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rocksout4cheese 11-05-2007 08:46 AM

new 55 gal tank! angelfish? help me out please :-)
 
i still have to get the water in and get everything set up, i'll be doing that today. i'm wondering what advice you could give me about cycling, maintenance, etc.
also, i'd like to have angelfish as the main attraction in this tank. wondering what other interesting fish would co-exist well with them?
what about snails and such?
i'm just not sure how to set this all up lol this tank is so huge it's got me a little stupified!
oh, also i have a blue and dwarf gourami that i was planning on adding to this tank, but if it would be easier to keep them separate i could do that. not sure how they would get along?
thanks!!!!!!! :D

willow 11-05-2007 10:22 AM

hello and welcome aboard. :)
nice size tank you have there.
well how big is the other tank you have,and what filter is on it ?
you can use filter media or sponges from you r existing
tank to help with the cycle that the tank needs to go with
are you going to do a fish less cycle,or use fish ?
Angels will look great however my advise and opinion
would be that they are best for a more mature tank.
how long have you been a fish keeper,
i don't mean that in a rude way,i just don't want to waffel on
if i am going over the top,without explaining myself. :)
(i do have a tendancy of doing that. )

rocksout4cheese 11-05-2007 12:18 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by willow
hello and welcome aboard. :)
nice size tank you have there.
well how big is the other tank you have,and what filter is on it ?
you can use filter media or sponges from you r existing
tank to help with the cycle that the tank needs to go with
are you going to do a fish less cycle,or use fish ?
Angels will look great however my advise and opinion
would be that they are best for a more mature tank.
how long have you been a fish keeper,
i don't mean that in a rude way,i just don't want to waffel on
if i am going over the top,without explaining myself. :)
(i do have a tendancy of doing that. )

the other tank i have is a 10 gallon, already cycled and doing well.
i'd like to cycle my new tank with fish, since that's what i'm used to doing.
how many and what kind of fish should i use to cycle my tank? i don't mind waiting to move in some angelfish, i'd like to make sure the tank is doing well before i introduce those anyway.
not sure what kind of filter to get for this 55 gallon, don't have a whole lot of money to spend but i was going to go out looking for one tomorrow.
i used to have a 30 gallon tank, that was about four years ago. the last fish i remember having in that before i sold it was a single african cichlid. before that it was goldfish. so i've never had a whole lot of work to do!

and another question... :) ... after putting the plastic plants i had in this new tank, i'm not liking the way they look. if i wanted to house angelfish in this tank eventually, how many and what sizes of plants should i have and any suggestions on arrangement?

must seem like i want everyone to do the work for me :lol: ! i have a 20 month old daughter that keeps me pretty busy, and i haven't done this for a while so it's nice to have the advice of some aquatically-creative folks :wink:

willow 11-05-2007 03:47 PM

hi
ok,i am not good with working out how many fish to cycle with,
in my honest opinion fishless would be quicker and kinder
however when using fish to cycle with,you would need hardy fish,
like,platys,danios, these do seem to live out the cycle.
in regards of the filter,you could always check out the likes of
e-bay,craigs list,local papers,you could find a real bargain,
i would recommend an ex ternal canaster filter,however
i have used internal before and found it to be just as efficeint,
umm plants.... there are tonnes,and there are lots that
are easy to care for. :) planting i would say is what pleases
you with how they look,i have been known to change my tank
appearance more than twice a month. :crazy:
i totally agree it's great to be able to talk to people who love this hobby
there is usually someone around,and it never hurts to ask something if you are unsure,so please do ask,it's not a problem. :)
you could always add some mopani or bog wood,there is the freshwater pictures page,pop in there and have a look you may get a bit of inspiration there,
anyway enough of my waffel lol, let us know how you get on. :)


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