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post #11 of 16 Old 06-19-2008, 03:58 PM
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Iambatman's theory is very sound, definitely my first guess as well. A lot of times things like impellers are quite easy and cheap to replace as well. If you post a photo, perhaps we can ID it for you.

Also, definitely keep an eye on the heater. If it can go bad once, it can go bad again. Think of $15 on a heater versus $100 on the fish in the tank. It's always good to have a backup heater anyway. It sounds like this one only has a high-low setting, not exact temperature? That would indicate to me that it's a pretty low-end one and would be worth replacing anyway.
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post #12 of 16 Old 06-19-2008, 09:33 PM Thread Starter
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Wow, you guys know everything, don't you? :D The filter and heater are running fine now.

Do RCS prefer black Tahitian Moon sand or Eco Complete?

Finally, I need some opinions on the 30 g. I know I want 6 cories and 6 Serpaes in the 30, but should I go for the 5 Kuhlis(botton dwellers) or a mid-upper level swimmer?

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post #13 of 16 Old 06-20-2008, 06:54 AM
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I'd say mid/upper level instead of the kuhlis and a single bottom dweller such as a pleco. Farlowella catfish are very cool as well.
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post #14 of 16 Old 06-20-2008, 11:12 AM Thread Starter
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I was hoping for some Black Mollies, and then I should set up a 5-10 g breeding tank for them, right?

Okie, do you know of any fish stores that have cherry shrimp, corydoras, or black mollies in the Boston area? Or any stores that will take orders? Thank you in advance :)

EDIT: Would it be possible to have 6 Cories(or maybe 8 Pygmy Cories?), 6 Kuhlis, 6 Serpaes and a middle-upper level fish(just 1 or 2 of these)? What type of fish prefers living without any of her own type?

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post #15 of 16 Old 06-20-2008, 05:12 PM
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Tahitian moon sand is probably better for the cherries, as they'll have an easier time sorting through it to get all the bits of food.

Um, I was confused when you said you had a 30 long, as I don't think that's standard size. Possible a 30 breeder? What are the dimensions? As for the cories and kuhlis, I think you could do it, but it would depend on the dimensions of the tank. If you were doing both of them, I'd recommend just going for 6 pygmy cories.

There are some very nice solitary fish, but the problem is finding one that won't be nipped by your serpaes. Gourami were the first that came to mind, as they are top-dwellers, but will be shredded my the serpaes. Rams would work, but they are bottom dwellers, and a tad territorial, which leaves your bottom way too crowded.

As for pet shops, Skipton's in Roxbury is the place to go. They generally carry several types of cories including a pygmy species, and always carry RCS. I don't think I've seen black mollies, but I'm pretty sure they were looking for them. The only place I've seen them in the area was a Petco with a *very* bad outbreak of ich. Anyway, Skipton's, go to Shawn, B, Rich, or really anyone else and tell them Maeve sent you.

RCS are actually a bit pricey if you're looking to start a breeding colony. They run $5 a pop. I'd recommend going to a Boston Aquarium Society auction (3rd monday of each month). There were quite a few RCS there last time and they were running less than $1 a shrimp. I even saw some Sakura (super, SUPER, red) ones that didn't go for much more. If you can't find any there check out Aquabid.com
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post #16 of 16 Old 06-20-2008, 07:48 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you, okie! Do you have to be a member of Boston Aquarium Society to go to the meetings? I'm looking forward to the Bag a Buck on July 21st! I got the black sand for the shrimp in the 20, which has nothing in it now. I moved everything to the 30 g. Today, I got 3 more Serpaes, a 150W Elite heater, freeze dried bloodworms, and some new fish flakes. I got some java moss and it is now on my large driftwood. Pics will be in the Freshwater Pics section soon.

My 30 G FW Tank
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