HOB filter stands for, but my filter rest on the top of the tank, and has the pipe that runs into the tank.

I cleaned the sand for about 20 mins each bucket (2 buckets worth of sand). I just filled the bucket half full of water, dumped half bag of sand, and ran water until it went clear while stirring the sand up.

I did add API Stress Coat, and then Stress Zyme, following the correct doses for a new tank setup. Also added some API plant food.

Like i said, i didnt notice the Slick as yall call it this morning, but it could just be broken down from the filter current.

I plan on adding my 3 fish on friday night, so it will have been running for a full 3 days. Then let is cycle before i add any more.
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Another question, should i keep my filter intake tube close to the bottom of the tank, or up higher, afraid it might intake the sand.
I missed this previously, sorry. Lainey had a good idea, so just another pioint to add; the filter intake (drawing water out of the aquarium into the filter) shold not be closer than 4 inches from the top of the substrate, whatever it is. In very small tanks (5, 10g) this is different, but in the deeper tanks like a 55g it should be 4-5 iches up. This creates a better water movement and helps prevent significant stratification (differing temps in the water column).

On the3 fish Friday, you have live plants, correct? That's OK then.

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I missed this previously, sorry. Lainey had a good idea, so just another pioint to add; the filter intake (drawing water out of the aquarium into the filter) shold not be closer than 4 inches from the top of the substrate, whatever it is. In very small tanks (5, 10g) this is different, but in the deeper tanks like a 55g it should be 4-5 iches up. This creates a better water movement and helps prevent significant stratification (differing temps in the water column).

On the3 fish Friday, you have live plants, correct? That's OK then.

Byron.
Yes, about 6-7 medium sized live plants.

Now as for the milky or haze i have, it was brought up to maybe be a bact bloom?? Could i have one that fast, even tho i just filled it last night?? Or maybe its b/c i added the Stress Zyme that has bact in it?? Other than that, i can only thing of maybe its from something i put into the tank, everything was bought from the petstore except the play sand, which is sanitized, and the one peice of flagstone i got from Home Depot, which i cleaned in Hot water.

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