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no pics yet sorry.

the planned stock... 1 redtailed shark. 2 peppered cories. 5 gold barbs. 1 black kuhli loach. not sure what else yet. any thoughts?

as for filtration, im going to try to borrow myfriends extra 50 gallon filter or one of his 100 gallon filters - he has 3 spare lol (is this a good idea for such a small tank?)

not sure on the heater yet, i have one extra lying around.

black or red gravel. some plants and a couple DIY PVC caves for hiding.
 

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A 50 gallon filter on a 29 gal tank should be OK. 100 gal filter might make too much current in the water. Sounds like a pretty good selection so far.
 

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thanks. i was wondering about that... the current from the 100 that is. if i used the 100 i was going to mount it on one of the ends instead of the back, so that the current wouldnt be as harsh. if that makes sense
 

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reverendred said:
no pics yet sorry.

the planned stock... 1 redtailed shark. 2 peppered cories. 5 gold barbs. 1 black kuhli loach. not sure what else yet. any thoughts?

as for filtration, im going to try to borrow myfriends extra 50 gallon filter or one of his 100 gallon filters - he has 3 spare lol (is this a good idea for such a small tank?)

not sure on the heater yet, i have one extra lying around.

black or red gravel. some plants and a couple DIY PVC caves for hiding.
Just be aware, Red Tail Shark = Pure Evil
My single RTS in my 75G is causing havoc on my Bolivian Rams and GBR's. Still looking for someone locally to take him off my hands. He's near 6 inches, and Pure Evil.
 

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Definitely don't get 2 in a 29G. I have 2 Rainbow Sharks in a 55G, and they seen to do well together, but I would never think of getting 2 RTS, not even in my 75G.
 

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yea i just read that that is a bad idea.

is there any other shark that it would mesh well with? rainbow shark maybe?
 

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i agree RTS satan with fins
i find overpowerful filters a bonus they keep my nitrates near zero the only problem (depending on the fish really)is diffusing the output i do it by deflecting the outflow agaist decor like rocks
 

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i guess one shark will be enough then. besides ill have fun watching my pack of barbs run around. i might put a few tigers in there as well now that i think about it.
 

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i agree RTS satan with fins
i find overpowerful filters a bonus they keep my nitrates near zero the only problem (depending on the fish really)is diffusing the output i do it by deflecting the outflow agaist decor like rocks
Filters have nothing to do with removing nitrates. The only thing that removes nitrates is plants and PWC's.
 

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well ive spent the past hour cleaning this tank in preparation.

the story on this tank is that a buddy had it out in his garage for the past few years and it still had some dirt in it (was a reptile habitat). it was pretty damn dirty.

so im checking for leaks right now. its about a 1/4 full. and no leaks from the bottom. i hope that there aren't any farther up cause i don't feel like filling up anymore right now haha.

a few short days till this tank is up and going.
 

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50% water changes every week? thats really bad for your aquarium, your tank needs to build up beneficial bacteria to do the work for you, then you won't have to do so many water changes, also remeber most filters do the bst job at the lowest flow rate.
 

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isnt it the gravel, ornaments, plants and most of all the filter that harbours the beneficial bacteria? the water itself has very little in it, no?
 

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50% water changes every week? thats really bad for your aquarium, your tank needs to build up beneficial bacteria to do the work for you, then you won't have to do so many water changes, also remeber most filters do the bst job at the lowest flow rate.
lol

if your water 'built up' the beneficial bacteria then why would you ever do a water change? I do 10-15% daily, is that even worse than 50% weekly in your book?

Julie you are right. Filter is where its at, vast majority anyways.
 

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goldseverum109 said:
50% water changes every week? thats really bad for your aquarium, your tank needs to build up beneficial bacteria to do the work for you, then you won't have to do so many water changes, also remeber most filters do the bst job at the lowest flow rate.
i see this many many many times on the forum. Ok heres what i have to say. Bacteria lives on surface stuff, gravel, ornaments, tank glass and most of all the filter. It is not free swimming so when you change the water your not taking any bacteria out. Second to that, no matter how much water you take out, 1% or 99%, the fish will still poop no matter what so the bacteria will always have something to eat. Also no arobic bacteria eats nitrates (there is an anox bacteria that eats it though, but there used in saltwater) so the only way to remove a lot of nitrates at once is to remove a lot of water. 50% weekly is one of the best things you can do with the fish. I know someone who does 30% daily.

What are you talking about with the filter????? The more water that goes through the filter the more water that gets filtered so obviously a filter with a high flow rate is better. Where are you getting this information, i need to check that website out and complain to it.
 
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