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jdm free 02-14-2009 08:13 PM

new here, have some questions
 
new to the forum and the fish thing in general. i bought a 26 gal with a biowheel 200 and other stuff off craigslist for dirt cheap. the tank is now filled wit new gravel, some fake plants and some small caves. all levels are good but im boostin ph/kh to get it harder since i want a rts.

the only problem im having is with my air pump and stone(7" wall bubble). im not gettin any bubbles when its attached to my pump but i can blow bubbles threw it. im gonna buy another smaller stone tomorrow and hopefully that works out. and will put some starter fish in on mon/tues.

my stock/wish list is:
1 red tailed shark(definitely gettin)
6-8 cherry barbs(almost definite)
3/4 corys(up in the air, not sure the compatibility) i need some type of algee eater and i thnk these will work


any input on anything is greatly appreciated. i really want to get this air pump this sorted out first. im guessing the pump isnt powerful enough. i know it works because it works with an air-action ornament that the tank came wit. but i dont wanna use it.

onefish2fish 02-14-2009 08:16 PM

hey welcome to the forum.
your prob. going to want to start by reading this: http://www.fishforum.com/member-subm...-methods-3067/

to me it sounds like the air pump isnt strong enough.

dramaqueen 02-14-2009 08:17 PM

Hello and welcome to FishForum.

jdm free 02-14-2009 08:23 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by onefish2fish (Post 171594)
hey welcome to the forum.
your prob. going to want to start by reading this: http://www.fishforum.com/member-subm...-methods-3067/

to me it sounds like the air pump isnt strong enough.

yea, ive come to that conclusion. i figured it wasnt, i shortened the line and it helped a little. just gonna pick up a small stone tomorrow.

i think im fine wit cycling since it was a used biowheel. but i replaced the filter so there should be some bacteria already in the water im hoping. just gonna throw some hardy starter fish in to start. ive had an aquarium when i was younger and just threw dainos in a tank after a few days of letitng it run wit conditioner in the water.

aunt kymmie 02-14-2009 08:29 PM

Hello and Welcome To The Forum!
How nice to find a tank dirt cheap...ya gotta love Craigslist.
Just a heads up: corys (great fish) have very delicate & sensitive barbels. Not sure how large/sharp your gravel is? As far as "starter" fish...are these fish you'll be happy keeping once your tank is cycled? If not, you may want to consider fishless cycling. Glad you joined us :-)

jdm free 02-14-2009 08:32 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by aunt kymmie (Post 171602)
Hello and Welcome To The Forum!
How nice to find a tank dirt cheap...ya gotta love Craigslist.
Just a heads up: corys (great fish) have very delicate & sensitive barbels. Not sure how large/sharp your gravel is? As far as "starter" fish...are these fish you'll be happy keeping once your tank is cycled? If not, you may want to consider fishless cycling. Glad you joined us :-)


well the cherry barbs i wanna keep. they are pretty hardy from what ive been told at the fish store and online. and they like temps at what a rts would need.

the reason i wasnt definite of corys is because i have a regular gravel, not big but i doubt its a soft enough substrate. but plecos get really large and i dont know if ill want that. any algee eating type fish that arent ugly to look at that i could get?

jdm free 02-14-2009 08:35 PM

id also like to add, this place is much better than the other fish forum im on, more replies quicker..

and it was supposebly a 30 gal but i think its a 26 since a tag on the inside of the stand says 26 bf stand. but hey it was 40 bucks and needed a cleaning. i all i bought were the plants, gravel and heater

heres a really bad cell phone pic of it
http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y20...0214091137.jpg

onefish2fish 02-14-2009 08:41 PM

looks great! love the black substrate. adding a background will help hide wires and such and make things inside the tank pop out more. i suggest a black one, but its your tank to choose ;)

you can calculate your tanks volume with this tool here:
http://www.fishforum.com/how-use-fis...culater-21255/

the second link works best as you can enter "bowfront"
hope that helps

jdm free 02-14-2009 08:44 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by onefish2fish (Post 171614)
looks great! love the black substrate. adding a background will help hide wires and such and make things inside the tank pop out more. i suggest a black one, but its your tank to choose ;)

you can calculate your tanks volume with this tool here:
http://www.fishforum.com/how-use-fis...culater-21255/

the second link works best as you can enter "bowfront"
hope that helps


thanks, meant to pickup a background today when i was at the LFS but forgot. i actaully wanna get either black or blue like in the lfs. i think the blue backgrounds look really cool. so ill probably get the double sided one with black and blue and see what i like

thanks for the link

jdm free 02-14-2009 08:46 PM

it ends up being 29.6 if put the right calculations in. sweet. but i still wonder about the tag on the stand.


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