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post #1 of 62 Old 01-21-2011, 05:21 PM Thread Starter
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What should I bring home for an empty tank?

I am trading in all my fish tomorrow ~ so I can start my community tank. So my tank will be empty. Shouldn't I bring some fish home to keep the bio filter up so until I get all my fish?

How long can a tank go without fish?

Also ~ I have a list of fish I have researched and decided on. Would you buy them all at once?
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post #2 of 62 Old 01-21-2011, 05:48 PM
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1lb of gravel for every gallon
some live plants and some decor
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Keep the filter with all the media running and keep the substrate in there as well. Add one or two fish at a time each week. I believe the tank will be fine as long as it is running. More experienced people will be able to tell you a bit better than I.

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1lb of gravel for every gallon
some live plants and some decor

I would never use gravel in my tanks. I am really talking about fish. I have all my decorations.


Thanks, anyways!
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Keep the filter with all the media running and keep the substrate in there as well. Add one or two fish at a time each week. I believe the tank will be fine as long as it is running. More experienced people will be able to tell you a bit better than I.

I do plan on keeping the sand and I have two well seasoned AQ 110 on the 125. One or two fish at a time, each week.

Sounds like a plan! They are pretty small fishes though....I have Fronts now! Still add just one or two?
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yeah still 1 or 2. It will keep your tank from doing a mini cycle. I may be over cautious but I have had a few bad experiences and I am definitely a better safe then sorry person now when it comes to fish.

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125 gallon-
5 Bala sharks- Hans, Frans, Ace, Gary and Mary Catherine Gallagher
1 clown pleco- Bobo
1 black ghost knife fish- Twist 2
Black sand
Tons of plants
Flourish excel and Comprehensive

20 Gallon-
Guppy tank- breeding like crazy
Eco complete
Flourish excel and comprehensive
a few plants
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Is this going to be a planted tank? If so, the amount of fish you can put in it at one time is very different than an unplanted tank.

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yeah still 1 or 2. It will keep your tank from doing a mini cycle. I may be over cautious but I have had a few bad experiences and I am definitely a better safe then sorry person now when it comes to fish.
Okay. Cool! Thank You!
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Is this going to be a planted tank? If so, the amount of fish you can put in it at one time is very different than an unplanted tank.

Oh No. Not real ones, anyway!
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post #10 of 62 Old 01-21-2011, 10:41 PM
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Hi SweetPoison. What were you thinking of getting for your tank? Would you share your list? I guess the order that you buy them may depend on what your LFS has in stock at the time. Looking forward to seeing your plan!

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