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post #21 of 29 Old 01-31-2012, 04:03 PM
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hay
i've not used that,is it the same as *cycle* or is it a dechlorinator ?

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 #22 of 29 Old 02-07-2012, 05:31 AM Thread Starter
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i think it is like healthy bacteria or something, sold for people who are breaking in a new tank. gave my fish theyre first water change today, destroyed most of my plants in the process, and got soaked myself.
so now i have 2 opaline gouramis, 3 gold gouramis, 2 dwarf aqua gouramis, a yoyo loach and a red tail shark. they all seem quite happy to be honest, was a bit concerned ken ( my loach) would be a bit aggressive but i think at the moment he's just pleased to have company. they are all very hungry i must say, i must learn to control myself when it comes to feeding, its so tempting to overfeed them.
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post #23 of 29 Old 02-07-2012, 08:33 AM
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what happened ?
and *ken* may try and bond with the other fish,interesting article in pfk magazine on it.

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 #24 of 29 Old 04-07-2012, 08:32 AM Thread Starter
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hello everyone, well, im a few months in now, my tank and my fish are all well, i now have ken the loach, 2 gold gouramis, 2 opaline, 1 red tail shark and ten tetras, oh and two male guppies. i have had one tetra die, and one tetra born. not sure how that happened. but they all seem fine. i had a case of white spot, water from a shop..doh!. but cured in a week.
does anyone know of any plants that fish wont eat?
and algae!! what gives? every couple of weeks its forming. is this normal?
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post #25 of 29 Old 04-07-2012, 08:50 AM
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hello everyone, well, im a few months in now, my tank and my fish are all well, i now have ken the loach, 2 gold gouramis, 2 opaline, 1 red tail shark and ten tetras, oh and two male guppies. i have had one tetra die, and one tetra born. not sure how that happened. but they all seem fine. i had a case of white spot, water from a shop..doh!. but cured in a week.
does anyone know of any plants that fish wont eat?
and algae!! what gives? every couple of weeks its forming. is this normal?

I would say, like Willow, you need to re-home the loach. They are such great fish, I would love him, if we lived closer! In a group they are very active and playful. If you don't get rid of him, to keep him from munching on plants (very rarely I do think my loaches nibble on my swords) you can cut a slice of cucumber, and anchor with a butter knife of something so it stays on the bottom. They also sell clips with a suction to put food such as this in a tank. Mine love cucumber.

Also, two Opaline I believe are way to big of fish for a 20 gal. They get to be about 4-6 inches. Plus they can be aggressive toward each other, so watch for problems there.

What is the ph of your water? Tetras won't live long in hard water. Check out fish profiles here to learn more about the fish you have.

If you think you are going to stick with the hobby, and can do water changes without getting soaked you may want to think about getting a bigger tank. Just what you wanted to hear, right!

As far as plants, swords are not hard to keep, water sprite can be floated or planted, and any crypt variety are easy and nice looking. See what local fish stores have in your area, and go from there.

Gwen

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post #26 of 29 Old 04-07-2012, 09:21 PM
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post #27 of 29 Old 04-10-2012, 04:40 PM Thread Starter
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my tank is nearer 30 gallons, 130 litres. one of my gouramis was aggressive, so he went back to the pet shop, all very happy now. everyone gets along, so if it aint broke.
thanks for the plant advice.
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post #28 of 29 Old 07-31-2012, 02:38 PM Thread Starter
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well, its been 6 months now, and my tank is just perfect, my tetras are gone, i have platys, 2 guppies, 8 tiger barbs, 2 green barbs, 3 yoyo loaches, a couple of leopard corys, 5 various gouramis, they all get along great, plenty of hiding places, tall plants, bogwood. tank is healthy, water is spot on. i will post a picture when i remember too. what has surprised me is how easy it all is to keep on top of. everyone who has seen the tank has been very impressed.
thanks for all your help and advice along the way, this site has been a great help. love to you all.
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post #29 of 29 Old 08-01-2012, 12:24 PM
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Aw, but Yoyo Loaches are cute!
Anyway, welcome to the hobby!

You will always be my best friend, .
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