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Under gravel filter in a planted tank
Old 11-30-2009, 07:56 PM   #21
 
Adult fish are splendid

The Red Line Barb is a new fish to me, since I've been out of the hobby for approximately 15 years, but I have seen one at a hobby shop demoing a planted tank. It only has one in it but that one fish is a fine looking fish; it grabbed my attention right away. Started trying to remember if I had seen it before but couldn't recall so, apparently a newer specimen into the hobby world since roughly 1999.

I have considered a used tank and probably will pick one up, something around 20 gallons to act as my quarantine tank. I was at a thrift shop today, I'm at my other home on Vancouver Island in Qualicum Beach and I hit the thrift store for cheap magazines and books to read. They had a 30 gallon for around $25 and if I had my main tank I might have bought it, but I know tanks at thrift shop are a dime a dozen so I'll hold off.

I haven't been to Aquarium West in over two decades so I was at their new store yesterday and they have a Fluval Osaka 260 set up I think I'm definitely interested in, its a 57 gallon and the dimensions are decent and could handle 4 Red Line Barbs, some other smaller barb schooling, some Panda Cory's, some shrimp, and with that I think I would be good to go. The dimensions of the tank is:

40.5 inches long
17.7 inches wide
24.5 inches high

Its 4.5 inches longer than the 50 gallon I was looking at, with the red line barb I think I'd be better off with the slightly longer tank.

Thank you for all your kind responses, looking forward to my "new" life in the hobby.
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Old 11-30-2009, 08:22 PM   #22
 
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The Red Line Barb is a new fish to me, since I've been out of the hobby for approximately 15 years, but I have seen one at a hobby shop demoing a planted tank. It only has one in it but that one fish is a fine looking fish; it grabbed my attention right away. Started trying to remember if I had seen it before but couldn't recall so, apparently a newer specimen into the hobby world since roughly 1999.

I have considered a used tank and probably will pick one up, something around 20 gallons to act as my quarantine tank. I was at a thrift shop today, I'm at my other home on Vancouver Island in Qualicum Beach and I hit the thrift store for cheap magazines and books to read. They had a 30 gallon for around $25 and if I had my main tank I might have bought it, but I know tanks at thrift shop are a dime a dozen so I'll hold off.

I haven't been to Aquarium West in over two decades so I was at their new store yesterday and they have a Fluval Osaka 260 set up I think I'm definitely interested in, its a 57 gallon and the dimensions are decent and could handle 4 Red Line Barbs, some other smaller barb schooling, some Panda Cory's, some shrimp, and with that I think I would be good to go. The dimensions of the tank is:

40.5 inches long
17.7 inches wide
24.5 inches high

Its 4.5 inches longer than the 50 gallon I was looking at, with the red line barb I think I'd be better off with the slightly longer tank.

Thank you for all your kind responses, looking forward to my "new" life in the hobby.
AW is a fine store, I know Jeanne the owner, she's quite wonderful and we are friends. But I have to be honest, prices are higher there. If you talked her into a deal... not saying she would, but until one tries. She is a nice person, as is her husband who is often in the store. She has a good website; some of my tanks are pictured in the gallery, old photos though, must send her some updated ones. B.
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Old 12-02-2009, 03:47 PM   #23
 
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Whoo I abandoned this thread for forever.... just a few points to put forward:

-aquariums west is awesome.... If you haven't been there, check it out just for the eye candy. I know I do all the time! Their prices (espescially on equipment) are higher there, yes, but their livestock is super-healthy.

-mr pets is like the reverse... the fish there are pretty biohazardous IME but prices are dirt cheap! I always buy equipment there, mostly because it is 5 minutes away but also cause it's cheap. They have all their stock/pricing on the website so you can always compare to other places which is nice.

-I am absolutely loving my fluval plus filter. I picked it up at mr pets and it is fantastic! It was pricey-er, maybe 40 for the 2 plus but the cost of media is a total joke (probably less than $10/year) and they are dead silent. Plus they are easy to route a carbon line into if you wish. They are phasing the plus line out for the U line, but I am quite happy with the plus and am pretty sure the U line is just a grab to get you buying more filter media.
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