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Old 11-09-2011, 11:07 PM   #11
 
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I like your large wall mounted tank.
Is it difficult to clean, change water etc?
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Old 11-10-2011, 03:42 PM   #12
 
There is plenty of space behind it to work. I can stand on the counter to do things if necessary but so far I have just used the opening in the front to feed and things.
I am going to need a few more things like a siphon hose to drain it when I need to and I am not looking forward to cleaning the gravel.
This is only possible without a contractor because our house is concrete and that wall is solid. The counter behind it is also cement so everything is very strong. The shelf unit we made to hold th rear of the tank is made with a double thickness of marine plywood which is the strongest you can get here. One sheet is fixed and the other sheet is just laying there in case I need to slide the tank out when cleaning things. Of course I would have to get as much out of it as possible before moving it at all.
I have a sponge with a long handle to do a little cleaning.
At my age, nothing is easy when it comes to climbing around an aquarium. (If I had gone bigger I could have done scuba to clean it like one guy does.)
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Old 11-10-2011, 05:47 PM   #13
 
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You should be okay once you get into a cleaning routine, however one thing I would do would be to get rid of the gravel you have at the moment and get a finer grade sand/gravel which would stop uneaten food from sinking below the substrate and rotting, this would keep the water cleaner and any uneaten food would sit on top and the fish would eat it.........the problem with this is that you have to do the very thing you are not looking forward to, decisions, decisions!
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Old 11-13-2011, 02:50 AM   #14
 
The other challenge ( problem) with smaller gravel is the under gravel filter I am using. It may suck the sand in and clog it up.
It seems that I am in the perfect place for aquariums. We don't have air conditioning downstairs or heaters so our temperature is pretty much what it is outside. That is fine for most of the year however, in April through May or June it gets unbearable hot here. I am wondering if my water will get too hot and I will have to cool it. I was wondering today if I could use an ice cube or two when the time comes. They will be made from the same water we use in the aquarium so that part shouldn't make a difference. (Something to think about.)
I don't even have a thermometer now and things seem to be going fine. Of course I have tropical fish in the tropics.
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Old 11-13-2011, 03:17 PM   #15
 
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The other challenge ( problem) with smaller gravel is the under gravel filter I am using. It may suck the sand in and clog it up.
It seems that I am in the perfect place for aquariums. We don't have air conditioning downstairs or heaters so our temperature is pretty much what it is outside. That is fine for most of the year however, in April through May or June it gets unbearable hot here. I am wondering if my water will get too hot and I will have to cool it. I was wondering today if I could use an ice cube or two when the time comes. They will be made from the same water we use in the aquarium so that part shouldn't make a difference. (Something to think about.)
I don't even have a thermometer now and things seem to be going fine. Of course I have tropical fish in the tropics.

It gets pretty hot here too, although not as oppressive as where you are, it's not fun being wetter after a shower than actually being in the shower.
I'm not too sure about putting ice cubes in the water, any sudden temperature change will affect the fish and you would have to put a lot in to make any difference which would only be very temporary anyway. Just a thought.......maybe if you put in something that will move the water around so as to avoid "hot spots", an air stone should do the trick, much the same as a fan in a room circulates the air and cools it down.
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Old 11-13-2011, 04:48 PM   #16
 
My under gravel filter keeps the water moving and the top agitated. I probably won't need to do that as the temp seems to stay rather constant in the house. I may not have the problem later.
Now for today's challenge. I have three male and two female guppies in the 20 gallon tank. I know the ratio is rather wrong but we brought 8 males when we started. 5 of them are in the other tank.
I have a 5 gallon with 3 small goldfish and 5 male guppies now.
The 20 gallon has 3 male guppies and 2 female guppies. There are also 2 female guppies.
I assume the female guppies are pregnant as the situation has been this way for the past week. The males won't leave the females alone. They are always chasing them around the tank.
I cannot see any black spot on the females and they seem to stay rather thin with all the exercise (running away).
Would it help if I moved 2 of the male guppies to the other tank? They were there before.
(This situation reminds me of my younger years.)
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Old 11-13-2011, 05:19 PM   #17
 
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Yep, that's what I'd do, take 2 males out and give the females a chance to catch their breath (so to speak). Obviously leave the fruitiest male in with the gals and see what happens.
If that's the only challenge you have for the day then you are doing well. Very hot here today, think I may go to the beach for a while and get cooked.
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Old 11-14-2011, 04:54 AM   #18
 
Another challenge came up. I fed the fish this morning and removed the two guppies.
A few hours later I found a dead neon in one of the plants. There were supposed to be 2 neons left but I could only find one. I looked all over the tank and had my wife look also. It was nowhere to be found. This afternoon, it showed back up in the tank.
My wife said maybe it went to the funeral. I told here is would have been in the bathroom.
Now there are 2.
I will need to get a resupply soon if this keeps up.
I think the dead one may have been hit by the net or something as it seemed to have died when I removed the other two.
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