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post #1 of 9 Old 07-02-2010, 01:20 AM Thread Starter
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Hi there!

I have had a tank for 2 years now. Thanks to some bad advice from the lfs, it has been an experiment in "which fish can survive".

I have a 20gal hexagonal tank (looks pretty, but not as useful as a regular tank). Filtration is from a hagen/fluval 205 canister (110 gph) and a marineland//penguin biowheel 200 (200 gph), so the tank is vastly over filtered (about 1x every 4 minutes). One big ol bubble disk powered by whisper 40.

Plastic planted aquarium, with quite a bit of java moss wrapped around the plastic plants. Provides pretty good hidey holes for the aquatic wildlife. I used to have a stone gravel base, (1" to 2" pebbles) but the food would get into the crannies and the cories could not reach it. So, I switched to a Tahitian Black Moon sand. Everyone's soft parts seem to be fine on this substrate.

Current occupants:
5 blue tetras (bad idea, they are territorial in my small tank)
5 neon tetras
6 white cloud minnows
2 cory catfish
2 yellow apple snails (female)
1 blue apple snail (male)
1 brown mystery snail (probably male, growing much slower than the others)
25 +/- ghost shrimp

Since the tank is overstocked, I have to do a lot of water changes to keep the nitrate in check. But the fish seem happy, and the levels are pretty good. Usual water test results:
ph = 8.4+
total alkalinity (KH ppm) = 300+
total chlorine ppm = 0
Total Hardness (GH ppm) = 300+
Nitrite (NO-2 ppm) = 0
Nitrate (NO+3 ppm) = 20 to 40 (over 20 leads to a 10% water change)
can you guess that I use the quick dip tests

Water is really unsuitable for the tetras (I think they like hard water), but they have been healthy for 2 years, so I don't think it is too bad. My snails are really happy, and constantly mating, which makes me giggle. I have a video of this on youtube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HWNXCmp7Gjw

Anyway, now I'm trying to figure out better tricks & techniques, and if I know anything (unlikely) I'd be happy to chime in.
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post #2 of 9 Old 07-02-2010, 02:26 AM
overstocked tank and your fish are happy?? you must be a pro =)

5x2x2 aro,highfin bat,fei feng,ST,albino tinfoil,c.perch
4x1.5x1.5 planted tetras,harlequins,
otto,WMM,2 types of celebes rainbows,rcs,amano, bamboo,red ramhorns,MTS
3.5x2.5x2 flowerhorn,pleco
3x1.5x1.5 russel's lion,blue cleaner,sixline and leopard wrasse,maroon clown pair,green chromis,scorpion,tiger cowrie,turbo,lyretail anthias,jewel,anemone,star polyp,marbled and giant green mushi,zoa
2x1x1 nano sw shrimps
22 May 2012
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post #3 of 9 Old 07-03-2010, 03:01 AM Thread Starter
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overstocked tank and your fish are happy?? you must be a pro =)
I wish I were a pro!

I just do 10% water changes every other day. I think good water = happy fish.

Plus, the only fish (still) in my tank have proven themselves to be pretty tough little guys.

ps - if that is your beta, WOW! that fish is beautiful!
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post #4 of 9 Old 07-03-2010, 04:26 AM
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hello and welcome. :)

when you set up a new tank,hide an extra
sponge or two behind some decor,that way you have
something seeded for you next filter.
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post #5 of 9 Old 07-03-2010, 12:56 PM
it's a beta entry for the beta competition 2010

5x2x2 aro,highfin bat,fei feng,ST,albino tinfoil,c.perch
4x1.5x1.5 planted tetras,harlequins,
otto,WMM,2 types of celebes rainbows,rcs,amano, bamboo,red ramhorns,MTS
3.5x2.5x2 flowerhorn,pleco
3x1.5x1.5 russel's lion,blue cleaner,sixline and leopard wrasse,maroon clown pair,green chromis,scorpion,tiger cowrie,turbo,lyretail anthias,jewel,anemone,star polyp,marbled and giant green mushi,zoa
2x1x1 nano sw shrimps
22 May 2012
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post #6 of 9 Old 07-04-2010, 04:39 PM
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hello and welcome!!!

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post #7 of 9 Old 07-07-2010, 11:23 PM
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Welcome to the forum, kvasikonkav. We're happy you joined us!

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post #8 of 9 Old 07-08-2010, 11:31 PM
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Hello, and welcome to Tropical Fish Keeping.

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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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post #9 of 9 Old 07-11-2010, 04:50 AM
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