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Old 08-03-2012, 04:15 AM   #11
 
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@thekoimaiden: It will be a couple weeks before we get the fishies, since we need to switch the substrate to sand for the Corys. You know my situation, so that's why it's directed towards you, but answers from anyone are welcome. They will be in the tank that Comet is in. If I run the 20g filter with the one in the 75g, will it keep the bacteria alive long enough until we get more fish? If not, I have a cycled Betta tank filter of the same size cartridge, it would just be easier to continue to use the one that is in it.

What order should I add the fish if I go with:
Rasboras
Pygmy Corys
1 Honey Gourami

Thanks! I have no idea what order would be best.
Definitely put the 20 gal filter on the 75 gal tank. Goldfish produce more then enough ammonia to keep the filter well "feed." When the new fish come in just take the filter and put it on the community tank. When this time does come to remove the 20 gal filter, keep and eye on the parameters in the goldfish tank.

As for the order of fish I would add the rasboras first. Let the tank mature for about a month and then add the gourami. Pygmy cories are sensitive, so I would wait at least another 2-3 months before adding them. Not only does the tank need to be fully cycled, but it also needs to be mature for them to prosper. Hope this all works out!!
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Old 08-03-2012, 11:02 AM   #12
 
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Definitely put the 20 gal filter on the 75 gal tank. Goldfish produce more then enough ammonia to keep the filter well "feed." When the new fish come in just take the filter and put it on the community tank. When this time does come to remove the 20 gal filter, keep and eye on the parameters in the goldfish tank.

As for the order of fish I would add the rasboras first. Let the tank mature for about a month and then add the gourami. Pygmy cories are sensitive, so I would wait at least another 2-3 months before adding them. Not only does the tank need to be fully cycled, but it also needs to be mature for them to prosper. Hope this all works out!!
Thank you so much!

In a week we will be ordering what we need from that Drs. Foster & Smith place since I've heard good stuff about them. We'll get:
sand
all of the food (some new Betta pellets, tropical flakes, and sinking shrimp pellets-- is that good for the Corys?)
heater (Is the Hydor Theo good?)
Prime conditioner
and maybe something else.

I planned on using the decorations we already have, but my husband is goofy and wants to pick a theme. (:
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Old 08-03-2012, 11:42 AM   #13
 
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Agh, it aggravates me when the edit button isn't there.

Edit: Is this sand okay? It says marine in the title, but fresh and salt in the description.. Just a little confused. Aquarium Substrate for Marine Aquariums: CaribSea Instant Aquarium Substrate Tahitian Moon
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Old 08-03-2012, 12:25 PM   #14
 
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That sand looks fine, but I would go with play sand. It is ridiculously cheap, I got 55lbs for 7.81. It is very dusty though and I spent at least an hour getting it dust free. But it was so worth it. I think the mix of different colors is more natural then black.
But other choice is good, up to you.
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Old 08-03-2012, 12:36 PM   #15
 
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That sand looks fine, but I would go with play sand. It is ridiculously cheap, I got 55lbs for 7.81. It is very dusty though and I spent at least an hour getting it dust free. But it was so worth it. I think the mix of different colors is more natural then black.
But other choice is good, up to you.
I was going to use play sand, but we have a background with lots of pretty blues and I thought it would make everything sort of "pop". I don't have my mind made up for sure, though. I think I'll scout the nearby stores' sand. How can I be sure the play sand doesn't have any harmful additives?
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Old 08-03-2012, 01:32 PM   #16
 
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Oh, geez, just measured the tank.. Turns out it's 15g! What?! It does not look like one. Is the community still doable?

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Old 08-06-2012, 06:11 PM   #17
 
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Your equipment list looks good. Hydor is a good brand. The sand is also good for freshwater, too. I contemplated using it for my 29 gal community as I wanted a good black sand, but it is kinda sharp. I've heard it said that the particular sand isn't good for substrate fish like cories and loaches. I went with another brand that was actually cheaper and highly recommended. It's the Estes UltraReef sand. I found some very cheap (shipping was also cheap) through google shopping. It's just a thought.

Hmm. Now knowing it's a 15 gal tank, it might be a bit cramped. I would certainly lower the numbers in the schools to 7. The honey gourami might be a stretch in there. I would wait and add him last. If you seem to have trouble keeping the tank clean or fish keep getting sick I would skip the gourami.
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Old 08-07-2012, 10:55 PM   #18
 
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How long should I quarantine them? I've never had to before.
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Old 08-08-2012, 12:20 AM   #19
 
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What other tanks do you have? You could also look into getting a large plastic container. I'm currently using one as a QT.
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Old 08-08-2012, 01:30 AM   #20
 
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I have an empty 10g I was saving to be a quarantine tank
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