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55 gal Angel-based tank
Old 04-24-2007, 10:26 PM   #31
 
get a load of mopany wood ... it makes the water soft and acidic ... perfect for them

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Old 04-24-2007, 11:01 PM   #32
 
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I was planning to use bottled spring water anyway. Problem is, its completely neutral and my cousin (an marine biologist/ichthyologist in training) has warned me that until I get some more experience, I don't need to attempt to alter water chemistry.

So should I mess with the water chemistry against his advice, or change the plan right after I just got it settled? Or can the rams cope with neutral? Can the cories, angels, and tetras handle soft, acidic water?

Honestly I am thinking about just going back to guppies. Everything else is so.... complicated.
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Old 04-24-2007, 11:10 PM   #33
 
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Angels, cories and tetras originate from waters where the water is soft and acidic however captive breeding over the years has allowed us to keep them in ranges of water conditions provided they are adapted to the water carefully.:)

Your rams should be able to handle your water chemistry as long as they are adapted quite well to it. I see no reason why you should fiddle with your water chemistry. I would only advise to make sure your tank is mature enough to allow the rams to thrive. I bought my rams on a later date than in the first few months and in this case, I never struggled to keep rams.:) It's true I lost some rams but I lost them due to various circumstances such as CO2 leak due to a defective gauge however I see no reason why you will stop keeping rams. If you like them, go on.:) They're quite fun to watch.
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Old 04-24-2007, 11:42 PM   #34
 
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Oh, I LOVE them and they are very beautiful. How would I go about acclimatizing them to the tank, though? Our lfs shut down recently so everything I get is going to be ordered online. How is this for the order to ad them?

Tetras first
Cories next
Angels after that
Rams last

Sorry I am asking so many questions but I have realized that for all my "experience" with guppies and goldfish I may as well be a complete noob.
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Old 04-24-2007, 11:53 PM   #35
 
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Use drip method. You add water from time to time within 30 minutes before introducing them to the tank. Throw away the lfs water for hygienic reasons.

Your plan isn't bad.:) I'll recommend though that sensitive tetras species be added last together with blue rams. What tetras have you decided? Rummies do not fare well in early stages.

Don't hesitate to ask.:) We are open to any questions asked.:)
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Old 04-25-2007, 12:00 AM   #36
 
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Probably either blackskirts or bleeding hearts. Or I could always go back to the red danios. Thank you all for being so helpful and answering my questions.
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Old 04-25-2007, 12:04 AM   #37
 
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Both of your tetras are hardy enough. Just make sure tank is completely cycled because despite being hardy, they will not fare well too long if intoxicated by ammonia and nitrites.:)

Good luck.:)
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Old 04-25-2007, 08:15 AM   #38
 
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Thanks :D
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Old 04-25-2007, 01:14 PM   #39
 
4 angels
2 German blue rams
2 German gold rams
10 corydoras cats



you have all this in a 55 gal. tank??? your angels will grow remarkably and will not be ok with all those other fish when they do so. i was told by a member of the forum to have 15-20 gal for each full sized angel! im not a hundred % sure but you might have some problems with over crowding in the future. just a heads up... id research the species and the sizes they grow to. keep in mind not every fish applies to the one inch one gallon rule. good luck its sounds like youve got a beutiful tank going there
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Old 04-25-2007, 01:58 PM   #40
 
its not hard to make ur water soft and acidic ... perfect for all ur fish. mopany wood is a type of pertrafied would that releases beveficial vitamins into the water while lwering hardness and ph
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