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ash06k 09-03-2013 04:33 AM

New hobby for me & a few questions :)
 
Hi,

I recently decided to take up a new hobby & buy a small aquarium

I'm loving it so far :)

My tank has a Ph of around 6.8-7.2 & has some added marine salt for the gobys

Freshwater fish in my tank:
They all seem to get along fine, they don't bother one another & swim happily

2 Swordtails
2 Mollies
5 Cardinal Tetras
2 Bumblebee Gobys
1 Bristlenose
1 Dwarf Gourami

Equipment:
EHEIM filter
Small no brand filter
Mini air pump which drives an air stone situated behind a decorative rock


Planned:
A stand for my tank w/ storage for food, maintenance thing etc.


**I have a few questions about my setup,


I have a EHEIM brand filter, it has a port at the top which spits out water, is this ok to be submerged?

I also have a small filter next to is which does that,
Would it be ok to remove this smaller filter & leave only the larger one? (green in the photos)

& also I have a live plant, shown coming out of the skull decoration, I've had this for about 2 weeks now, do I require a UV light for this plant, will if accept my fish? If so, how?


I've attached photos below to help describe my situation*

Any help or advice on my setup is appreciated. :)



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GwenInNM 09-03-2013 06:40 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ash06k (Post 2939058)
Hi,

I recently decided to take up a new hobby & buy a small aquarium

I'm loving it so far :)

My tank has a Ph of around 6.8-7.2 & has some added marine salt for the gobys

Freshwater fish in my tank:
They all seem to get along fine, they don't bother one another & swim happily

2 Swordtails
2 Mollies
5 Cardinal Tetras
2 Bumblebee Gobys
1 Bristlenose
1 Dwarf Gourami

Equipment:
EHEIM filter
Small no brand filter
Mini air pump which drives an air stone situated behind a decorative rock


Planned:
A stand for my tank w/ storage for food, maintenance thing etc.


**I have a few questions about my setup,


I have a EHEIM brand filter, it has a port at the top which spits out water, is this ok to be submerged?

I also have a small filter next to is which does that,
Would it be ok to remove this smaller filter & leave only the larger one? (green in the photos)

& also I have a live plant, shown coming out of the skull decoration, I've had this for about 2 weeks now, do I require a UV light for this plant, will if accept my fish? If so, how?


I've attached photos below to help describe my situation*

Any help or advice on my setup is appreciated. :)



http://s10.postimg.org/jogmk4ta1/photo_2.jpg

http://s24.postimg.org/bohznvs79/photo_3.jpg

http://s13.postimg.org/z6taxzj53/photo_4.jpg

http://s23.postimg.org/71giztzcr/photo_5.jpg

http://s8.postimg.org/qnms2yh3p/photo_6.jpg

http://s18.postimg.org/9yf88i215/photo_7.jpg

http://s23.postimg.org/q989a6723/photo_8.jpg

Right now, what I worry about is how long the tank has been set up. The cycling process can and will kill your fish. Are you aware of cycling? Do you have test kits to test for ammonia, nitrites and nitrates? Other than that, it looks nice. Don't know about that type of filter. The plant will one day need to have it's roots in gravel. You need a good daylight bulb around 6,500K to grow plants.

Gwen

Boredomb 09-03-2013 07:32 AM

If the filter is a submersible then I wouldn't worry about the hole being under water. As for having both well if the Ehiem is rated for your size tank then I would just run it for now as long as your not overstocked fish wise.

Gwen is right about the plant needing a bulb that's around 6500kelvin. You can get one at a local hardware store or if you want a plant bulb you can go to the pet store and get a full spectrum bulb around the same Kelvin. I use both depending on my tanks. In my 29 it has one bulb and its a Zoo med ultra sun trichromatic super daylight simply because it has more intensity then a regular daylight bulb like GE majes but they are more money too.

