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post #11 of 35 Old 05-30-2013, 08:26 AM
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If you are thinking Cichlids are you thinking African with lots of rock... or South American that can be in a planted tank? (I may be wrong but I do believe these need 2 different water parameters and should not be mixed) The African prefers the high ph in the 8's.

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post #12 of 35 Old 05-30-2013, 02:36 PM Thread Starter
hmmmmmmmmmmmm
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post #13 of 35 Old 05-30-2013, 05:17 PM
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Once you have sorted all that out.... I make a trip to the LFS and wander either ... the Cichlid aisle.... or the Community Fish aisle, ie... platies... or mollies... etc. The whole darn store.... sigh.... Green stickers, yellow stickers, red stickers....gotta mind that sort of thing too. I make a list of what I like, price etc. Then I go home and research again! I don't take the LFS staff's opinion unless you have someone you have worked with for a long time and trust their judgement. (I actually have a guy like that, he actually talks me out of stuff, and so... I go back and spend more money at that store, funny how that is.) I respect them at this particular store.
And finally... when I've made a decision... I WANT "XXX"... I go to the store... Shoot!! they don't have any left... or they've just come in and they won't sell them yet. I don't live close. Or they only have 2 and I need a group 6 to 8. That sort of thing. I would phone ahead but what fun would that be?

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post #14 of 35 Old 05-30-2013, 05:32 PM Thread Starter
ugh i know but i look and i want every fish lol. i dont trust a damn think my pet stores say. shoot i asked one lady the other day if they ever get in white cloud minnows or german blue rams an shes like " i dont even know what those fish are so no we dont"

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post #15 of 35 Old 05-30-2013, 07:05 PM
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You can always consider purchasing ur fish online...usually online shops provide brief write ups of each fish (and this site is just a click away)... Most online stores come with a guaranteed shipping/arrival and offer a larger variety of selection than LFS. While it will take some days to receive ur fish order, if u haven't done so - you'll need quite a few additional days (preferably weeks)to get your tank cycled, up and running. Fish selection should never be a hurried choice, which generally happens when dependent on LFS and the excitement to start.... Please take ur time, start cycling ur tank, and smartly add fish.... Ultimately, your fish will be a great deal healthier and you'll be a great deal happier.... Congrats on starting by the way....
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post #16 of 35 Old 05-31-2013, 11:40 AM Thread Starter
i have media ready for the new tank just chillin in my filter as we speak :) i picked up some nice rocks yesterday on my lunch break. now its down to substrate and then plants n fish
! ive wanted to try dirt for a while now. i have a sand planted tank that is working out rather well. its not growing so crazy i have to trim them all the time. hmmmm its a hard choice! haha which i know it shouldnt really be
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... ive wanted to try dirt for a while now. i have a sand planted tank that is working out rather well. its not growing so crazy i have to trim them all the time. hmmmm its a hard choice! haha which i know it shouldnt really be
OK, I won't try to downplay the dirt, it has it's advantages and disadvantages, BUT I think that there needs to be a "why?" behind the decision. "Just to try it" works, but is a weak argument for going away from something that is working for you already.

I'd vote for the sand.

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Total years fish keeping experience: 7 months, can't start counting in years for a while yet.

The shotgun approach to a planted tank with an LED fixture

Small scale nitrogen cycle with a jar, water and fish food; no substrate, filter etc
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post #18 of 35 Old 05-31-2013, 11:56 AM Thread Starter
yeah i know man only reason i got lol is cuz i havent done it but i think youre on the right track here with the if it works use it idea. im starting to like this idea of using black sand blasting sand. black diamond is a company local to my city and its very cheap but im a lil concerned of what else would be in this sand besides coal slag
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post #19 of 35 Old 05-31-2013, 12:09 PM
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I don't recall that you decided on fish yet, you might want to do that and let it help with your substrate decision... to me the idea of blasting sand sounds like it is abrasive (that's what it is for after all) and if you are going to have any bottom dwellers you might do better with a softer sand.

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post #20 of 35 Old 05-31-2013, 12:47 PM Thread Starter
im not going to have any bottom guys/gals
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