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Re: New to tropical

Postby Carylnz » Sun Sep 30, 2012 8:48 pm

You will find a lot of odd fish mixes on Youtube. They usually don't state that the fish are all juvenile (hence will survive a few months) or were not in there long before one half ate the other half etc :roll:
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Re: New to tropical

Postby charl89 » Sun Sep 30, 2012 10:22 pm

Yeh i think we will stay clear of them then. dont fancy some half fish lol.
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Re: New to tropical

Postby charl89 » Tue Oct 02, 2012 8:20 pm

question:
how long should i cycle my tank for before adding fish?
and secondly, how many fish can i put in the tank at once? with marine you can only do something like 2 but the place i am buying the fish from said 10 would be ok for a 125litre tank. is this correct?
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Re: New to tropical

Postby Carylnz » Wed Oct 03, 2012 9:44 am

Depends on size. Volume is also not as good as surface area when it comes to working out stocking.
I always suggest 4 neon sized fish in a 2ft tank (talking standard tank sizing here eg 2ft x 1 x 1 etc), 6 in a 3ft, 8 in a 4ft.
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Re: New to tropical

Postby charl89 » Thu Oct 04, 2012 7:11 pm

thanks for that. so do i need to wait for nitrates to go down? meaning the cycle is pretty much finished and then add fish? as the lfs said to add something like fresh start to get the cycle going which we did. and he said something about the cycle being less as it say you can add fish 3 days later which we havent done as i dont see how something that takes a good few weeks to cycle only taking 3 days.
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Re: New to tropical

Postby Carylnz » Thu Oct 04, 2012 7:39 pm

Your nitrates will depend a lot on the local water supply you are using. Some supplies are high in nitrates so there is not a lot you can do, except have a lot of fast growing plants.
Are you cycling with fish or without? If without, you need an ammonia source or all you are doing is letting the tank sit with a bit of Fresh Start stuff in it. It will not cycle like this.
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Re: New to tropical

Postby charl89 » Thu Oct 04, 2012 7:41 pm

without fish, i have a few plants in there, bog wood. is it best then to get some fish to get the ammonia going?
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Re: New to tropical

Postby charl89 » Sat Oct 06, 2012 4:11 pm

another question, as the fish come tomorrow.
we have a skim layer on the surface, we used to get it on our marine, does this matter?
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Re: New to tropical

Postby charl89 » Sun Oct 07, 2012 7:54 pm

got my new fish today, and i cant believe how well they have settled already, within 5 mins they were feeding on the plants and swimming around as though they have lived in here for years. no fighting which is weird after marines, much prefer this lol
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