Btw Welcome to Tropical Fish Keeping!

ash06k 09-03-2013 08:07 AM

Hi,

Thanks for the warm welcome & replies to my questions, :)

Gwen I looked into cycling,

My tank was running for a week or so empty before I put my fish in, & since I've done 10% every other day water changes

I do ammonia tests regular & just today it was near 0
The next increment in my colour scale was .2 something
It was definitely closer to the 0 colour than .2

Please shed more information on cycling now that I have fish in the tank if you can
I do want to take the best care I can for them & make them live comfortably.


Thank you Bordomb,


I do have traditional bulb light in the hood of my tank, however I use a LED strip to illuminate the tank as it allows me to dim the lighting throughout the day

The filter is submersible, it was the top snorkel (grey port) part I was concerned about, it pushes water back out to the tank, I wasn't sure if this sits above of below the water :S

Also on the topic of filters would a submersible foam cartridge type filter like I am using now or a hob filter be better for my tank?


**I bought my tank second hand so the gear isn't all new, however I did put a new cartridge in the filter.



Any opinions are welcomed :)

KPainter 09-03-2013 08:32 AM

Since your tank is so new and you already put fish in it, you might want to think about adding more live plants. They'll help keep the water in good shape since you don't have enough beneficial bacteria going on at this point.

ash06k 09-03-2013 09:32 AM

I will go purchase some low light aquarium plants tomorrow,


Also I've decided to use my other filter as it has a 3 stage (carbon, bio balls, ceramic noodles) system over my current foam/cartridge type internal one. My research indicated this is the better one to promote good bacteria growth

Should I use both maybe?
The internal one to help filter large waste


*I have a low level of ammonia in my tank right now which I am concerned about, can I use a product like Seachem Stability (a locally available 'bio starter') to boost the bacteria in my tank?


Thanks,

ash06k 09-05-2013 12:35 AM

OK got some plants, & did 30% water changes the past couple days
Set up my 3 stage filter along side my cartridge type filter & added new ceramic noodles & carbon,
Also bought & added some Seachem Stability to the tank to help good bacteria growth
Ammonia levels I had are near 0 now, I will monitor this & continue water changes for the next few days whilst adding the Seachem product.

Could I add a small Ghost knife fish with my current inhabitants & conditions?

arnoldrew 09-05-2013 08:28 AM

I like to use this: AqAdvisor - Intelligent Freshwater Tropical Fish Aquarium Stocking Calculator and Aquarium Tank/Filter Advisor

Put in your tank size, filters, and what fish you have/want, and it will tell you stocking level, filtration capacity, special requirements, and fish compatibility. It's not perfect, so you still have to do your research, but it is pretty useful. Looks like you're at 67% stocking level. I added the ghost knife and it said your tank is too small since they get 18" long. Remember, take the FINAL size of the fish into account when buying a fish, not the current size.

ash06k 09-06-2013 04:28 AM

Hi,

That site is so useful, even has my model of filter in the list
Looks like my pH & temperature were spot on
Thanks for the help, I will reference it when thinking of more fish. :)


*I did another anomia test today (result attached), the level seem to be dropping nicely with yesterdays water change & the Seachem product.

Hopefully it reaches 0 by mid next week.
Seems pretty close now, does it get a full clear yellow or is this pretty much it? :/

*Also scored a cheap Ikea desk on eBay for $15 which I ail try & hack into a lowline stand for my tank. :)
Should complete that project by the end of the weekend.

http://s23.postimg.org/ac90u8amj/photo.jpg

ash06k 09-06-2013 04:40 AM

Also, I installed a 6000K LED strip on my tank using a dimmer to control the lighting.

I didn't use any commercial glues or tape to mount it , fearing it may leak into the water, or even the condensation with the closed lid will contaminate the water.
It's currently just wedged between the LED's on the tank support

Any thoughts/ideads on how I could mount it more permanently (safely)?
I plan on installing a UV LED strip for my plants also


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