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180L new tank help...!

Postby Andyjc01 » Wed Sep 19, 2012 6:47 pm

Hi everyone.
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Brought a Juwel 180L tank at the weekend. Filled on Sunday with treated tap water. Water in tank seems to be a bit cloudy. Any thoughts..?
Was thinking of getting a few Golden Barbs at weekend to start cycling tank. Good idea?
Haven't got any decor yet, apart from fake log/branch. What will be best for fish?
Any thoughts muco gracias...!
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Re: 180L new tank help...!

Postby Carylnz » Wed Sep 19, 2012 10:49 pm

Water may be cloudy for a few days until it settles. A lot depends on how carefully you filled it or how well you washed the substrate beforehand.
First thing is to check the water has stabilised at the correct temp.
Any fish would like plants in there so they feel more secure and safer.
Do not add any more than 4 - 6 golden barbs to start with, depending on their size.
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Re: 180L new tank help...!

Postby Andyjc01 » Thu Sep 20, 2012 5:37 pm

Cheers dude...!
Read many of your replies/advice on othe posts so much thanks.
Water today is nearly crystal clear and tank temp stable at 25/26 c.
Going to add 5/6 barbs at weekend, but should I install plants first...?
Then I guess it's time to start checking levels...?
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Re: 180L new tank help...!

Postby Carylnz » Thu Sep 20, 2012 11:18 pm

I have always added the plants first. Not sure if it actually makes much difference but the fish will be happier going into a planted tank.
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Re: 180L new tank help...!

Postby Andyjc01 » Sun Sep 23, 2012 6:03 pm

Added live plants and 7x Zebra Danios over the weekend.
Tested levels today. All ok.
Over next few weeks, what would be the most suited fish to add...?
Tank is 180l
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Re: 180L new tank help...!

Postby Carylnz » Mon Sep 24, 2012 2:48 am

Add no more fish for at least 1 month. It will take 5 - 7 days before anything shows on test readings and even those levels should be minimal.
Can't advise on which fish to add next as I have no idea what you want. You asked about golden barbs but then added danios. :roll: :lol:
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Re: 180L new tank help...!

Postby Andyjc01 » Mon Sep 24, 2012 6:57 pm

Was gonna add golden barbs but was adviced by my LFS that if I started with Barbs then I would be restricted on on other community fish to add afterwards.
I'm thinking of some neon tetras, a brittlenose Pleco ( as I think they don't grow as big as other plecos), maybe a Dwarf Gourami, 2x Lyretail Swordtails, and maybe a Male Krib...!!!
Any advice would be greatly received... :D
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Re: 180L new tank help...!

Postby Carylnz » Tue Sep 25, 2012 1:05 am

The golden barbs can be a bit boisterous and are reasonably large fish.
Bristlenose (Ancistrus sp catfish) would be a great addition but not until the tank has been running 3 or more months so they have something on which to graze.
I assume you mean 2 male words. I would add them next, then the neons, then the krib.
The dwarf gouramis need a more mature tank so add later, like the bristlenose. They may also find the golden barbs a bit scary.
Instead of neons, I would suggest cardinal tetras. Larger, hardier, and live longer.
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