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    ZekesMom

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    New with everything

    Post by ZekesMom on Thu Jul 28, 2011 2:38 pm

    As the name says I'm zeke's mom. I just got her 45 gallon corner tank and the awesome Fern helped me get up and running in the right direction. For right now I only have a few plants and guppies in the tank. Future stock will be a pair of angels and who knows what else. This is my very first tank other than the homemade tank zeke made for me with a betta in it.









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    H2O Nyck
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    Re: New with everything

    Post by H2O Nyck on Thu Jul 28, 2011 2:41 pm

    Thats a nice tank! WTG Zekes mom!
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    zeketaz

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    Re: New with everything

    Post by zeketaz on Thu Jul 28, 2011 2:50 pm

    Hopefully it will look better than when I had it lol
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    FishVixen
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    Re: New with everything

    Post by FishVixen on Thu Jul 28, 2011 3:25 pm

    wow nice job for a first tank.

    joefish72

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    Re: New with everything

    Post by joefish72 on Thu Jul 28, 2011 4:13 pm

    Welcome Zeke's mom, and nice tank. Best of luck and keep us posted on any new additions.
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    Fern
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    Re: New with everything

    Post by Fern on Thu Jul 28, 2011 9:01 pm

    It was crystal clear till the big bag of filter squeezing's went in there Laughing
    Glad you are enjoying it so far! Now zeke just needs to hook you up with some more low light plants and you will be on your way!!!!!!
    Welcome to the addiction mom!!!!
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    zeketaz

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    Re: New with everything

    Post by zeketaz on Thu Jul 28, 2011 9:08 pm

    Other than the java fern what plants are low light?
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    williemcd

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    Re: New with everything

    Post by williemcd on Thu Jul 28, 2011 9:54 pm

    ZM.. welcome to the wonderful hobby of keeping fish. Be cautious, soon the fish will be owning you!.. We all hope you keep us posted on your progress. Bill in Va.

    joefish72

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    Re: New with everything

    Post by joefish72 on Thu Jul 28, 2011 10:13 pm

    zeketaz wrote:Other than the java fern what plants are low light?
    Marimo moss balls are good, and I think crypts are good, they do well in my tanks and they just have regular bulbs that came with the hood. Marimo balls also compete with algae for the same nutrients so they help keep the tank from turning green.
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    zeketaz

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    Re: New with everything

    Post by zeketaz on Fri Jul 29, 2011 3:58 pm

    Well here are her parameters

    PH 8
    Nitrite 0
    Nitrate 5
    Ammonia 0
    GH 6
    KH 10
    Temp 79
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    FishVixen
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    Re: New with everything

    Post by FishVixen on Fri Jul 29, 2011 6:50 pm

    already 0 ammonia sounds great! I would still wait a couple of days to check it out before adding anything else to the tank.
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    zeketaz

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    Re: New with everything

    Post by zeketaz on Sat Jul 30, 2011 9:27 am

    Well trying to find fish that will work for her since she has well water and a salt system hooked to it...Hoping that using her tap water will lower her PH cause I think she used water straight from the well. Here's some fish she's interested in and she is getting a pair of angels for sure:

    1 Sunset Gourami
    12 Black Phantom Tetra
    6 German Blue Ram
    12 Blue Kerri Tetra

    Not sure what she like as far as bottom dweller and she will probably rather go with the black phantoms over the blue kerris. Fern since I'm an uber forgetful air head I posted here so I can look back and read responses LOL. What bottom dwellers would work in the tank since there is salt in the water? Mom chime in any time ya gota help to ya know tongue
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    Re: New with everything

    Post by FishVixen on Sat Jul 30, 2011 10:28 am

    watch the gouramis as over 90% carry a very bad virus. I would let the tank be set uo for at least 3 months before adding rams.
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    zeketaz

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    Re: New with everything

    Post by zeketaz on Sat Jul 30, 2011 10:32 am

    Gouramis carry viruses? Never knew that. Fish won't be added for another week or so want to see if the PH will come down any. Just kind of planning and as we know plans always change lol

    joefish72

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    Re: New with everything

    Post by joefish72 on Sat Jul 30, 2011 1:44 pm

    Just about everything will work with her well water. Until a few months ago I was using well water that was over 2000 ppm of disolved solids and salt. My water hardness was over the 450 limit for my test kit, and I think salt content was about 1100 ppm. Look at my list of kept species for a sample of what works.

    The one fish I couldn't keep alive was dwarf gourami, never had any regular gouramis.

    Here is a link to basic water chemistry (you may already know all this stuff but it's a good refrence)
    http://fins.actwin.com/mirror/begin-chem.html


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    williemcd

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    Re: New with everything

    Post by williemcd on Sat Jul 30, 2011 1:59 pm

    I thought the Gourami virus was limited to the Dwarf variety.. Learn something new every day!..
    http://www.practicalfishkeeping.co.uk/content.php?sid=1108
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    zeketaz

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    Re: New with everything

    Post by zeketaz on Sat Jul 30, 2011 2:05 pm

    well now Fern put her in a totally different direction lol. Picked up 3 glo light tetras and some loach. No rams or black phantom tetras.
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    Fern
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    Re: New with everything

    Post by Fern on Sun Jul 31, 2011 1:45 pm

    The black phantoms are too darty for the tank.
    Go with something different from rams, look at the pairing dwarf cichlids, theres some fun ones out there!
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    FishVixen
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    Re: New with everything

    Post by FishVixen on Sun Jul 31, 2011 3:40 pm

    sunset gouramis are dwarf gouramis there are many types.
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    zeketaz

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    Re: New with everything

    Post by zeketaz on Sun Jul 31, 2011 4:04 pm

    Ok I'm lost...Thought y'all said no to the gouramis. Would Apistogramma cacatuoides work?
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    FishVixen
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    Re: New with everything

    Post by FishVixen on Sun Jul 31, 2011 10:09 pm

    no gouramis! yes to any apisto.
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    Re: New with everything

    Post by Fern on Mon Aug 01, 2011 7:06 pm

    Research the apistos, lots of the females will kill their male to protect fry, look for ones that share parent duties.
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    Re: New with everything

    Post by FishVixen on Mon Aug 01, 2011 8:28 pm

    cacatuiodes should be fine.

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