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Old 03-05-2014, 04:47 PM   #11
 
I probably will, too. I want to add some frogbit for the gourami.

Today I added a small bottle of Tetra Safe Start directly on top of the filter sponge. Adding the TSS here, oddly made the water much less cloudy than the first time I used it when it clouded the tank so badly I could hardly see my fish. I found this interesting.
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Old 03-06-2014, 01:47 AM   #12
 
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Bacteria like to stick to surfaces, so this makes perfect sense. Sorry, I forgot to mention that technique. You're very schmaaht.
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Old 03-06-2014, 07:00 AM   #13
 
I added the bottle and sucked up tank water twice to make sure I got it all. I'll take a reading in a bit.
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Old 03-06-2014, 07:50 AM   #14
 
Guys, I cannot BEGIN tell you how hopelessly in love with this little gourami I am. He has so much character!! I'm hoping I can con the hubby into getting some lightbulbs for the tank this weekend and getting my filter and some frogbit ordered the 14th. I wish i could shove normal household bulbs in the hood but the cover doesn't allow enough space. I may be able to talk him into my baby BN on the 14th as well, but then it'll be another two weeks before I can add anymore fish. He may have to wait in lou of ordering my filter and the frogbit.

Quick question on adding cories -
I talked to my husband and I think we agreed on a $20 every two weeks fish allowance for this tank. Panda cories are $8 a pop locally, if I got two every two weeks until the shoal was appropriately sized, would this have any long-term negative effects on them? I could always save the money until I could get the entire shoal and add another small bottle of TSS along with them. Or would that not work either?
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Old 03-06-2014, 05:36 PM   #15
 
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Making the best of a less than optimal situation. I'm sure there are conscientious keepers here who would recommend that even without financial strictures.
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Old 03-06-2014, 06:35 PM   #16
 
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They aren't going to die if you only get two at a time. Initially you want to stock slowly but the more fish you have in the tank the more you can add at a time. So in a tank with some 30 fish in it, you can easily add 15 fish at once and not have a problem. Assuming the 30 aren't neons and the 15 aren't goldfish
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Old 03-06-2014, 06:40 PM   #17
 
They are more than likely going to be the next fish in after my bn. So it'll just be the DG and BN then them. Thanks for the input. (: probably do snails next then start tetras.
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Old 03-06-2014, 07:20 PM   #18
 
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Bob's Tropicals has Pandas for $3 a pop, with .50 off per fish if you get 6 or more. So that could be cheaper for you depending on shipping which is usually around $13.

So theoretically, if you get 6 for 8 dollars a piece that's $48. I you get 6 for 2.50 a pice plus $13 dollar shipping that's $28.
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Old 03-06-2014, 08:54 PM   #19
 
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I do think a clown pleco would be more appropriate choice. There are two kinds of overstocking - keeping lots of fish and keeping fish in tanks that are too small. As I understand it you are going for the former and not the latter. Clown pleco eats wood more than algae.

Speaking of algae, the tank is not large enough to sustain otos and nerites, both of which are notorious for not eating processed food. You would have to culture a lot of algae rocks and swap them out every day. Certainly switching from a BN to a clown will provide more food for the algae eaters.

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Old 03-06-2014, 09:01 PM   #20
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I do think a clown pleco would be more appropriate choice. There are two kinds of overstocking - keeping lots of fish and keeping fish in tanks that are too small. As I understand it you are going for the former and not the latter. Clown pleco eats wood more than algae.

Speaking of algae, the tank is not large enough to sustain otos and nerites, both of which are notorious for not eating processed food. You would have to culture a lot of algae rocks and swap them out every day. Certainly switching from a BN to a clown will provide more food for the algae eaters.
I'm in agreement with the otos and nerites, but wouldn't a clown pleco be a problem? Woodeaters have a heavy bioload due to the diet.
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