Shark's aggression.

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Shark's aggression.

Postby jzaine » Mon Jul 02, 2007 11:51 am

The female has been nipped a third time. This is getting out of hand. I can't return the shark because I've had him for almost 2 years. No pet store near me has rainbow sharks in stock either. I am probably going to give the guppy's away and get a fish that is much faster than he is, like barbs or add the black widows. In the mean time, to prevent the guppy's from getting injured, since they are attracted to the slate cave, I have put them in the 10 and the widows in the 20, since they are faster than the shark, He is keeping an eye on them but hasn't chased them as of yet. What fish would be smart to put in there with the shark if any?
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Postby Wolfgirl » Tue Jul 03, 2007 5:06 am

To be honest, he needs to be in a bigger tank, so I wouldn't consider adding any more fish to the mix until you can upgrade his tank. That's my personal opinion. :)
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Postby Angel Fish » Tue Jul 03, 2007 5:24 am

I agree. You've been very lucky with him so far. Unfortunately, a bit like us humans, as fish age they become less tolerent of tankmates. He really needs more room to be truly happy.

You've done very well with your small tanks, perhaps you could trade the 10 and 20 for a 40 :wink:
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Postby jzaine » Tue Jul 03, 2007 10:04 am

The problem is, I have all my tanks up stairs and I was told that if you keep a tank upstairs larger than a 20 gallon than it will crash through the ceiling under the weight. I would have had a 55 gallon by now if I hadn't been told that. My parents don't want a tank downstairs and I don't know if a tank would do well down the basement.
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Postby jzaine » Tue Jul 03, 2007 10:21 am

I understand what I need to do. In order to keep my fish happy I need a bigger tank. Are trade-in's possible in the US? I am going to hold off on the sand to attempt to get a new tank.
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Postby krekra » Tue Jul 03, 2007 10:45 am

Look into a 29. They are readily available and rather inexpensive. They are a nice size to look at without overtaxing your floor for an upstairs room :D
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Postby jzaine » Tue Jul 03, 2007 11:39 am

Would that be good enough for the shark and the fish I already have?
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Postby jzaine » Tue Jul 03, 2007 11:47 am

I think I've going to do a 29. I have a filter in my 20 for 20 to 40 gallon tanks which will allow for a cycle with fish. I will also add all the ornaments. There are tanks at walmart (where I get my tank kits), and they always have at least 1 29 gallon kit there. It can't be more than 150 because the 55 gallon is 150. I hope this is good enough.
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Postby jzaine » Tue Jul 03, 2007 2:01 pm

I talked to my mom abou it and she said "So your going to have 3 tanks in your room?" I told her no and I will take the 10 down or move it to the basement. The stand I have is a 10/20 gallon stand so I will put the 20 on that and the 29 (if and when I get it) on my dresser. I will be using the filter from my 20 gallon to help cycle the 29 gallon, and I will place the 29 gallon filter in the 20 while that is going on. Thanks for the help.
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Postby Apistogramma » Tue Jul 03, 2007 4:13 pm

Hey Joe,
I have a 48"16"18" (250l) in my upstairs room. It's spanning as many joists as possible, against the supporting wall towards the corner of the room and I took the feet off to spread the weight as much as possible and it's ok.
I also filled the tank VERY slowly!!! (Over a week.)
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Postby jzaine » Tue Jul 03, 2007 4:23 pm

I'm not 100% sure what the supporting wall in my room is. The wall the the 20 gallon is on is right by my door. The 10 gallon is right near my window, in the corner of the wall, That is the wall with the heater vent so It couldn't go there. The other side has my closet. Then the other corner is my door. I only have 1 corner it could go on and that is the corner where the the hallway meets my mom's room(on the other side of the wall that is) Would it be safe there?
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Postby Apistogramma » Tue Jul 03, 2007 4:39 pm

jzaine wrote:Would it be safe there?

I can't tell you for certain because I'm not a structural engineer...
I would speak to your parents about it - also how old is the house?? Mine is Victorian - old yes but the joists in the place are huge oak wood joists that will hold more than most modern houses are designed to.
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Postby Jonathan » Tue Jul 03, 2007 5:45 pm

How old is your house when It was build?
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Postby jzaine » Tue Jul 03, 2007 9:30 pm

I honestly don't know how old it is, I would say it was built during WWII when the sea port in Gloucester was most active.
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Postby Angel Fish » Wed Jul 04, 2007 12:05 am

You could always put a piece of thick(ish) board under the dresser that the tank is to go on. It will help to spread the weight more evenly :)
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