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Old 12-19-2008, 06:26 PM   #41
 
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Hygrophila angustifolia is a really nice looking plant. I know how you feel about the anacharis. I think I'm going to get rid of most of it from my tank. My research says angustifolia is easy to grow, and easy to propagate. Who are you purchasing your Hygrophila angustifolia from? Baylees??
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Old 12-19-2008, 09:02 PM   #42
 
i know, i know! 2- angles ot top, 2- buffalo head cichlids on the bottom, in a cave
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Old 12-19-2008, 09:14 PM   #43
 
i know. 2 beautiful attentive angels on top and 2 buffalo head cichlets on the bottom with a cave .gouramis do not like angles though.then you could have a school of small fish too.since you have handy some aqua silicone you could construct a stone cave .I love how hands on your project is. My best to you.
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Old 12-20-2008, 09:15 AM   #44
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Hygrophila angustifolia is a really nice looking plant. I know how you feel about the anacharis. I think I'm going to get rid of most of it from my tank. My research says angustifolia is easy to grow, and easy to propagate. Who are you purchasing your Hygrophila angustifolia from? Baylees??
Yeah, I'm getting all my plants from Baylees. I looked around a bit (mostly because I'm getting impatient ) but I am on a limited budget, so Baylees won again. And, I have ordered from there before and was pleased with the results.
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Old 12-20-2008, 09:21 AM   #45
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i know. 2 beautiful attentive angels on top and 2 buffalo head cichlets on the bottom with a cave .gouramis do not like angles though.then you could have a school of small fish too.since you have handy some aqua silicone you could construct a stone cave .I love how hands on your project is. My best to you.
Thanks. I can't wait till it's finished! Looking at a big, empty tank right next to my bed is killing me ! Since my stocking plan is not set in stone yet I'll definitely look into those fish that you suggested. I did think of angels before, but thought that they might get too big for my tank, and I don't know if it is tall enough for them.... Anyway, I like doing things hands on because I can make everything specifically the way I envisioned it..I can't wait to get some pictures on here!
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Old 12-20-2008, 09:41 AM   #46
 
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Definitely not large enough for angels once they are adults. I hope you're stuck in stone on the loaches. I just love those fish and can't wait to see your pics of the new tank with its new loaches

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Old 12-20-2008, 02:08 PM   #47
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Definitely not large enough for angels once they are adults. I hope you're stuck in stone on the loaches. I just love those fish and can't wait to see your pics of the new tank with its new loaches
Yeah, I did do a little more research and it just furthered my opinion that they would get too big. I'd love a bigger tank...but, I don't want to be forced to get one when I don't have the funds.

So, I'm going to keep the stocking the way it is. How big of a sand area do you think I should leave for the loaches? Or will they like the "lawn" just as well and be fine with just a small feeding area? I have researched all these fish, but I can't seem to find info on that .
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Old 12-20-2008, 08:02 PM   #48
 
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I don't know anything about Kuhlis. I have clowns & yo-yos. My entire substrate is sand and they prefer darting in & around the plants and all the nooks & crannies of the driftwood. I'd think kuhlis would like alot of hiding spots and I'm sure they'll love the lawn...I know mine would. I feed at the right end of my tank as it's a larger open sand area. I'd say as long as you have an area that's large enough for all of them to have ample space while they are eating that would be plenty enough of an "area".
Kuhlis don't get that large so I'd think they'd be fine with whatever it was you're planning!
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Old 12-21-2008, 11:55 PM   #49
 
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If you're getting kuhlis, I definitely recommend getting some sort of light for night viewing. Mine spend all day huddled in a group in a cave. They can smell the food as soon as it hits the water though and they all come a-loaching out of their caves. They'll do this funny burrowing thing in the sand to find bits of food. They're most active at night, though.
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Old 01-18-2009, 01:40 PM   #50
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Alright, so here's an update.

I have all the hardware that I need to get this thing going now. The reason why it took so long was because the filter that I ordered turned out to be too big, so I had to return it. But, I'm kind of glad that I did because I found one with a surface skimmer which is great because there is something in my water that gives my tanks a protein film no matter what I do.

I also set up the hardscape, and my plants should ship out on Tuesday!! Here it is as of right now. Note: I still haven't rigged up the light yet, but hopefully today I will.

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But, there is some bad news.

1) I can't use the awesome piece of driftwood because I've been having some problems with the other driftwood that I got from that source. Mainly that they start decaying way to soon, and I don't want a huge piece of driftwood in there that I won't be able to take out and scrub if it gets gunky.

2) The worst news is that my stocking plan changed a bit. My 15 gallon....yeah, just not working. There's just something wrong and I can never figure out what it is (I've had problems with this tank from the beginning) so I FINALLY decided that it is just time to tear it down and start over. The fish are just not happy in there for some reason (clamped fins despite great water parameters) and it never looks quite clean and clear. Oh well, I guess I needed to have a failure sometime. So, that means that I will be moving those fish (5 cory catfish and 3 guppies) over to the 29 gallon. I am actually thinking that the cories are going to have a blast on the sand (they are on eco-complete which is just not the same).

So...I'll be keeping the pair of pearl gouramis and the school of harlequin rasboras, but since the cories will have to be on the bottom the loaches will have to go...I know, I know, I don't want to do it but I have to. But, I was thinking off the top of my head that since the cories are a lot smaller than the loaches that I may be able to do a pair of rams as well. I really know nothing about them however, so it's off to do some research once I'm done typing this.
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