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post #21 of 25 Old 06-15-2011, 11:32 PM Thread Starter
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I may be mis-understanidng, but in case not, I must coment. One should never acquire fish unless you absolutely want them, and then make sure they are in the proper numbers so they will be provided with what nature meant them to have. Characins, including all the tetra, need a group, and while six is bandied about as the minimum, even more is better. If you don't want 6-7 glowlight tetra, please do not buy 4. The fish will be "happier" and thus healthier and more likely to live a normal life if they are in a larger group. The fish deserve no less.
that's not what i meant, sorry if i wasn't clear i wanted at least 6 glowlights, but i wasn't sure if i was getting corys or a bristlenose, and depending on what bottom-feeder/s i was going to get and how many, i wanted to make sure i wasn't going to be overstocking. so i thought i'd start with a smaller number until i'd decided exactly what i wanted to get.

anyway, on another note....i bought my glowlights today :) i asked for 6 but the guy accidentally caught 7 at once so he gave me the 7th one free, which i am very happy about. they are really robust and healthy and have settled in quite well already. they are also sort of shoaling with the cherry barbs, which look so much like them i have trouble telling them apart at a glance.
I've decided to get corys instead of a pleco if i can find healthy looking ones (the shop i went to today didnt have many corys and they weren't particularly robust.) I'm not going to add any more small shoaling mid-water fish, as that part of the tank looks quite crowded now with 11 of them. the tetras and barbs seem to be getting on well so i don't think that will be a problem.
i'm going to wait for a month or so before i get any corys. if all is going well i think i'll get four.
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that's not what i meant, sorry if i wasn't clear i wanted at least 6 glowlights, but i wasn't sure if i was getting corys or a bristlenose, and depending on what bottom-feeder/s i was going to get and how many, i wanted to make sure i wasn't going to be overstocking. so i thought i'd start with a smaller number until i'd decided exactly what i wanted to get.

anyway, on another note....i bought my glowlights today :) i asked for 6 but the guy accidentally caught 7 at once so he gave me the 7th one free, which i am very happy about. they are really robust and healthy and have settled in quite well already. they are also sort of shoaling with the cherry barbs, which look so much like them i have trouble telling them apart at a glance.
I've decided to get corys instead of a pleco if i can find healthy looking ones (the shop i went to today didnt have many corys and they weren't particularly robust.) I'm not going to add any more small shoaling mid-water fish, as that part of the tank looks quite crowded now with 11 of them. the tetras and barbs seem to be getting on well so i don't think that will be a problem.
i'm going to wait for a month or so before i get any corys. if all is going well i think i'll get four.
That sounds good. And thanks for clarifying too.

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Vancouver, BC, Canada

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Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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I need to get a gravel vacuum before i get corys, i don't want them getting barbel infections. when i change the water i stir up the gravel a bit and siphon off as much detritus as i can, but it's hard to do without a real gravel vacuum.
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I need to get a gravel vacuum before i get corys, i don't want them getting barbel infections. when i change the water i stir up the gravel a bit and siphon off as much detritus as i can, but it's hard to do without a real gravel vacuum.
If you have a lot of plants, you can leave the substrate alone. I used to vacuum the front patch where the corys and loaches feed, but I don't even do that anymore. With lots of plants the organics get broken down quite rapidly, and this is a major source of plant nutrition occurring naturally.

Byron Hosking, BMus, MA
Vancouver, BC, Canada

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Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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thanks, that's really good to know lol :)
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