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I don't know which fish would be suitable! Help!
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tracylloyd1
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PostPosted: 2011.01.24(Mon)14:40    Post subject: Reply with quote

diademhill wrote:
Do you use water from the tank?


No, I don't...Should I?
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PostPosted: 2011.01.24(Mon)14:51    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tapwater will kill the bacteria and render the filter useless.

You should just rinse the filter in a bucket of water taken from the tank. You only need to clear the sponge enough for water to flow and only do this when you see any flow restriction.
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PostPosted: 2011.01.24(Mon)15:12    Post subject: Reply with quote

diademhill wrote:
Tapwater will kill the bacteria and render the filter useless.

You should just rinse the filter in a bucket of water taken from the tank. You only need to clear the sponge enough for water to flow and only do this when you see any flow restriction.


So I don't necessarily need to clean the filter out st a acertain time, just when the flow isn't as usual? Will this help the tank?

Do you think that the Flying Fox would be OK?
Do you recommend that I take the BN's out and put them in another tank?

Also, what do you think to adding:

6 Neon Tetras
5 Red Cherry Shrimp
2 Amano Shrimp
3 more Pepper Corys

And because the Kuhli's and Minnows are schoaling Fish how many do you recommend in having of each? Do you think that all these would fit in to the tank set up and other fish that I currently have ?(but I am definitely taking the Golden Algae Eater out)
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PostPosted: 2011.01.24(Mon)15:18    Post subject: Reply with quote

Everytime you've cleaned the filter the tank would have cycled again and harmed the fish. They may have survived but they will have lasting damage similar to a person with smoke inhalation.

You can't have all those fish.
The 2 bristlenoses & 1 False siamese algae eater will be OK but choose one shoaling species that is able to stand up to the antics of the F-SAE.
You need to allow for four peppered cats.

I would suggest half a dozen serpae tetras as mid level fish. Neons are a bit too small. Cardinals may be OK if you purchase at a larger size BUT don't add anything for at least a six weeks after cleaning the filter.
Shrimp are OK.
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PostPosted: 2011.01.24(Mon)15:43    Post subject: Reply with quote

diademhill wrote:
Everytime you've cleaned the filter the tank would have cycled again and harmed the fish. They may have survived but they will have lasting damage similar to a person with smoke inhalation.

You can't have all those fish.
The 2 bristlenoses & 1 False siamese algae eater will be OK but choose one shoaling species that is able to stand up to the antics of the F-SAE.
You need to allow for four peppered cats.

I would suggest half a dozen serpae tetras as mid level fish. Neons are a bit too small. Cardinals may be OK if you purchase at a larger size BUT don't add anything for at least a six weeks after cleaning the filter.
Shrimp are OK.


Oh, I would never have know that about the filter if you hadn't told me! Thankyou very much! Would the Neons be OK if I took the F-SAE out and replaced it with an Otocinclus. Also, do you mean I need to buy another 4 Peppered Cory's to add to the 2 that I already have, or buy another 2 so I have 4?

I will wait as long as it takes to add new fish, as I just want them to be OK...
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PostPosted: 2011.01.24(Mon)15:52    Post subject: Reply with quote

Add two more corys to give a group of four.

Where have you been buying fish & supplies?
(I have a pretty good idea)

TBH I wouldn't get otos as with bristlenoses and shrimp in the tank they may starve.

Do you see much algae?
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PostPosted: 2011.01.24(Mon)16:00    Post subject: Reply with quote

diademhill wrote:
Add two more corys to give a group of four.

Where have you been buying fish & supplies?
(I have a pretty good idea)

TBH I wouldn't get otos as with bristlenoses and shrimp in the tank they may starve.

Do you see much algae?


OK, I'll invest in some Cory's then...

I buy my fish from various shops, mainly Fishey Business and Maidenhead Aquatics. Although I have been looking online recently, but thought that having fish posted is not good for them.

Would I be able to keep some Neon's in the tank if the F-SAE wasn't there? If so, have you got any recommendations as to what could replace the F-SAE?

At the moment, there is not too much algae in the tank, but I've only changed the substrate within the last week...
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PostPosted: 2011.01.24(Mon)16:34    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK - no more fish for six weeks at least and be prepared to do a water change if you see any fish breathing hard.

Maidenhead take back fish.
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PostPosted: 2011.01.25(Tue)1:14    Post subject: Reply with quote

diademhill wrote:
OK - no more fish for six weeks at least and be prepared to do a water change if you see any fish breathing hard.

Maidenhead take back fish.


What, are Maidenhead Aquatics a really bad place to buy Fish from?
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PostPosted: 2011.01.25(Tue)2:29    Post subject: Reply with quote

Maidenhead aquatics will take back fish if you arrange to take them in - some stores don't.

Their standards, IME, vary from branch to branch. Some are very goodt and some much less so.
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