Stocking my 55g - Page 2 - Tropical Fish Keeping - Aquarium fish care and resources
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #11 of 30 Old 11-28-2010, 12:24 AM Thread Starter
New Member
 
BEARitone's Avatar
 
I bought substrate today. Filled the tank and bought some new driftwood.

Aside from that had kind of a lot of bad stuff happen. Almost soaked my office when I turned on the water to fill the tank and my canister has been leaking for the last 5 hours, so I had that to clean up. I knew it leaked but I thought only when it was on. Sigh.

Oh I also got a new bulb in the mail, the light looks much better.





IMGP2437



IMGP2438



IMGP2439 by PenguinsUnlimited, on Flickr
BEARitone is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #12 of 30 Old 11-28-2010, 04:44 AM
Member
 
thefishboy's Avatar
 
Looks really goodq

26 Gallon Community:
5 Platies

4 Mollies

3 Guppys

1 Swordtail
11 Neon Tetras
1 Red Tailed Shark
Opaline Gourami
BN Pleco
Snakes-
Coral: Rat X Corn
CoCo: Rat

R.I.P Saphire You'll always be in my heart






thefishboy is offline  
post #13 of 30 Old 11-28-2010, 09:32 PM Thread Starter
New Member
 
BEARitone's Avatar
 
Yesterday was a big headache and I am a bit obsessive so I was close to going outside at midnight to work on the filter more.

I got up today and reexamined the canister. I pulled out the o-ring, it didn't seem too bad so I washed it off and added some lubricant to create a better seal. At first it seemed to work out fine but after connecting the intake/output it started to leak again. I looked online for a new ring but decided to go into the local fish store. I was a little disappointed to only see media for the filters on the shelf but after asking we walked to the back and they had a whole bunch of parts for eheim filters. He found the rings for me and we were talking about the filter, with another employee and (I believe the owner). They even offered to let me bring it in to take a look and order any new parts. It was awfully nice of them and they were really helpful, so even though the o-ring was double the price I decided to buy it from them and save myself not having to wait a week for it in the mail.

After installing it and turning it on everything works! I have spent a lot more on this filter than I would have liked so far but that's how it goes sometimes.
BEARitone is offline  
post #14 of 30 Old 11-29-2010, 02:36 PM
Member
 
Byron's Avatar
 
Your experience illustrates what I frequently write concerning buying equipment from local stores when one can. Any problems or trouble, they are usually willing to help you out, even to exchanging parts. They want your business after all, and they understand that online is often cheaper. But the inconvenience can outweigh the cost savings, and when you need filter or heater help, delay can be fatal to the fish.

Byron Hosking, BMus, MA
Vancouver, BC, Canada

The aquarist is one who must learn the ways of the biologist, the chemist, and the veterinarian. [unknown source]

Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
Byron is offline  
post #15 of 30 Old 11-29-2010, 02:57 PM Thread Starter
New Member
 
BEARitone's Avatar
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Byron View Post
Your experience illustrates what I frequently write concerning buying equipment from local stores when one can. Any problems or trouble, they are usually willing to help you out, even to exchanging parts. They want your business after all, and they understand that online is often cheaper. But the inconvenience can outweigh the cost savings, and when you need filter or heater help, delay can be fatal to the fish.

Definitely. I cannot believe how fortunate I am to have a shop like this one literally 5 minutes away from my house. I mean I had 4 people helping me with a part problem on my heater, looking through manuals and checking inventory.


Tank finally cleared after a night with the filter running, although I had horrible nightmares of it suddenly leaking... Tomorrow new glass tops for the tank, new hoses for the filter, filter media, thermometer and a heater come in the mail.

Wednesday another heater comes(I accidentally bought a 100watt with my original order, so I am planning on running 2 smaller heaters on either side of the tank)

Thursday the fish make their transfer so long as the heaters work fine and everything looks alright.
BEARitone is offline  
post #16 of 30 Old 11-29-2010, 05:56 PM
Member
 
tanker's Avatar
 
The next best thing to getting a new tank is reading on the forum about somebody else setting up theirs. I can't wait for the fish to go into their new home
tanker is offline  
post #17 of 30 Old 12-01-2010, 02:15 AM
New Member
 
tropicalfishland's Avatar
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by BEARitone View Post
Also I will have a 10 gallon tank, with either 3 platys or if I am able to move them to the big tank nothing at all. I was thinking maybe a single male betta and some plants. I have heard bettas can get along with platys, is there any ground to that?

you should just use your 10 gal as a quarantine tank, I don't know how many times I wish i had one before I actually got one.

Last edited by tropicalfishland; 12-01-2010 at 02:17 AM.
tropicalfishland is offline  
post #18 of 30 Old 12-01-2010, 10:22 PM
Member
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by tropicalfishland View Post
you should just use your 10 gal as a quarantine tank, I don't know how many times I wish i had one before I actually got one.
I second that, if my betta ever croaks (not wishing it upon him) I will convert my 6 gallon into a quarantine.

Pat

ON IOWA! GO HAWKS!
PRichs87 is offline  
post #19 of 30 Old 12-01-2010, 11:18 PM Thread Starter
New Member
 
BEARitone's Avatar
 
Well well well... On Tuesday morning I got my heater I didn't expect until Wednesday morning(today) and later that night I got the other supplies. Fedex came really really late so I basically got the new glass tops on, the heaters in, and the thermometer set up. I left everything running over night and the heaters worked well and the temp was stable.

I bought new tubing for the filter, filter media(pads and ceramic rings), and a media bag to put some established gravel in. The tubing was a huge pain in the butt... Lots of problems that lasted all afternoon. I loaded the new media in as well as a small bag of gravel from the 10g. I also had some problems getting the filter to prime again but eventually got everything running. I put in some chlorine neutralizer and let everything run for a few hours. I made sure the temp was right and worked on moving over my stock.

All but one platy are now in their new home. I left a platy to hang in the 10g for now.


I am also considering my 10g as a quarantine tank.


IMAG0357 by PenguinsUnlimited

Now to order some plants!
BEARitone is offline  
post #20 of 30 Old 12-02-2010, 11:03 AM
Member
 
Byron's Avatar
 
That tank will look fantastic when it is planted, with the wood and the dark substrate and background. You have the room for a couple swords which always do a good job of "anchoring" the aquascape. Now comes the fun part.

Byron Hosking, BMus, MA
Vancouver, BC, Canada

The aquarist is one who must learn the ways of the biologist, the chemist, and the veterinarian. [unknown source]

Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
Byron is offline  
Reply

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Stocking help sandystar Freshwater and Tropical Fish 12 03-13-2010 10:37 PM
Is this stocking ok? Austin Beginner Freshwater Aquarium 4 03-13-2010 03:32 PM
187 Stocking fishfreak2009 Saltwater Fish 1 03-07-2010 08:03 AM
stocking a 125 joeslats Cichlids 5 02-01-2009 07:33 AM
Stocking 55 NBT Freshwater and Tropical Fish 3 01-07-2008 12:27 AM

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome