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post #31 of 62 Old 10-25-2010, 03:36 PM
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Similiar to Byrons idea, how about 8 Ember tetras and 8 neons?
Would be a fair bit of variety, could mix in a trio of small cories, and throw some plants in.

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post #32 of 62 Old 10-25-2010, 05:03 PM Thread Starter
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So I can just take some concrete blocks and a 3/4" piece of plywood and I have a stand? Wow! That is cool!

8 Emebers, 8 Neons, and 3 Corydoras? I you talking about a 29 gallon or a 10?

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post #33 of 62 Old 10-26-2010, 05:02 PM Thread Starter
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First on the shelf, I see it bending from the weight of the 10g; I suspect a 29g (three times the weight) would bring it crashing down some night, if not immediately. Even as it is, there is a risk; an uneven support for any tank can cause the tank to contort (if that is the word I'm looking for) to the extent that the frame is uneven and the weight of the water on the glass can cause the silicone seal to break, or crack the glass especially on the bottom. I would invest in a sturdy stand for the 29g, even if just two concrete blocks (on the floor) with a 3/4 inch sheet of plywood; simple but very stable and solid.
You say that my tank could crack soon? How soon? Within the next month?

I can work with my dad on building a strong desk/shelf, with flooring plywood and solid concrete blocks. It might be a while before I can afford everything I need. Should I take out a loan from my parents? I am trying to come up with a design for the shelf. I think we are talking about making it about 3 feet tall and 7 feet or so long, with concrete blocks in the middle for support.

Last thing I can afford right now is a diesaster. If anybody has any ideas or suggestions, please let me know! Thanks!

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post #34 of 62 Old 10-26-2010, 08:24 PM
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I doubt your 10g is likely to blow apart any time soon; but don't jiggle it around, water is quite heavy and there is pressure on the glass from the water pushing out.

For the stand, 3/4 or even 1-inch plywood for the tank(s) to sit on supported by standing concrete blocks or 2 or 3 stacked horizontally at each end works fine; my 70g is sitting on this arrangement. I would definitely suggest two columns of blocks, it will be much sturdier. The plywood must extend just past the frame of the tank on all 4 sides to ensure adequate support. The wood allows the tank frame to "sink" into it should there be any slight variances in the frame as sometimes happens.

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post #35 of 62 Old 10-26-2010, 09:12 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you so much for explaning the inexpensive, simple way to set up an aquarium stand! I think we will use this method for my own tanks! Thanks!

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post #36 of 62 Old 10-27-2010, 11:42 AM
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My ideas about the embers and neons would be for a 10 gallon-

Both fish are tiny.

Of course, they are also soft-water.

If you have hardwater, you could go with some small danio species...

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post #37 of 62 Old 10-27-2010, 04:18 PM Thread Starter
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You're kidding! Are you serious?
8 Embers
8 Neons
3 Corydoras
That is not overstocked? That is 19 fish, for a 10 gallon tank!

I'm just posting this post to make sure there is no error. That is amazing!

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post #38 of 62 Old 10-27-2010, 04:38 PM
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I still think that would be to many fish. I had almost the same set up except there were 8 Ember, 6 neons, 5 dwarf corys, 2 ADF and 2 Ghost shrimp and the fish were not happy and I had a hard time even with plants and weekly water change keeping the ammonia, nitrite, and nitrates in check. I removed the Neons, and the corys and things are much better and the embers are much more active.

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post #39 of 62 Old 10-27-2010, 04:49 PM Thread Starter
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How about 6 neons, 6 embers, 3 albino corydoras and a Ghost shrimp? That might be overdoing it a little. I just realized today that my corydoras is a soft water fish (I think), so I am going to try to get him in with the tetras, which is going to take about 6" off my other 10g. Any ideas?

I think I will find a good home for my lemons. It wasn't an issue until I realized that corydoras are soft water. If anybody has any stocking suggestions other than 6 neons, 6 embers, and 3 corydoras, or if you think that is also overstocked (it probably is but I am just suggesting...), please post ypo.

Thanks!

(I'll get this figured out eventually)

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post #40 of 62 Old 10-27-2010, 05:02 PM
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I still think your pushing it a little bit but if you are going to have lots and lots of plants and are sure you do you water changes you might be ok.

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