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post #11 of 30 Old 02-14-2009, 09:54 PM
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if the tank was still empty you could have taped the edges off and spray painted the back blue or black. the blue/black store bought backgrounds can be expensive but atleast they are laminated. you could always consider making your own from many different things, wrapping papper, poster, poster board spray painted, cardboard spray painted, a bed sheet, or even something like this http://www.fishforum.com/diy-aquariu...kground-19898/ its all about creativity unless you dont mind spending the money or want the pre-made background.
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post #12 of 30 Old 02-14-2009, 09:58 PM Thread Starter
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yea ive thought of getting contact paper, im definitely going to try and figure something out. i wanted to paint the tank and stand black to match all my furniture in my room but it matches the hardwood floor kinda.

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post #13 of 30 Old 02-14-2009, 10:22 PM
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yeah danio's a good cycle fish danio's die one way only they rocket themselves out of the tank like a fliter opening heat seeking missle...i call them zebra cat treats haha
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yeah danio's a good cycle fish danio's die one way only they rocket themselves out of the tank like a fliter opening heat seeking missle...i call them zebra cat treats haha
would cherry barbs be a good cycle fish? or even guppies?


i had dainos when i was like 10 and the only reason they died was because one time cleaning i forgot to rinse the carbon for the filter. next day, bye bye fish
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post #15 of 30 Old 02-14-2009, 10:28 PM
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cycling with fish works fine but IMO takes longer then fishless cycling because you have to do water changes to keep the fish alive which disrupts the cycle.
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cycling with fish works fine but IMO takes longer then fishless cycling because you have to do water changes to keep the fish alive which disrupts the cycle.
when i took my water to get tested at the lfs, he said that all the levels were fine and i could start putting fish in, the only level i was concerned with was the hardness. so do i still need to cycle? like i said it was a used bio-wheel so there should already be some bacteria in the water
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post #17 of 30 Old 02-14-2009, 10:55 PM
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4 danios in that tank would never cause a spike just feed them very little at first slowly increase food and fish products like "cycle" along with real plants just avoid tiger bards because they're nitrite sensitive. Guppies are a good choice too hardy clean slim bodied bodied you can also add a teaspoon of pure amonia ..that is if you decide not to cycle with fish because obviously the amonia would kill them
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4 danios in that tank would never cause a spike just feed them very little at first slowly increase food and fish products like "cycle" along with real plants just avoid tiger bards because they're nitrite sensitive. Guppies are a good choice too hardy clean slim bodied bodied you can also add a teaspoon of pure amonia ..that is if you decide not to cycle with fish because obviously the amonia would kill them

guppies seem like a good idea to start with, since id rather have them than dainos. but dont they need to be fed a lot more than other fish and would require even more frequent water changes. i plan to do 30% changes every 2 weeks or so
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If you're going to be cycling with fish be prepared to be doing more water changes than every two weeks at 30% if you want your fish to survive. Everytime you test your water (which should be often when cycling with fish) and you get a reading for ammonia or nitrite you'll have to perform a water change pronto in order for your fish to survive and not suffer. Just a heads up.

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post #20 of 30 Old 02-14-2009, 11:16 PM
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yeah deff weekly changes you can tell when you need to do an emergency change i e red gills head standing breathing heavy near the top honestly i never test my tank i just watch the fish but this is after years of fish keeping i used to test like crazy when i was a newbie...when in doubt do a 30 percent change i really like neutral regulator by seachem it cuts down the amonia too but too much will starve nitrofying bacteria and slow the cycle
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