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PostSubject: Re: new to the hobby same old questions   Fri Aug 08, 2008 4:16 am

hey greeny, did you draw the avatar? A 4ft tamk is a great size, you can have loads of fish in there but agree with above about looking what you get - there could be some serious breeding going on if you get livebearers
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PostSubject: Re: new to the hobby same old questions   Fri Aug 08, 2008 8:35 am

the avitar is actualy a photo. there is a site on the net that converts them into stetches. (i actualy got it from myspace)
good thing about this lfs is that if i do want to get rid of fry/ extra fish i can actualy go in and trade them in for other fish/ equipment ect.
but im not looking at keeping many livebearers. im leaning towards odballs and bottom feeders.
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PostSubject: Re: new to the hobby same old questions   Fri Aug 08, 2008 9:28 am

ah well indi is the one for you then, she just loves oddballs and things that dwell at the bottom! :lol:

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PostSubject: Re: new to the hobby same old questions   Sun Aug 10, 2008 12:48 pm

ok the tank mesurments are actualy 4foot by 18inch by 18inch.
with gravel and rock! i got exactly 200lts of water.
here are some pics not the best as theye were taken on a phone.



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PostSubject: Re: new to the hobby same old questions   Sun Aug 10, 2008 6:59 pm

looking good.

what filtration is in there? Under gravel filters?

Will look great when you add some green to the rear of the tank.

Are you doing a Fishless cycle?
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PostSubject: Re: new to the hobby same old questions   Sun Aug 10, 2008 7:34 pm

YES! fishless cycle.
undergravel with 300lt/min airpump
300watt heather. and plants are comming next week.
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PostSubject: Re: new to the hobby same old questions   Sun Aug 10, 2008 7:38 pm

That looks great greeny. If you are doing the fishless cycle then most recommend leaving planting until that is finished as it slows down the cycle.

Just add the ammonia, and keep the plants in a bucket of water until you have finished cycling the tank.

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PostSubject: Re: new to the hobby same old questions   Sun Aug 10, 2008 8:12 pm

Greeny, if you want to keep oddballs and plecs then you are gonna need a bigger filter! (have a look at external filters such as the tetratec ex1200)

The tank looks great though and is a good size.

For plecs (and I know some can be very hard to get/expensive in Aus) I'd look for either some hypancistrus species (L201, L066 etc.) or some bristlenose I think you can get 'peppermint' BN's fairly easily overthere. I would avoid wood eaters (panaques) if you want carnivores in there too.

Have you had a look at Bichirs? Senegal Bichir would fit nicely in there and can be kept safely with gouramis (and other fish over about 3") I've kept 3 together successfully. Or Reed Fish - these grow long but 4ft would be ok for them and they are beautiful, graceful oddballs.
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PostSubject: Re: new to the hobby same old questions   Mon Aug 11, 2008 5:35 am

Might be wrong but dont people have probs with undergravel filters? They are a pain if you want live plants apparently, and get gunged up coz you cant clean them properly.

Might be wrong, but all advice on them I have seen says to get shut of them and use different internal or external filters pal.
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PostSubject: Re: new to the hobby same old questions   Mon Aug 11, 2008 9:13 pm

If it were me, i'd strip out the UGF & add an external. The tetratec that indi mentioned is excellent, I have 2 :lol:

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PostSubject: Re: new to the hobby same old questions   Tue Aug 12, 2008 8:59 am

Very nice setup. Smile

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