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Old 03-06-2014, 09:06 PM   #21
 
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High bioload is her goal. A clown is far more size appropriate and will not compete with the otos and nerites like the BN will.

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Old 03-06-2014, 09:44 PM   #22
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I thought the goal was a large amount of fish and that the high bioload was just a byproduct of that. I personally wouldn't put a woodeater in a tank where bioload may be a concern. That's just me though. I wouldn't consider BNs either, even smaller species like starlights. Again, just me. If the goal is simply a large number of fish I'd be looking to have a lower bioload per fish and thus be looking at things like red lizard whiptails.
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Old 03-06-2014, 09:58 PM   #23
 
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Same difference

But yeah I agree. i would also swap out cardinal tetras for embers tetras. Fish that are too large for a tank tend to not be active, and I can see a group of cardinals just floating around in a 10.

No doubt that there are high, medium and low bioload fish that serve the same purpose. However, at the end of the day, you have to work with what is available to you.
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Old 03-07-2014, 04:43 AM   #24
 
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Interesting thread and will be keeping an eye on it. We run a single species (guppy) setup that is grossly overstocked and most people would be horrified at it but it seems to work just fine. The maintenance on it is no more 'intense' than for a normal tank, a 50% water change every three days (takes 15mins tops) keeps the water params stable. Water comes out of the tap at 10ppm and never gets above 15ppm in the tank. The setup, despite its size, is quite heavily planted and this seems to be a major benefit and the plants flourish.

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Old 03-07-2014, 07:20 AM   #25
 
I definitely don't want a wood-eater. I'm moving my gorgeous piece of driftwood from my 2.5 to the 10. The otos will be decided on based on how the nerites keep up with my algae farm. I'm going to be running two 10w 6500k bulbs and as of now, java fern and crypt wendtii are the only plants that will be in there.

As much as I'd like to order the pandas online, my water is pretty hard and I don't want to take a risk of shipping and then an acclimation risk on top of that. I'd rather get them locally where they have a better chance of taking to my tap water. Aside from the gourami, pandas and nerites, no stocking is final. I may end up moving the BN to my 75 before he's even big enough to do anything. Purchase size on him will be 1/2".
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Old 03-07-2014, 07:29 AM   #26
 
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However I've never seen my clown pleco eat wood. I've seen him eat snails before .. And an BN pleco too -_-
Ignore me.. My fish are weird.


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Old 03-07-2014, 07:35 AM   #27
 
I would cry if I found my nerites eaten D: I was so sad when my tiger nerite died in my 2.5 but that brings me to a question I was about to ask....

He was missing the top pointy spiral on his shell, I've seen this in a lot of nerites, is it damage or is it supposed to be like that? I've seen some without the missing point. I kinda attributed my snail's death to it because his was a full hole. Here is a photo of what I'm talking about.
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Old 03-07-2014, 08:13 AM   #28
 
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Like I said .. Ignore me lol
My clown pleco all around is abnormal . Killed a snail as large as himself within minutes into the tank . Doesn't care a lick about wood, killed and ate a BN pleco along with my ornate bichir . Did I mention he's best buddies with my bichir lol. I know they can gravitate towards meaty food but hadn't realized that included live food.. Well for mine at least haha



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Old 03-07-2014, 08:19 AM   #29
 
With any luck, I'll end up with one like that, too. .-. Just because I love my nerites more than I should, haha.
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Old 03-07-2014, 08:35 AM   #30
 
I just read some interesting information regarding the HOB I have. Apparently if you don't change the cartridge, the carbon will leach bad bacteria back into the tank, destroying my cycle and I should replace the cartridge with polyfill (can you use the kind that isn't in sheets?) and the plastic sponge that you don't replace with ceramic rings. I plan on running this HOB (stock with Walmart 10 gal kit, I think it's an Aqua-Tech 5-15) with the Tom's Rapids Mini Canister and am looking to increase my bio media in any way possible.
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