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bigbrad73 03-11-2009 12:21 AM

I finally got it!!!
 
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I finally got my 55. Now I am just contemplating fishless or fished cycle. My pet shop owner who has been in the business for over 40 years and specializes in fish said to go with fish in cycle (He is also very old school I am sure). It seems everyone here pretty much believes in the fishless. My little girl is wanting to go ahead and get some fish. Both my 10's I did the fish in and didnt know about the fishless. I really don't know much about the fishless cycle.
I am thinking about going with a German Gold Ram, maybe some Gouramis, leopard pleco, cloan loach, and maybe a columbia shark.Also maybe a few smaller schooling fish. I am new to this. How does that sound and if not good recomend something along those lines. I am going to add rocks and I want to add live plants.
Also I was wondering if a 100wat is enough for this 55?
Also here is what I am starting with. Just cut her on and she is running now.
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Thanks!!!!!!! I know this is long I am just very excited.

dramaqueen 03-11-2009 12:44 AM

Nice tank! :)

JohnnyD44 03-11-2009 06:33 AM

nice looking tank, what kind of filter is on that?

Twistersmom 03-11-2009 07:53 AM

Looks nice!
I would pass on the Columbia Shark, as they age they require brackish water.
Clown Loaches like to be in groups and a group would get too large for a 55. Yoyo Loaches would be a good alternative. They like being in groups as well, but dont get as large. They are great fish with a lot of personality.
I am not much of a plant keeper, but I think 100wats would be great for most plants.
Good luck with the new tank!

bigbrad73 03-11-2009 08:16 AM

sorry the 100 watt is the heater

Twistersmom 03-11-2009 08:30 AM

I am looking at my catalog.
Most heaters of 100w are for heating a 20-35 gal tank.
You could use two 100w heaters, or buy one 200w.

JohnnyD44 03-11-2009 08:58 AM

Does it make a diffence if you just put one 200W on one side of the tank? The water current will keep the otherside heated, right? Or does it make more sense to do one on each side at a lower wattage to keep the sides equal? i've always wondered that....

Fishin Pole 03-11-2009 01:44 PM

Big brad, i think you should go with at least a 200 watt heater for your 55.....The 200 wont have to work as hard to keep the temp steady........Johnny, from personal experience having a second heater cant hurt in case one fails, but then you are also having to electric outlets to deal with...Thats my biggest issue...I prefer the inline heaters made by Hydor......It beats looking at an unsightly heater clinging to the back wall of the tank.........Starting a 7th tank in a few weeks, but im still trying to figure out where im gonna plug everything in!!

mattyphilly 03-11-2009 01:57 PM

go for a fishless cycle. just add some food neer the filter so it can rot for a few days. Then u clean it up and check ure parameters. Ure nitrites will be peaking. once they go to 0.0 u can add fish.

I have a 300watt heater in my 47G. It only costs a few bucks more than a 200. Best to get a good brand. 100watts is not enuf, unless ure room temp is 75 all the time

Sj45 03-13-2009 09:00 PM

Your going to need atleast a 200w heater, but I'd recommend a 250w as they're usually only a couple dollars more and keeps the water temperature more stable.

I'd pass on the columbian shark as they tend to get really big and need brackish water. Make sure the pleco won't get too big, your tank looks good though, best of luck.


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