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cliopisces 10-11-2012 03:50 AM

Stocking a New Aqua One UFO 550
 
I just set up a new Aqua One UFO 550 corner (75-100L depending on source) aquarium. At the moment I have about a dozen plants of various heights and leafy density as well as rocks (lots of good hiding places) for my

9 Cardinal Tetra
4 juvenile (2-3cm) clown loaches
3 Black Mollies (2 females, one male)

I realise the clown loaches will grow and maybe have to depart at some stage, but they are happily clowning about at the moments and keeping the bottom of my tank food free (ravenous and clickly little guys)

I have been trying to use various fish stock calculators to see how many (if any) other fish I can add, but because its a corner tank none of them really seem to like calculating the litre capacity / surface area correctly. So, could some experienced keepers give me any advice?

I'd really like to get a little plec (bristlenose perhaps) and male betta or couple of angel fish to finish off the tank but don't want to cause stress.

The filter system is in the hood and really powerful.

This morning's readings
Ammonia Test (NH3/NH4) = 0
PH = 7 (test between 6.8 and 7.2)
KH = 75 (between 50 and 10)
GH =? (Color somewhere between 125 and 250
No3 = .25 mg/l
No2 = .5 mg/l

The NOs are a bit higher than normal (was barely coloured the first week) because we've been treating the tank for internal parasites (which apparently came with the fishes from the shop) so had to take out the carbon from the filter until the course is run.

Any advice is well appreciated
Clio

1077 10-11-2012 06:26 AM

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Originally Posted by cliopisces (Post 1271630)
I just set up a new Aqua One UFO 550 corner (75-100L depending on source) aquarium. At the moment I have about a dozen plants of various heights and leafy density as well as rocks (lots of good hiding places) for my

9 Cardinal Tetra
4 juvenile (2-3cm) clown loaches
3 Black Mollies (2 females, one male)

I realise the clown loaches will grow and maybe have to depart at some stage, but they are happily clowning about at the moments and keeping the bottom of my tank food free (ravenous and clickly little guys)

I have been trying to use various fish stock calculators to see how many (if any) other fish I can add, but because its a corner tank none of them really seem to like calculating the litre capacity / surface area correctly. So, could some experienced keepers give me any advice?

I'd really like to get a little plec (bristlenose perhaps) and male betta or couple of angel fish to finish off the tank but don't want to cause stress.

The filter system is in the hood and really powerful.

This morning's readings
Ammonia Test (NH3/NH4) = 0
PH = 7 (test between 6.8 and 7.2)
KH = 75 (between 50 and 10)
GH =? (Color somewhere between 125 and 250
No3 = .25 mg/l
No2 = .5 mg/l

The NOs are a bit higher than normal (was barely coloured the first week) because we've been treating the tank for internal parasites (which apparently came with the fishes from the shop) so had to take out the carbon from the filter until the course is run.

Any advice is well appreciated
Clio

Nitrates are good ,means bacteria is present to consume ammonia ,and nitrites.
Nitrite reading other than zero =toxic for fish, and perhap's daily water changes will be needed to keep from killing the fish.(test it each day,every other day,)
Would feed fish only once a day ,small amount .
You have approx 26 gallons which is too small for the loachesand Angelfish in the long term, and it Would benefit the fish,, if you were to provide larger tank sooner than later.
The molly's and cardinal's do not belong in same tank for the molly's do best in hard allakine water,while the cardinal's appreciate the rather softer water your number's indicate.
The molly's seldom do well for long without the mineral's found in hard alkaline water, and the cardinal's loathe these same mineral's that produce hard water.
Would not add any more fish to this tank and might as mentioned,,train my effort's on providing suitable size tank for longterm health of the fishes.

cliopisces 10-11-2012 07:16 AM

Many thanks! I forgot to mention that my molly fish were bred in softer non-salted water so they acclimatised to it (or so I was told). I can't afford a bigger tank at the moment (Fitting this one out was half a months wages) but seems like there is a lot of room in there at the moment, especially as they three I have all stay at their own levels and we change the water whenever the waste levels spike.

1077 10-11-2012 07:40 AM

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Originally Posted by cliopisces (Post 1271665)
Many thanks! I forgot to mention that my molly fish were bred in softer non-salted water so they acclimatised to it (or so I was told). I can't afford a bigger tank at the moment (Fitting this one out was half a months wages) but seems like there is a lot of room in there at the moment, especially as they three I have all stay at their own levels and we change the water whenever the waste levels spike.


Small tetra's ,perhap's Khulii loaches,cory's would be best suited for your size tank.
May not be popular opinion ,but is truth.

AbbeysDad 10-11-2012 08:01 AM

Watch the water params as although perhaps not as destructive as anti-bacterial's, medicines that kill parasites can potentially harm beneficial bacteria colonies as well. This is why we quarantine new fish and/or setup hospital tanks. However, once a tank is infected with something, it often must be treated....even if the cycle will have to be restarted. You might use carbon along with water changes after the treatment is concluded.


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