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Are air pumps any good?how many plants do i need in my 260l tank?
Old 12-04-2010, 11:01 AM   #11
 
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The echinodorus compacta is the only plant that's aquatic. The others have to have their leaves out of the water.

Also, do you use a filter?

If your fish are gasping, you're doing the right thing to return an airstone.

Perhaps you don't have sufficient filtration... 6 plants in a 70 gallon probably won't provide enough oxygen.
I strongly reccomend you find some plants in our plant profiles, and then go look for them. The other plants you purchased will rot submerged. Spathiphullum is actually a peace lily.


For oxygenation, look for plants such as:
Anarchis (Elodea)
Wisteria (Hygrophila Difformis)
Pennywort
Stargrass
Ludwigea Repens

Java Fern, Java Moss, crypts, and anubias are also nice, but they tend to be slow growers... They won't be the best oxygenators.

A Liquid fertiliser also helps. Flourish Comprehensive is a good one.
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Old 12-04-2010, 12:03 PM   #12
 
hi there thanks for the reply. so none of the plants i got are really any good what so ever?i will look for some plants that you have said.yes i have a fluvil 305 pump+filter.i got 4 clown loaches 5 days ago and have come out in white spot so because i am treating the water i have put both air pumps back on.
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Old 12-04-2010, 12:59 PM   #13
 
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As I mentioned, the echinodorus species is good. It's a true aquatic.
The other two aren't. (Unless you can find a way to keep the roots underwater and the leaves above...)
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Old 12-04-2010, 07:02 PM   #14
 
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I agree on the airstones. Fish gasping in a 70g means something must be wrong.

You do realize the clown loach will quickly outgrow a 70g tank? They attain 8-12 inches. Check the profile. They are also notorious for ich, a highly sensitive fish. Treatments have to be done with care. Loaches are "naked" meaning they have no scales so chemicals can irritate them--and never use salt esp with loaches.
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Old 12-05-2010, 02:57 AM   #15
 
hi well my tank is only 260L so thats only a 55g tank not a 70g.my friend had 2 clown loaches in his 120L tank for 5 or 6 years and they never grew more than 4- 4.5 inches.i am still not sure how many plants to have in my tank.it woul d help if the fish shop had sold me proper tropical fish plants!!!i sore a jarva moss ball i think its called but it was 10 around $18.i always use to but abit of salt in but not since i got my clown loach.i have got a all weather loach its callled its like i skin coloured worm. that has no scales but has never had white spot..... Thanks byron hope to hear from you soon.
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Old 12-05-2010, 12:18 PM   #16
 
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well my tank is only 260L so thats only a 55g tank not a 70g.my friend had 2 clown loaches in his 120L tank for 5 or 6 years and they never grew more than 4- 4.5 inches.
Yes, that is what we call "stunting." The fish does not have sufficient space to properly develop internally (the vital organs) and it becomes deformed. Along the way it is more likely to be susceptible to health problems that otherwise would not occur. it will probably have a much shorter lifespan. Need I go on? This is comparable to putting a horse on your apartment balcony; yes it may live and "look" fine, but is it? There simply is not sufficient space in terms of physical room and the resulting water conditions.

And, loaches need a group; they are highly social fish. I said 4 would manage in that respect, although 5-6 is usually considered minimum. Left on their own or as two, they will have further stress because they are being denied the necessities of life.
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Old 12-05-2010, 12:22 PM   #17
 
hmm i see well i have got 4 but as you say they will out grow my tank in a year or so.have to cross that bridge when i get to it.
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