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Nikikim 02-17-2013 10:10 PM

officially a fish keeper! they are home!
So I got my fishies home!! I posted a few weeks ago about inheriting a very neglected tank from my late gramma. I hired a wonderful man to move and clean the tank for me. My 75 gallon tank is actually a 90 gallon tank. Most of the small babies didn't survive the move. They were too small but all the others did!! My only issue right now is how to hide the stinking tubing!! It looks so tacky having all the air tubes running up the back of the tank. I'm wondering if there is a trick I should know about??? And also it seems my air pump has lost its momentum and isn't really performing very well. I will look into replacing that. I still need to get a new background and I don't have it decorated quite the way I would like it to be, but its functional for now. My breeders are all busy claiming their territories and Mr. Jack Dempsey is doing a good job keeping the babies to a minimum. Im wondering about feeding them. How much is too much/not enough? The bottle says one flake per fish 2-3 times a day. Would it be reasonable to feed them a pinch in the morning and a pinch in the evening? The were completely over fed prior to the move. I don't want to shock them but I also don't want to cause them unnecessary harm either. And I certainly don't want to be dealing with the excess waste! Any tips or advice would be greatly appreciated

Nikikim 02-17-2013 10:17 PM

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MoneyMitch 02-17-2013 10:26 PM

cool looking tank gratz on the move! for the feeding with my cichlids i jsut throw in about what they can eat in a few minutes. as far as backrounds i have black poster board" its actually paper but was half the price of a "aquarium backround" and looks just as good.

with the air pump problems to save yourself 20$ check the intake to amke sure its clean, some pumps have little filters or it could possibly be the adjustment knob as soom of them have this and it may have been turned down during the move.

Nikikim 02-17-2013 10:40 PM

wow that poster board idea is brilliant. I have fiddled with the knobs a lot and it doesnt seem to make any difference. I don't know if this one has a filter, but I will check it out again tomorrow before buying a new one. Any ideas on how to conceal the tubing? It looks so tacky. Do you think 90gal is big enough to keep all the fish? Theres about 20 convicts, all various sizes

jpbotha 02-17-2013 11:06 PM

For the air tubing and power cables I used normal pvc plumbing pipe 40mm. All my power cables and tubing are running in the pipeand for my retrun pump hose I used a 50mm with a few elbows which runs into my tank. If you are using a sump with return pump make sure you drill holes in the hose and your pvc tubingat the right water level to avoid the syphon overflow problem.
I painted the pipes the same colour as the back wall cause I dont use any background . Obviously the part of the pipe going into the tank is not painted
Makes a big difference.

Tazman 02-18-2013 09:05 AM

You dont even need the air tube provided the filters are disturbing the water surface even a little, that is all you need to have for gas exchange.

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