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Ok so if 1" fish per 12 square inches of surface means TOTAL OF ALL fish in tank adult size is right. One must stick to small fish ...... If I convert my small tank to a planted tank (natural) how does that affect the fish capability of tank per that rule?

My cat loves CAT TV. She is trained to sit and watch from her stool..... no touch.
 

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The 1" per gallon rule is not a good way to stock your tank. It is a very old and incorrect method to use. In a 10 gallon tank you should stick to smaller fish such as Ember Tetra, Mosquito Rasbora, and Dwarf Corys just to name a few for a 10 gallon I would suggest a group of say 7-8 Ember Tetra and a group of 6 of one of either corydoras hastatus, corydoras pygmaeus, corydoras habrosus.
 

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wow! I thought this was a different new formula. I assume that you mean 12 square inches of surface is the same as a gallon then? Thanks.

If anyone is in Michigan or can share 1-3 fry or plant trimmings I'd be indebted.

I am working on 300. dollars a month and medically disabled. My fish tanks were my Depression busters in the past and I am still in withdrawel of the multitank house I used to have until divorced. I want them back soooo badly. Bad when you used to breed and sell to stores and now have only 10 tank and 1 fish caught from a neighbors pond (permission of course).

I soooo want back into fish keeping! At least I can look at your tanks. And read all these posts. Eventually maybe I can get back into multi tanks. Sorry just thought you might understand the wish to continue fishkeeping even though I can no longer work and buy what I want to stock them.
 

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Opps my bad I read the first part of you first post read. Sorry the meds I take for my back makes me sleepy. LOL I am not familiar with the rule you state. How ever I am not in Michigan but I may in a couple months be able to send you some clippings from my plants once they grow out a little more. I understand your need for the tanks they are my relaxtation to. ; )
 

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Bluebirdnanny, If you could put together enough to pay shipping of $16 I would gladly send you a small variety of fish. I'm a tropical fish grower in FL. I mostly grow livebearers and Plecos. I've always got something set for delivery...tommorrow is painted marigold swords, pineapple swords, gold dust mollies, red wag platies, neon sunburst mickey mouse platys, silver mollies,lyretail black mollies, red wag swords...you get the idea. I hurt my back and have been unemployed since 2008. Took the fish hobby to a whole new level (72 ponds, 15 1000 gal vats, 36 200 gal vats, 300 tanks) Let me know if I can help!
 

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Buckman I would love to see some pictures of your fish exspecially the painted marigold swords, gold dust mollies, and neon sunburst mickey mouse platys I have never seen those colors but they sound beautiful.
 

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+1 on pics! I'd love to see the grounds where all your ponds are. It sounds fantastic. I love Florida. :-D
 

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My digital camera does not take very good photos of my fish in tanks. I have a terrible time witrh focus. I have noit yet figured out how to put a photo on a message. I'll try to put a couple on my albums. Smiles!
 

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Oh wow thanks Amanda!

Buckman I may be in contact with you later. Right now I don't have enough for utilities and my medications let alone fish. Though as soon as I can....you will hear.
 

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No problem Nanny.
 

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Very nice set up! What is the fish that is on the first page that has kind of a pink belly?
 

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That is a firemouth meeki. It is a south american cichlid. They were very common here in florida and even grew in the wild. Until last winter...everything was killed by the cold. I imported breeders and may have one of the only ponds of meekis right now. I am sure other farmers did the same as they were very popular and good sellers.
 

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I thought it was a Cichlid but as I have never kept them I was not sure.
 

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how nice of you to help her.i know how she feel exactly.my stress levels were soaring high before i got my multiple tanks.maybe i just have mts lol any way your fishes and set up looks really neat and i like the collection of fishes you keep. keep on the good work =)
 

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Tank SPECS RETESTED

I think I understand the test directions better now. Here are the results. This means Hard water???

PH 8.5
GH 14 (38 turned it red + 14 to go green)
KH 10
NO2 0.09
NH3/NH4 (ammonia) 0

TEMP: 75 (with heat and lights on)

HARD ALKALINE WATER RIGHT?????

So NOW which fish is recommended? I think my want list was all wrong except maybe the platy?????
 

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8.5 chilids or mollies maybe another good choice
 

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And they have arrived. So far so good. Only one showed stress signs. Checked levels.
Little high this morning for ammonia so did a water change per level rise. He is swimming more again.
Never added so many fish at one time before.

Need new tank already.....found 10 fry. Suspended them in net inside tank until get new pump. My quit and I temp am using my nebulizer!!! Too strong and can't be turned down besides not wanting to burn it up. I made make shift tube connections for an air bar stone. Giving shots of air infusion for twenty minutes at a time (just under surface).
 

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babies so fast.congrats =)
 

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yes!!! Before I even got box open.

I have one question though.... the Pleco appears to have a zigzag tail... new variety or deformity? Never seen that before in a Pleco. If when I can do a bigger tank I will have to move him/her and get some more so he/she isn't all alone.

Next time I get to the bigger towns (hour away) and can get to Walmart or Fish store I will have to get a new pump.

For now my nebulizer is acting like an overpowered air pump. Made makeshift down sizing coupler to get larger tubing downsized to fit to a long air stone I had. Near surface, resting on heater brackets. Can't leave on 24/7 as it is only meant for breathing treatments. So tank is getting "extra long breathing treatment" air infusions with rests for nebulizer in between.
 
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