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This is a discussion on Look at what i just got. within the Freshwater Journals forums, part of the Aquarium Photography category; --> Originally Posted by jones57742 Cichlids are very, very aggressive fish. IMHO, I would post the types which you are "thinking of" and get comments ...

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Old 08-05-2007, 04:46 PM   #11
 
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Cichlids are very, very aggressive fish.
IMHO, I would post the types which you are "thinking of" and get comments from the forum members before spending $'s on the fish.


1) Please note that placing fish in a tank which contains tap water which has not been dechlorinated will kill the fish.
2) I have searched the Wal*Mart site and cannot find the aquarium which you purchased.
3) I have found that keeping fish is a very nice endeavor: I hope that you enjoy it as much as I have.

I WILL check with the forum before I buy the cichlids! This is one of the things I have most problems with (selecting the right fish) and I will be sure to get it right with this tank.

I just bought 2 25pound bags of sand from a LFS and washed it VERY well before i put it in the tank.

I think as far as rocks go i will go to a gardening place down the street and get some slate. (I will also do the vinegar test and boil it prior to placing it in the tank)

I use Genesis treatment to declorinate my tank. I have been told by many people that it is the best. How long would you wait to put the fish in after treating the water?

It is an "Aqua Culture" tank that is distributed by Walmart. I was a little scared to buy anything from walmart and there was not that much information on the internet about it. The only thing I could find was a review on a smaller 10gal tank. I am very happy with my purchase so far. The tank is made by "all glass" and the filter is made by marineland. The filter is a step down from the bio wheel and i will probably be upgrading/adding on another biowheel filter.

I will take your advice and buy one of the stick on backgrounds, or even have my dad cut me a sheet of Corian in black to put back there on the outside (he works for Dupont and we have a TON in our basement) -I also don't like the idea of painting a brand new tank.

I will cycle the tank with Danios. How many would you suggest for a 55gal? also would floating my bio-wheel from my 20gal tank help any? When I was adding the water I took 10gal's from my old tank and put it in the new one. I plan on doing 15% water changes in the new tank everyday and would it be a good thing if i replaced that water with, say, 2 gallons from my old tank each day and then used treated tap water to replace the rest?

It is cool to see that everyone is takeing interest in my new tank. I am very excited about it and I can not wait to have it finished. I will be posting pictures of the very empty tank later tonight.
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Old 08-05-2007, 09:10 PM   #12
 
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You are definitely on the "right track here" and I appreciate your reading and studying my post as it "takes more than a minute or two" "to put one of those together and edit".

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I use Genesis treatment to dechlorinate my tank. I have been told by many people that it is the best. How long would you wait to put the fish in after treating the water?
The chlorines and chlorarmines will be reduced within seconds and the water will be ready for the addition of fish except that establishing a 78F water temperature may take from several hours to a day depending on the wattage of your heater.
I am not familiar with Genesis via experience but have reviewed the product description on the web and if "I had already purchased" it I would use it.
Two additional items here:
1) please note that Genesis does not remove chlorine but reduces the chlorine and chloramines to stable molecules which are not toxic to fish.
2) "Many folks will disagree with me here" but when I do WC's with tap water I add 50% or 100% more than the recommend quantity of the dechlorinate.

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I will cycle the tank with Danios. How many would you suggest for a 55gal?
I presume that these are Zebras:
Adults (2" fish) 6
Juvies (1" fish) 12
and no overfeeding.

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also would floating my bio-wheel from my 20gal tank help any?
Yes.
"Somehow" putting it in your filtration process at the first stage would "help more".

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I plan on doing 15% water changes in the new tank everyday"
Do not think that "I would do this one"!
In nominal typical cycling and subsequent thereto 25% weekly WC's are typical.
The 15%/day WC may interfere with the propagation of digestion bacteria in your biological filtration media.

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and would it be a good thing if i replaced that water with, say, 2 gallons from my old tank each day and then used treated tap water to replace the rest?
This, IMHO, is very, very "good thinking".
By "old tank" I believe that you are referring to your 20G tank.
If so then yes but the 25% weekly water changes I believe to still be appropriate.

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Old 08-05-2007, 09:24 PM   #13
 
wow thank you jones for all of the great advice and help!
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Old 08-05-2007, 09:48 PM   #14
 
YW

Once again I appreciate you reading and studying my last post as it took "more than a minute or two to prepare and edit".

TR

Please do not be a stranger.

As I stated earlier the members of this forum can be a "ton of help" and save you "a bunch of $'s and grief".

TR
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Old 08-06-2007, 12:24 AM   #15
 
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Just a thought about spray painting the back black: if you use a black stick-on background, you can always remove it later if you change your mind. My 55-gallon is a plexi that came with a black background and my husband hates it. He really wishes it were clear so that he could put his choice of background on it. I, however, think it shows off the fish well, and I have no problems with it. Just something to think about.
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Old 08-06-2007, 02:39 PM   #16
 


I decided to go with black gravel. I did not like sand because of the mess it makes and I just did not want to deal with it.
-Do not think my tank is ANY where near finished.-
The plants are in there just so the bottom is not empty and they were in a 2.5gal tank so it is also helping with the cycle (I think) - they will be taken out by the end of the cycle as I think they are ugly.

I put all 9 of my danios in there. They love the big tank :D . I hate how empty it looks right now :( .

As far as a background goes... I have something in the works ...
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Old 08-06-2007, 03:44 PM   #17
 
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I'm loving the black gravel comando, it looks really neat.

I always think that a tank with black gravel, a dark background and lots of greenery is a good combo, and really brings out the colours of the fish :)
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Old 08-06-2007, 03:52 PM   #18
 
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and really brings out the colours of the fish :)
that's what I was going for.. thanks!
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Old 08-06-2007, 09:46 PM   #19
 
Got some rock from a gardening place for $5 for like 50 pounds of it!!!

I first tested the rock with vinegar. It did not fizz. (I think it is slate)

Then I sprayed it down really good with a hose. I then scrubbed each piece very well with bleach.

Then I rinsed off the rock with the hose (to get rid of excess bleach) and I put the rock in a 10gal tank with a hose in it that let the water over flow out of the tank, I let it sit there for like 20 mins to let it wash off.

I took each piece out and again sprayed it with the hose.

I took it inside and put each rock under VERY hot steaming water from my sink and let it rinse on each side for about 2 and a half mins then I flipped the rock over and again washed.

Now I have about HALF of the rocks done and in my tank. There is a little cloudiness from the rocks, should I be worried about that? My danios think its great and they keep swimming in and out of the rock and are no longer going to the top :)

Tell me what you think!

-Also I got the smaller river rocks from the dollar store, They are like decorative candle stick rocks, I used them in my last tank (in brown) and I went and got 3 bags of it (in black) for $3+tax.... I just boiled these-



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Old 08-06-2007, 09:47 PM   #20
 
note- the bio wheel is attached to the inlet of the filter with a zip tie haha


and also when I do get my cichlids I will set it up to be a little bit more sturdy, I still have half as many rocks to put in the tank, for now I just wanted to make it look a little interesting with what I have....
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