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post #1 of 6 Old 04-04-2011, 01:24 PM Thread Starter
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Hello There!

My name is Mike and as you might expect I AM Abbey's dad :)
I was quite into the tropical fish hobby back in the 70's. I had a 29g, 20g and 6 - 10g Aquariums!, breeding and raising live bearers.
Things change and for the last couple of years my daughter had some goldfish. We were likely guilty of not being vigil enough with tank maintenance. After the last one passed on, somehow tropical fish was suggested, so I tore the tank down and set it back up with heater and power filter in addition to the UGF filter and we got a few tropical fish. Well, after two weeks, the platy's gave birth and so we now have approx 20 fry in a net breeder. I have my old 29g in the basement with a UGF and thought I could fashion a stand, so need heater, filter and hood/lights and I'd be good.
Well, instead, a subsequent trip to Petsmart yielded a 60g ensemble (tank, stand, hoods) coming home with me!
And so it goes.

My plan is to move the adult fish from the 10g into the new tank (when ready) and use the 10g to raise the fry until they're big enough to also move into the big tank. At that point, the 10g may be retired.

I think I may be making new friends to give away many of the Red Wag Platy fry.
My goal for the 60g is to get the decor right (thinking plastic plants now) and having a diverse community tank.

This seems like an excellent forum that I am very pleased to join!
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post #2 of 6 Old 04-04-2011, 01:52 PM
Welcome to the forums!

If you plan to keep breeding fish, I would suggest keeping the 10g as a fry tank since in a diverse tropical setup, fry are likely to be eaten.

As for decor, it is really what you are looking for if you are only using plastic plants. There isn't a "wrong" tank decor. However, if you go for live plants, then more work will be required in terms of water compatibility, lighting, ferts, etc. to get it "right."
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post #3 of 6 Old 04-04-2011, 03:22 PM
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hello and welcome.
hope you'll enjoy it here.

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 #4 of 6 Old 04-04-2011, 08:36 PM
Wow! Sounds like you'll be busy. I've had goldfish in the past and just started up last Octoberish with tropical fish. I have one 20 gallon.
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post #5 of 6 Old 04-08-2011, 12:07 AM
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Welcome to TFK! We are happy to have you with us. You sound like the busy Dad.

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post #6 of 6 Old 04-09-2011, 04:09 PM
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Welcome to Tropical Fish Keeping forum. Glad you joined.


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Vancouver, BC, Canada

The aquarist is one who must learn the ways of the biologist, the chemist, and the veterinarian. [unknown source]

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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