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Old 01-01-2007, 06:37 PM   #11
 
Now that you know most filters, you need to go on to choosing fish. What kind of fish do you like. Small ones that school with each other, or just 1 really big one. Do you like a colorful or metalic look. How about bottom dwellers? What about shrimp or snails. I know good comunity tank stocking schemes and i can help you out (well actually its not my knowledge, its a books knowledge)
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Old 01-01-2007, 08:49 PM   #12
 
I'm definately into bottom feeders like algae eaters(smaller kinds).
I'm still learning about different types of aquarium fish...so I don't know much about what I'm really into yet. I like more colorful fish though, as opposed to the metalic (but both would be nice). Never thought about snails. Shrimp seem interesting. Any special requirements or pairing with them? I'd like to know more about that.
I read up on the different stocking schemes, so I'd like to have a tank that balanced out like that.
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Old 01-01-2007, 08:52 PM   #13
 
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I'm definately into bottom feeders like algae eaters(smaller kinds).
Choose either otos or BNs.:)
Avoid the Chinese Algae Eater which are often sold as 'Algae Eater'. There is a lot of horrible truth behind this 'cute' face. Juveniles do consume algae but as they mature, they have a tendency to become more aggressive and eat the slime off the fish. The slime is actually a mucous membrane which is the protective covering of the fish. Removal of this results into vulnerability of fish to diseases.

Good luck with the plan. To tell you the truth, this one is the most exciting part when it comes to setting up the tank.
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Old 01-01-2007, 08:55 PM   #14
 
Wow okay, that was really interesting about what you said in regards to the chinese algae eater! I had no idea at all! I'm glad you said something, I wouldn't have known. What else should I know about them, if anything?
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Old 01-01-2007, 09:06 PM   #15
 
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Wow okay, that was really interesting about what you said in regards to the chinese algae eater! I had no idea at all! I'm glad you said something, I wouldn't have known. What else should I know about them, if anything?
We've had lots of people complaining about CAEs when they bought them. Those fish have been harassing their tankmates to death. I had them before and I never wanted to recall those horrible scenarios where they chased other fish to death and even suck the slime off most of my fish.

Will dig more options for you.:)

Siamese Algae Eater
These fish are excellent at consuming black brush algae which are often hard to remove. Growing to almost 5 inches, they are peaceful but have a tendency to bicker on the members of their own species.
These fish seem long-lived. At least in my experience.
(Come to think of it. I'm about to celebrate my SAE's five years birthday )

Oh, in case you don't know, try to feed the BNs with veggies. If not, they'll turn into the live plants for food. Lettuce, cucumber, zucchini are a few ones I can mention.:)
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Old 01-01-2007, 09:20 PM   #16
 
I can't get over the chinese algae eater thing! I'm so glad I found that out now. I wouldn't have wanted to make that mistake.
I like the idea of the siamese algae eaters. That size is about right I think for what I'd want. Do they do well with others kinds of algae eaters or do you think they're best with their own, and if so how many should I get?
I had no idea about the veggie thing! It is amusing in a way!
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Old 01-01-2007, 09:25 PM   #17
 
Cories are good for your tank. They come in many different colors so you can pick the best one for you. I like the fact that they are bottom dwellers and they will love to play around with your gravel.
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Old 01-01-2007, 09:34 PM   #18
 
Cories do sound like a good idea. The variations in color are a plus too I think. I'm going to look into that:)
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Old 01-01-2007, 10:02 PM   #19
 
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Do they do well with others kinds of algae eaters or do you think they're best with their own, and if so how many should I get?
Only one. SAEs tend to bicker with each other. They are peaceful with other species though.
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I had no idea about the veggie thing! It is amusing in a way!
Lol...I did find this one amusing the first time I heard plecs need veggies or they'll turn to the plants.

I think we've had too much with bottom dwellers. What about the surface and mid levels?:)

Danios and hatchets are good options for the surface. Do ensure you have glass covers as hatchets love to jump. Floating plants also discourage jumping.

Someone here has Glowlight Danios(Danio choprae).
Here's the thread.:)

As for surface, there are many species of barbs, rasboras and tetras to choose. I prefer the Nannostomus beckfordi, Cardinal tetras and Diamond tetras for mid level. Diamonds are so stunning.
If you want rasboras, go with Rasbora heteromorpha or Rasbora hengeli. If you want a go with some expensive nano fish, Galaxy Rasboras are great. They are new to the hobby so you'll find them very expensive.
Cherry barbs are what I'd prefer in the barb category.

You don't have to choose all of them. You can choose which species you like. The more in number, the lesser in species is better than having too many species and then having less in number per species. Way hard to understand this statement.
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Old 01-01-2007, 10:22 PM   #20
 
Hatchets seem interesting! I haven't given too much thought as far as middle and surface dwellers. I guess maybe because I'm still discovering which fish fit into which categories .
The rasboras look nice.
I find when I go searching for the fish that are suggested or even mentioned, it comes up with a ton of different things, that don't really look anything alike, so it's slightly confusing!
The more in number, the less in species line was good. I'll keep that in mind!

Any suggestions on an easier way to research different types of fish easily? Like a chart with a photo description, and important info about each fish? Something all in one place?
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