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Switching to 20g Tank...Help!

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Switching to 20g Tank...Help!
Old 09-04-2011, 01:18 PM   #21
 
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My friend who has a 150 gallon tank is coming over tonight hopefully he knows someone who can take the SD and potentially the SAE.



If/when I get rid of these what could be some good potential tank mates for my two swordtails and two corys? Or would this be considered a full tank already? I want to make sure I have the proper information this time way before I add any new fish!


Finally got power back--just setup the new 20 gallon with old decor, filter, put in 25% old water just in case, used old gravel and only used a little bit of new gravel since I didn't have enough to cover the bottom. That gravel I poured boiling water over to clean before placing in the tank. I also have a bubble strip in the back for air/oxygen in the water. Will post pics soon!
Post your tap water parameters (hardness and pH; you can ascertain the hardness from the water supply folks, many now have a website with data posted). Knowing these numbers will allow us to direct you to appropriate fish.
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Old 09-04-2011, 08:10 PM   #22
 
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I know I have very hard water at my home, I do not know any exact number but it is very hard.

The pH is around 8.0 according to a water strip test I just did.


This is the other info:

alkalinity: 180+ (color is close, I'm thinking might be a bite over 180)
hardness: 150-300
nitrite: 0
nitrate: maybe 5? could be zero this color showed up very odd...
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Old 09-04-2011, 10:09 PM   #23
 
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This is my new tank setup, finally completed after a power loss during the hurricane.
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Old 09-05-2011, 11:31 AM   #24
 
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Yes, those numbers indicate hard water. Hardness at 150-300ppm equates to between 8 and 17 dGH. Alkalinity is the KH and at 180 (about 10 dKH) will keep the pH stable. So you have basic medium hard-hard water. Livebearers will be ideal. Plus there are several basic water fish among the Cyprinids in the profiles. And there are several fish that can manage with this. Always keeping in mind, this is a 10g. With the 2 swordtails your space is very limited.
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Old 09-05-2011, 11:34 AM   #25
 
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Well it's actually a 20g now, was formerly a 10g.


Thanks I'll go look into the profiles indicated!
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