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Old 01-28-2007, 07:34 PM   #11
 
Welcome to the forum. You'll find this group a treasure trove for any questions you may in the hobby.
You say you would like to upgrade to a 55g tank. Why not set your sights a little higher and set up a 75? You will find that extra depth front to back will more than pay for the difference in the added versitility of the tank. Not to mention the added asthetic value of being able to provide a deeper perception in the tank. More plants, more fish, ect.
The bad thing about designer tanks, octogons, tetragons, ect., is that one looses bottom area in respect to the relative height of the tank. The added area of conventional aquaria (ie., rectagonal tanks) is better for "housing" de-nitrifiing bacteria, otherwise known as "good bugs". I do agree that many designer tanks have a positive asthetic value, it comes at the expense, many times, of the critters we keep. If I were you, I might reconsider my choices.
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Old 01-28-2007, 07:54 PM   #12
 
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Old 01-28-2007, 07:54 PM   #13
 
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I think you should go with some Shrimp.
(But thats just me)
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Old 01-29-2007, 12:44 AM   #14
 
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I think you should go with some Shrimp.
(But thats just me)
We already said that....
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Old 01-29-2007, 02:56 AM   #15
 
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Hello Rue, welcome to the forum
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Old 01-29-2007, 08:01 AM   #16
 
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I think you should go with some Shrimp.
(But thats just me)
We already said that....
Just Saying What I Would do.
Since I Wasn't Here Earlier.
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Old 01-29-2007, 05:23 PM   #17
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...actually...I was checking out the ghost shrimp in the pet store today...

...lol...if I get some, I'm going to have to be VERY careful when I vaccum and maybe get some magnifying glasses to see them with!

...I also looked at some "marbled" shrimp...but they were $15 each , but at least they were easier to see...I'll have to check what their expected lifespan is...

I'd love a 75 gallon tank! Two problems though; one is space...I don't know where I'd put it...the other is water...we haul city water for the fish (we have an acerage) and I think it would become too labour intensive to haul for a 75 gallon tank...

...our well water is potable...I use it for cooking...anything I boil is fine...but it's awful stuff to drink straight out of the tap...it's only has a bit of iron, but is very high in tannins, and we have the odd issue with manganese...

Mind you, I could test it and see how it shapes up to the city water...but even if it were okay, I don't like the yellow tinge the tannins give it...

So there's my dilemma...
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Old 01-29-2007, 05:44 PM   #18
 
hmm i would still recommend ghost shrimp, when your buying them just ask the staff to get you the biggest ones there.
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Old 01-30-2007, 01:38 AM   #19
 
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Just Saying What I Would do.
Since I Wasn't Here Earlier.
That is not necessary. There is no need to repeat what others have previously mentioned.

Welcome to the forum, Rue.
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Old 01-30-2007, 07:21 AM   #20
 
welcome to the forum, i hope you find it informative.
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