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Old 02-22-2012, 02:31 PM   #11
 
My Rena xp3 is like 2 feet from my head when I sleep. I would call it a quiet filter for the most part. Mine does not fit under my stand for my 55 gallon so its probably louder then usual since there are no noise blocks. Being a college student my solution to this is to just bury it with cloths. There are always like 3 large towels or an equivalent amount of clothing piled on top of it. As long as it is buried it does not bother me when I sleep.
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Old 02-29-2012, 09:09 AM   #12
 
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Looking at Diamonds, I'm confused (as always hehe).

The profile here for Diamond Tetra matches what I see elsewhere (for example Diamond Tetra ? Moenkhausia pittieri) but they look nothing like what I see online when you go to buy them (for example here Diamond Tetra).


Is this just the difference between adult and juvenile? I really like the ones featured in the profile here... the ones in the online store ... not so much. They look really small though, so I'm thinking maybe it is just a picture of a juvenile and they'll grow into the larger looking size shown in the profiles.
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Old 02-29-2012, 11:00 AM   #13
 
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Looking at Diamonds, I'm confused (as always hehe).

The profile here for Diamond Tetra matches what I see elsewhere (for example Diamond Tetra ? Moenkhausia pittieri) but they look nothing like what I see online when you go to buy them (for example here Diamond Tetra).


Is this just the difference between adult and juvenile? I really like the ones featured in the profile here... the ones in the online store ... not so much. They look really small though, so I'm thinking maybe it is just a picture of a juvenile and they'll grow into the larger looking size shown in the profiles.
As noted in our profile, this fish is usually seen as juveniles in stores, and it is rather drab and difficult to sex. As it matures, it blossoms in to the beauty it is, in soft water with lots of plants. If you get young fish and can't tell, get a good group, say 7+ and you should have male/female.
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Old 02-29-2012, 11:16 AM   #14
 
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Humm, I see all my links were removed so it dosen't make much sense now.

What I was meaning is, the ones I see when buying look much thinner (vertically) with short fins and are more like a neon tetra, but silver in color. While the ones I see here in the profile are quite a bit thicker (vertically) and have long fins. I greatly prefer that long fin look.
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Old 02-29-2012, 12:23 PM   #15
 
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Humm, I see all my links were removed so it dosen't make much sense now.

What I was meaning is, the ones I see when buying look much thinner (vertically) with short fins and are more like a neon tetra, but silver in color. While the ones I see here in the profile are quite a bit thicker (vertically) and have long fins. I greatly prefer that long fin look.
The profile photos are mature fish. This species, like some others such as the Congo Tetra, when juvenile are scarcely recongnizable as the same fish. Those links did actually work, but only when I did a response post, so i was able to see the photos; they are juvenile fish.
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Old 02-29-2012, 12:45 PM   #16
 
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Thanks, that's good to know. They really do look so much better as an adult!

My next internal debate is over the Flame Tetra or Pepper Cory ... It would be nice to have some red in the middle, but I wouldn't want it to be too crowded either with the Angels and Diamonds. I'm still leaning towards the Flame Tetra.

6x Scalare Angelfish
10x Marble Hatchet
10x Diamond Tetra
10x Flame Tetra
8x Kuhli Loach
6x Otocinclus
1x Bristlenose Pleco

I'm pretty sure that will take me to the limit, 51 fish in total.
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Old 02-29-2012, 03:43 PM   #17
 
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Thanks, that's good to know. They really do look so much better as an adult!

My next internal debate is over the Flame Tetra or Pepper Cory ... It would be nice to have some red in the middle, but I wouldn't want it to be too crowded either with the Angels and Diamonds. I'm still leaning towards the Flame Tetra.

6x Scalare Angelfish
10x Marble Hatchet
10x Diamond Tetra
10x Flame Tetra
8x Kuhli Loach
6x Otocinclus
1x Bristlenose Pleco

I'm pretty sure that will take me to the limit, 51 fish in total.
That should work, fish wise. I would myself have corys instead of kuhlis, which may not be seen much. Corys will add interest to the bottom.

Do you want the otos and BN because you really want them as fish, or are you thinking algae?
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Old 02-29-2012, 07:46 PM   #18
 
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Fish, I know they are not good for algae.

I really like Pleco's. I'd actually really like a Common Pleco, but due to their size and likely destruction of the plant life as the monster roars through the tank, I compromise for the smaller Bristlenose.
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Old 02-29-2012, 08:44 PM   #19
 
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Fish, I know they are not good for algae.

I really like Pleco's. I'd actually really like a Common Pleco, but due to their size and likely destruction of the plant life as the monster roars through the tank, I compromise for the smaller Bristlenose.
OK. Wait for some algae before introuding these. Otos especially are wild caught and nearly starved when they reach stores. If introduced to a tank with some live algae they will settle in much better. Introduced to a "clean" environment usually means death to them. They need their natural food to get them back to scratch, then they will adapt to sinking foods.

There are some lovely plecos in the Hypancistrus genus, some of which max out at 4-5 inches. There are some beauties becoming available, though males are territorial. So are the BN for that matter. With lots of bogwood and plants, a 4-foot will work for 3 or 4.
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Old 03-07-2012, 04:54 PM   #20
 
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Well, made one major step forward.

The tank is bought, a 125 gallon for $360 (ouch!). But at $50 off I jumped on it even though I can't set it up yet.

So the next steps are to get the floors done (that 125 is never going to be moved...) and the stand built.

Then the real fun begins =)

As I had mentioned in another thread, it comes with two Aqueon 36" light fixtures that really only have 24" bulbs. So ultra low light. Might have to build a wood canopy and get two full 36" shop lights. It also came with the Aqueon versatop 100 glass covers. The same tank anywhere else, which do not come with lights, is $493, so I think I got a good deal :)
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