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post #1 of 10 Old 11-23-2012, 10:53 PM Thread Starter
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Hi, new member wants opinions on fish tank

Hello all,

Have been reading around the forums and enjoying all the information that is available.

I have been keeping fish for approx. 10 years now, always tropicals. There has been a 3 year gap where I did not have any due to rotting mouth disease killing the last batch and ruining the fun for me.

But I am happy to get back in the game.

Had this tank for 12 weeks now. It is a 69 litre tank and I am worried it may be overcrowded! But everyone seems healthy and happy.

Tank is at 25.5 degrees celcius and contains the following:

4 swordtails - 3 F and 1 M
2 Bristlenose Catfish - 2F
3 Corydoras (how to tell sex?)
6 Neon Tetras (how to tell sex?)
4 Guppies - 1M and 3 F
2 Mollys - M Sailfin and F Molly
And 1 baby guppy that has survived for 4 weeks! :)

Feed flakes twice a day, worms once a week and 3 slices of cucumber once or twice a week.

PH is 7.4
Ammonia is 0.0

Would appreciate your your thoughts. praise and criticism as I do have some experience but I don't always feel like I know what I am doing.

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post #2 of 10 Old 11-24-2012, 07:59 AM
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First of all, your fish, plants, and tank all look good and healthy. That being said, you are overstocked. If your situation allows it, a larger tank for the swordtails and mollies would be a good idea. If not, and you don't want to rehome any of your fish, keep up good maintenance with weekly water changes of 50 % and be careful not to over feed. I am a recovering overstocker...Hello, my name is Frank and I'm an overstocker.

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post #3 of 10 Old 11-24-2012, 08:41 AM
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Hello everyone glad to be her I like talking to people about their fish and other Aqua critters
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post #5 of 10 Old 11-24-2012, 08:59 AM
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thank you buy the way I really love your aquarium it's beau ti ful
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post #6 of 10 Old 11-24-2012, 09:32 AM


Welcome Sunny & Judy!

Sunny, I agree with Fishmonger that you are a little overstocked. What are the dimensions of your tank?

I love your plants! The tank is looking great! I couldn't tell from the pics, but is that a piece of driftwood I see? Bristlenose love (need?) driftwood.

You've been at this a lot longer than I have, so there's probably nothing new I can tell you.

Have you got a pic of the entire tank so we can get the full effect?

Welcome back to the hobby!


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post #7 of 10 Old 11-24-2012, 02:40 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you so much for the warm welcome and also for your thoughts and opinions.

I was definitely of the opinion that I was a little overstocked. As this was a purchase I made with my daughter, it would be hard to rehome any fish without breaking her heart and then of course, a friend bought us more fish! (the corydoras)

If I somehow gain permission from the daughter (yes I'm wrapped around her little finger) I will probably rehome the swordtails due to their size and aggression toward the guppies every now and again.

Luckily for these fish, cleaning and feeding is a labour of love and not a chore. 50% water changes are done once a week and I'm careful not to over feed them.

Canadian Fish, I have a pic just for you :) There was no driftwood in the pics I provided, I got the driftwood a week after I purchased the Bristlenoses.



The tank is 60cmX40cmX30cm and it is not a big enough tank for all of these lovely fish. I'm doing what I can do with it all.

Thanks again to those who have already provided their thoughts. This is a lovely forum to browse around in.
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post #8 of 10 Old 11-24-2012, 02:58 PM
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Very nice tank !

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post #9 of 10 Old 11-25-2012, 06:19 PM
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Welcome to Tropical Fish Keeping forum.

Removing the swordtails will resolve your main issue. I am assuming this is a 24-inch length tank close to 20 US gallons.

And so you know, we have fish profiles, second tab from the left in the blue bar across the top. Info on minimum tank size, minimum number for a species, etc. can be found in the profiles for each species.

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Welcome to Tropical Fish Keeping forum.

Removing the swordtails will resolve your main issue. I am assuming this is a 24-inch length tank close to 20 US gallons.

And so you know, we have fish profiles, second tab from the left in the blue bar across the top. Info on minimum tank size, minimum number for a species, etc. can be found in the profiles for each species.

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Thank you for the welcome, I have seen your name around a lot while browsing and appreciate your insights.

Yes it's a 24 inch 20 gallon tank.

I was reading the profiles and apparently cross breeding occurs between the guppies and swordtails and that it is not a good thing. Everything seems fine at the bottom but the top of the tank is a bit heavy with traffic so another good reason for the removal of the swordtails. Neons hanging around the middle so no dramas for them.
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