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Matt 01-25-2007 09:12 PM

50 Gallon Hex.
Ok, my friend ust offerd me a 50 gallon Hex. for Free.
(i've had my eyes on it for a while)
anyways what should i put in it?
also, nothing that i own already is gowing in it.
its going to be all new fish and plants.

What should i put in it?
I was thinking some kind of shark. like a rainbow shark or sumthin like that.
i want it to be a UNBELIVEABLE looking tank.
not as in water quality but plants and fish wise.
also i was thinking a air stone in the very back wall, and a tall plant in the center.
What color gravel should i do.
and can some people show me pics of your tanks so i can get a better idea?

Thanks everyone.

Lupin 01-25-2007 09:15 PM

You might as well move your goldfish there now that you have a new tank.

Matt 01-25-2007 09:28 PM

NO :evil: hes going in a pond.
nothing that i already have is going in there because that tank has a fungi thing being passed around right now.

FDStation152 01-25-2007 09:29 PM

I've always been a fan of black gravel and background. Shows off the color of the fish and plants quite nicely.

Matt 01-25-2007 09:32 PM

good idea thats what im gonna do.
now about fish..... :dunno: :dunno: :dunno:

FDStation152 01-25-2007 09:37 PM

go slow with the fish brother. I'd hate to see ya start having problems with this tank too. I'd suggest getting all your plants and whatnot set up well before you consider adding fish. Make sure you give it plenty of time to cycle as well

musho3210 01-25-2007 09:45 PM

Here is my plan. Move all your platies to that tank. Use platies to cycle and you can keep them there. Then maybe get a few more female platies. Next, look at the corys, find one that you like, and get around 4-6 of them. Next, you can find some algae eaters, maybe like 3-4 otos or one brittlenose pleco. And last but not least, get Angelfish.

THe reason behind having platies in this tank is to breed them. Angelfish love other fishes fry and who's better at making babies than platies. Getting cories is also good as they can clean the bottom of your tank as well as looking very cute and funny. Getting an algae eater is self explanatory. And Angelfish are BEAUTIFUL fish, plus they do great in a higher type tank since they are normally taller instead of wide and are slow swimmers. Also Angelfish look great in a planted aquarium. You might have some room in that tank for more things but make sure they are community type fish. No newts, no bettas, and no goldfish.

I would not reccomend sharks, they arent easy to take care of, most of them grow huge, and they should have a long aquarium rather than a tall one.

FDStation152 01-25-2007 09:51 PM

I was thinking angelfish too, not very expensive and very good looking fish and they do indeed love to eat fry. I keep a small stock of breeding guppies just to feed to mine. They hang out in one of my plant growing tanks and I just net out a few from time to time to give to the angels. While the guppies also look nice and will produce fry for the angels I don't reccomend housing them together...the angels will tend to rip up the fins of the male guppies and may try to eat those too when they are big enough. Also make sure to avoid neon tetras with angelfish...angelfish eat them in the wild and you'll notice that your neons in the tank will dissapear for no apparent reason (the reason being that the angelfish will eventually catch and eat em)

musho3210 01-25-2007 09:54 PM

well i was talking about platies not guppies, anyway angelfish are hippocrits since they have even longer fins than guppies :)

FDStation152 01-25-2007 09:55 PM

indeedio...yet they dont seem to nip each other up unless they are severely crowded...but a guppy or a betta wont have much remaining in the fin department if left with an angel.

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