pH said between 7.7-8.2 but for some reason I couldn't find the hardness on the chart. might be called something else lol.I've started cleaning the tank! (here's a pic so far: Fish Tank | Flickr - Photo Sharing!) So far all I've done is taken out the sand... but hey, it's a start! I've also tried to figure out how the hood goes... There is a hole for a filter and a heater, but the filter (I'm positive it's the biowheel, and it filters 200 gph so I think I'm good for that) doesn't fit in the hole... It looks like it was a two part hood, but we only have one part (I'm thinking that they only used that one, because of the filter not fitting the hole). Is this OK???? Should I cover the top with a towel or something to prevent jumping?
I know I should clean the tank with bleach water for bacteria/viruses, but does anyone know how to get rid of mineral deposits? (Image here: Fish tank mineral deposits. | Flickr - Photo Sharing!)
I'm planning to reuse the sand and decor they had in the tank, I know you should boil it, but for how long?
As far as water levels what I think I have is a pH of around 8 and DGH of about 7. But here's the link to the webpage with the chart so you can look at it for yourself City of Flagstaff Official Website - Water Quality. (I hope this is the right chart...)
As for fish I plan on having- I plan to have 6 cherry barbs, 6 cories (depending on the variety, I'm not yet sure of what I'm getting, I'll probably get the minimum, this is what I read in general is the min. suggestions on what type?) and 13 neon tetras. For plants I plan to get java moss, water sprite, and pigmy chain sword. What do y'all think? I'm more than open to suggestions!
I don't remember exactly where I found it... at some pieces in the website (probably FAQ) there was one question that said something like "What is our water hardness" and the answer said "Our water hardness varies from 25 ppm to 325 ppm depending on the source of production. The average throughout the system is 125 to 200 ppm (7.3 to 11.7 grains per gallon). ".pH said between 7.7-8.2 but for some reason I couldn't find the hardness on the chart. might be called something else lol.
What is the kelvin rating? Prolly something like 5000 or 6500. Should say on bulb.I don't remember exactly where I found it... at some pieces in the website (probably FAQ) there was one question that said something like "What is our water hardness" and the answer said "Our water hardness varies from 25 ppm to 325 ppm depending on the source of production. The average throughout the system is 125 to 200 ppm (7.3 to 11.7 grains per gallon). ".
Oh, lighting... right now it's a single fluorescent that has a "cool" bulb, 20 wats. Is this enough for a planted tank?
Ok, I actually went today! So, they didn't have either of these. They were recommending a LED light, thoughts? Should I just get a floraglow, or I've heard that full spectrum daylight is good...You want a tube with a Kelvin rating around 6500K. With just the one tube over this tank, I would get one of the better makes, a Life-Glo or a ZooMed UltraSun. Make sure it is exactly one of these.
Ah, ok. The Lady at Petsmart suggested it, but I wasn't sure if it was good... Cince they don't SELL vinegar I was more inclined to believe her but still... Let's hope vinegar does the trick! I got a LOT of it off with a bit of scrubbing, so let's hope! Yea... it looks like they didn't use it for a while before they put it out, but still kept water in it...to clean off the mineral deposits you can try vinegar or CLR and a flat razor blade (like a box cutter blade) .. ya know, the trapezoid style? The pictures look like they just let water evaporate and that's the hard water stains that are left over.
Alright then, I think I'll go with Byron's suggested light, but buy it on Amazon. Don't you just love that site?I've been doing a lot of research and from what I've read about the LED's that petsmart and petco offer, that they are very little for a lot of cash. They are kind of the equivelent of buying a long strip light for $70 for a single t8..
It is indeed a long, it's measurements are: 30 in. Length by 12 in. Width by 12 in. Tall.From the 1 picture of this tank it looks like a 20 tall. Is it 24" long or 30" long.? If it is 24" long it's a 20 tall. If your tank is 24" tall you'd just get the 24" version of that light and you'd be at "low" light (roughly 32 par)
I love my bolivian rams they are beautiful and lovely fish. With the shrimp bag, you wont hafta leave it in for months, just until ur ammonia is at 1-2. Usually only takes a couple of days.O.O, so pretty.... *in trance* lol, but seriously they are so cute!! I've also heard that everyone loves these guys! Now with the BR it says 100% capacity, so I'd better stop there...
I forgot to mention before... my hood is for a bulb BIGGER than a T8, I think it's for a "regular" bulb, rather than an aquarium one. We'll probably end up getting a new hood (partly because of that, partly because We're not sure if it works as it got rained on). Would y'all suggest a fluorescent or LED? If LED which would you suggest of the three mentioned above? (probably either the 1st or 3rd one, cause it is indeed a long)
Also, I'm planning to do a fish in cycle, I was planning on doing the shrimp one (where you put raw food shrimp in a mesh bag, and let it rot) but the tank is going to be in my bedroom, and I don't want it smelling of rotting shrimp for two months, or whatever. plus my mom is used to just putting the fish in, from her childhood fish tank(s). I'm planning to use some cherry barbs, they are I think the hardiest fish I plan on having, so let's hope they survive! Thoughts?
And, How many of each of the plants should I get? Again they are:
Pigmy Chain Sword
Thanks again for all the info!
REALLY? And that cycles the whole tank? Wow, I might just go with the shrimp after all...With the shrimp bag, you wont hafta leave it in for months, just until ur ammonia is at 1-2. Usually only takes a couple of days.
hmmmm... How much does the ammonia cost?I have heard nothing but problems with shrimp. I'd suggest going to ace hardware and ask for pure ammonia.