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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.
Originally Posted by onefish2fish View Post
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
Originally Posted by FordMan View Post
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
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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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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