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What should I bring home for an empty tank?
Old 01-22-2011, 04:10 AM   #11
 
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You should be able to put in a similar bio load to what you have now. If you take out 6 large fish and come home with one or two small fish you'll lose some of your bacteria colony because of the reduced bioload. Is this the 125 gallon tank? How many fish are in there now and what kind?
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Old 01-22-2011, 06:24 AM   #12
 
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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!

Yes of course. Bear with me. I know nothing about small fish But for 2 weeks I have been reading and reading, researching and joined this forum.

I have a 125 gallon.

Rummy Nose Tetras 12

Drawf neon rainbow fish 12

Kuli Loach 5

Zebra Dano 12

Congo Tetras

Odessa Barbs

Sterbai cories

Cherry barbs

Sword Tails

Clown Loaches at least 3

Black Ruby Barb

And i LOVE black Mollys, but I am not sure they will fit with this group? I have yet to research that one.


Then some scavengers:

Bristlenose catfish

Corydoras catfish.


I am not sure about these either.


So, what do you think? What should I come home with today? Or probably tomorrow to be honest, as I don't want to stress them out while work on my tank. You practically have to get inside this puppy to aquascape!
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Old 01-22-2011, 06:29 AM   #13
 
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You should be able to put in a similar bio load to what you have now. If you take out 6 large fish and come home with one or two small fish you'll lose some of your bacteria colony because of the reduced bioload. Is this the 125 gallon tank? How many fish are in there now and what kind?

Oh Lord.

I have in there now, 5 Frontosas, 6-8 inches, 1 Blue Dolpin, and two Leleupi and one unknown. Here is a picture. I have 2 AQ 110s on there and sand as substrate. Thank has been up for over three years but initially had 12 Fronts.




Little fish are gonna kill my filters, huh? Oh ****ums.

I am going today ~ please help!
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Old 01-22-2011, 07:24 AM   #14
 
well im not sure about the stoking but if your going to rep the community tank your deffinately going to need more cover (plants and such) or else the fish will get stressed. Plus it will look nicer to see a whole wack of colorful fish comming out from behind the cover!

Good luck
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Old 01-22-2011, 10:28 AM   #15
 
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well im not sure about the stoking but if your going to rep the community tank your deffinately going to need more cover (plants and such) or else the fish will get stressed. Plus it will look nicer to see a whole wack of colorful fish comming out from behind the cover!

Good luck

Not sure what you mean by "stoking" or "rep", but yes, I know I need a lot more plants! All that is coming out.

I am doing a complete makeover!
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Old 01-22-2011, 01:18 PM   #16
 
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Your Fronts are gorgeous! Why are you getting rid of them...just a change of pace? The African have a pretty heavy bio load so I think you could bring back 2 or 3 schools of the little fish (such as the danios, rummies and dwarf rainbows) and maybe some cories. Start with that then build from there each week.
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Old 01-22-2011, 01:21 PM   #17
 
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I just realized I should ask...did you have to buffer your water for the Africans? They like hard water and the community fish you listed are more soft water (except the Swordtails and Mollies).
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Old 01-22-2011, 01:34 PM   #18
 
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I'm sure you know, african cichlids will shred anything you put in that's not an african cichlid...
They're built like football players.
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Old 01-22-2011, 01:36 PM   #19
 
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I'm sure you know, african cichlids will shred anything you put in that's not an african cichlid...
They're built like football players.
She's rehoming her Africans, and going with the peacefulness and zen of a community tank.
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I'm sure you know, african cichlids will shred anything you put in that's not an african cichlid...
They're built like football players.
Yes I know. I am done with cichlids for a while.

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She's rehoming her Africans, and going with the peacefullness and zen of a community tank.

Yes! I just caught them all and I am in tears. OMG. My biggest Front hit the floor and he is so big. I could not catch Flipper, my Blue Dolphin, but I just did.

I hate this part.

Wish me luck!!

I will find you guys on my iPad at the lFS!
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