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Nubster 08-01-2011 09:55 AM

Hello from West Virginia
Just wanted to say hello. I am not new to fish keeping though it has been several years. I am new to this site however and I'm glad I found it. Looks like a great place. This time around I plan on doing a 75g community planted tank. I'd like several largish schools of small fish including a nice school of cory cats. I am used to keeping predators and oddballs so really the whole community thing will be new to me. I am prepping my tank and doing some research, hopefully things will be up and running this week and fish will be in the water sometime in the next few weeks (fishless cycle...gotta hate'

BarbH 08-01-2011 10:05 AM

Hello and welcome to TFK :-D Happy that you found us, look forward to hearing what you decide what to do with your tank, and once you have things up and running we would all love to see pictures.

fish joey 08-01-2011 07:39 PM

Welcome to TFK ....big tank = lots of fun !!! :-D:-D

Beaches 08-02-2011 03:53 PM

Hi Nubster :wave: Welcome to the forum and I hope you enjoy your time here!

Nubster 08-02-2011 04:47 PM

Thanks. Plans are a natural aquascape community setup. Live plants and schools of several different fish. I am getting away from predator fish even though I love them, I get tired of not being able to add tank mates for fear of them being killed. This setup is for my son and I to do. I want a bunch of small fish, not sure yet on what. Only thing that is mandatory are a nice school or two of cory cats. Everything else is up in the air at this point. I just started cycling today with shrimp and on Thursday I am getting some seeding gravel from a friend that has several tanks. So perhaps with a little luck I can start stocking next week, but don't worry...I won't rush it if it's not ready.

ladayen 08-03-2011 12:24 AM

Welcome :)

Cory's are great :) Just remember to keep them in groups of at least 5, or if you want you can have several species together but have 3 of each species. Zebra Danio are a rather active fish that generally stay at the top but will explore all over. They have been known to nip fins though. Harlequin Rasbora are another fairly active fish I enjoy. They will even school with the danios every so often. 75g gives you lots of options.

One thing I will mention, I'm not sure if you're aware of it yet but dark substrate and background will really bring out the colors of most fish. With cory's you may even wanna try sand. Sharp bottoms are really bad for them and theres been a few incidents mentioned on here of them getting sliced up. I have corys in my 35g with gravel base though and they dont seem to have any problem with it.

Romad 08-03-2011 04:21 AM

Hi Nubster,

Welcome to TFK :wave: Looking forward to your updates and pics.

kitten_penang 08-03-2011 05:44 AM

:-D hi hi fishless cycle is a love hate issue :lol:

BarbH 08-03-2011 12:49 PM

If you have not come across the fish profiles yet, that would be a good place to read up on different type of fish that will work for the set up that you want to do. It can be found at the top of the page second tab from the left. It sounds like it will be a nice project for you and your son to be able to work on together.

onefish2fish 08-03-2011 12:54 PM

welcome to the forum.

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