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djchilli 01-11-2010 04:16 AM

live rock
hi im new to this now i have a juwel vision 180 tank and i am wondering can i put in some rock with tropical fish. the only thing is that the rock came from a saltwater tank. is they any way to clean it and add it or anything like this.

thank you

adiumroot 01-11-2010 04:36 AM

What type of rock is it?
But generally, I wouldn't advise it. Even if you soak and wash the stones to get the salt out, the minerals and other stuff present in the rocks can wreak havoc on your PH and Hardness readings.

Rocks used in freshwater can go into saltwater as decorations. The reverse, however, may have potentially dangerous or troubling effects.

djchilli 01-11-2010 04:43 AM

im not sure what type of rock it is. im new to this lol. i think i wont put the rocks in just to be safe. also which woulr be better in sand or gravel for the fish i have a small tank with gravel in at the moment but i would like sand in. is this ok for plecs aswell.
thank you

adiumroot 01-11-2010 06:58 AM

Depends on what kind of fish. Since you mentioned plecos, I think they're fine with whatever, as long as the substrate is not sharp that might injure them. Sand or small/medium sized gravel works fine.

What other fish will you be putting in?

djchilli 01-13-2010 03:44 AM

hi i have 4 mollies 2 tiger barbs 1 fighter and and 2 plecs. iwill be gettin a silver shark or 2 aswell to put in also maybe 2 clown loach. thank you

iamntbatman 01-13-2010 04:40 AM

Unfortunately, I think you're going to experience problems with that stocking list. Tiger barbs need to be in large schools in order to reduce the amount of aggression between them. I would suggest 8 fish minimum although you have room for quite a bit more than that in a tank of your size. The barbs are also going to nip at the betta's fins constantly, which will eventually result in the death of your betta. If they are common plecos, they will outgrow a 180l tank. Smaller pleco species like bristlenose, clown or rubberlip plecos would be more appropriate. Silver sharks (by these I assume you mean bala sharks) and clown loaches will also get much too large for your tank.

Sorry for all of the bad news! 180l is still a very decently sized tank and there are plenty of options for fish that will cause less problems and are just as interesting as the ones you've got picked out.

djchilli 01-13-2010 07:48 AM

ok thank you very much for the advice i will get sum more tiger babrs and not a bala shark but maybe a red tail or an albino shark.

iamntbatman 01-13-2010 04:01 PM

That would be a better choice as they stay small enough to be housed in your tank. Be sure only to get one rainbow or red-tailed shark, as these fish get very aggressive with their own kind as they get older.

djchilli 01-14-2010 04:57 AM

ok thanks for the advise. if u no any other fish that would be ok please let me know as this would help alot.

thank you

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