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  1. I have a 55 gallon with the dimensions 100 cm x 50 cm x 40cm i want to put bigger south american cichlids how many can i put and im putting a canister that does 264 gallons an hour
  2. I have had tank for 25 of the last 40 years and have decided to get a bit more serious. My current tank is a lonely 20 gallon but a 55 is coming soon! This one will be done correctly from the start. Lots of plants! I bought my first test strips and they are depressing! I recently had a smelly (sulfur) tank and am trying to fix it up. I have 1 surviving platy, 4 neon, 4 zebra, 3 cory and a snail. Daily water changes. I am determined to get it right for my fishy friends! I also keep goldfish in a pond in my yard. They have been living there for about 6 or 7 years now, breeding and seemingly happy now that the raccoons have moved on. Thanks for any advice and best wishes from my fish tank to yours!
  3. I am setting up a new 55 gal. It will have sand, tiger drift wood with lots of hiding spots, some rocks and some live plants, but mostly I want the open clean look. I will have two modified HOB filters each rated for the full tank. So starting up the tank isn't an issue, however, I have recently fell in love with a blue ram I have in another tank. Now I know I want as many and as many different kinds in this new tank as I can and be healthy!!! How many (and how many different kinds) could realistically live happily and healthy in this tank? And should I add other fish kids in with them, if so, what? Female bettas, (probably not enough plants in my plan) dwarf gouramis, 3 angels? Tell me your thoughts and help me with your experience!
  4. My 55 and my 40 have ich. I called my local aquarium store and they suggested that I use seachem's ployguard. I used it and it seems weak. I have ich-x and want to change over to that. However, seachem has that sulfathiazone in it. I says on the ich-x bottle not to use with other meds especially those with sulfa. I treated my 40 first and lost 3 angelfish and I was warned that the med would turn my water blue, it never did. Somehow I cross-contaminated my 55. My favorite fish are in that 55. They clearly have ich and I've treated with salt and an airstone and temperature raise. Should I change over to ich-x and how would I do that safely. Would i do a massive water change after filtering with carbon. Then add more salt and the new meds?
  5. My 55 gallon bottom seal popped at the front and emptied my tank. I was able to rescue the fish. No cracks in the glass that I can see. It only leaked out from around the bottom trim. My reseal plan is to remove the bottom trim. Clean it up and resealicone it in place. Then scrap out and replace the bottom bead of silicone. I was planning on leaving the sides untouched but wanted a 2nd opinion.
  6. Im glad to be apart of this forum. Im a beginner fish keeper from ohio. I currently have three tanks. A 55g with some java moss that's just starting out. some Helfiyr I probably spelled that wrong. Vallisneria and bolbitis broadleaf. I have a male and female African dwarf frog. Two mystery snails one Ivory one blue a black racer nerite snail. One ghost shrimp it ate the other three shrimp that was blue and red. And three Guppies 1 mail Orange and two female purple. Then I have a 10 gallon setup no filter no air I'm just using it for experimenting with plants. Then I have a 5 gallon setup I plan on doing red or blue shrimp in it has a filter that is running with micro swordgrass. I have a 20 gallon long that is a terrarium right now with a few different plants some isopods red wigglers that are rogue and some springtails and I plan on transferring when I get a 20 High because the plants are getting too tall. I would like to use the 20 long for the babies if the Guppies have any. I have also started a custom fake rock wall for the 20 long I just have to get some of the hydraulic cement already have the foam shaped and detailed I will add a photo
  7. This tank has been up and running just over 2 months, 55 gal, substrate is a mixture of ecocomplete, gravel, and sand, planted with about 10 Java fern bunches, Java moss, 3 banana plants, 2 dwarf aquarium Lily bulbs. Temp is currently at 78, ammonia, nitrites are 0; nitrates are <10 (I’ve always had trouble getting nitrate levels even to a readable level in this tank). currently stocked with 3 Amazon puffers. I have this white bio-film, or fungus recurring, even after scrubbing it off a couple times. At first it was just on the drift wood and now it’s covering the moss. im less worried about the aesthetic, but will it choke out the Java moss? I can scrub it off the wood with a toothbrush, but how do I manually remove it from the moss? Using shrimps and snails to remove it is not really an option bc of the puffers. Thanks in advance!
  8. I have a 55 gallong planted tank with three juvenile south american/amazon/peruvian puffers. I'd like to get them up to a group of 6, which hopefully will keep them happier. All my local fish stores appear to be out, but I think the Wet Spot has some and I could try to order. The thing is, I also would like to try corydora in there (the idea being they could help "clean up" after the SAPs which are messy eaters, and also because I think they're really cool and have never kept them before). Anything I get next will be in QT for at least a month before being added to the main tank to allow the system to adjust to bioload. And I'm going to add one species or the other next, not both at the same time. I can't quite decide if I should get SAPs up to a group of 6 first, or try the corydora first and then maybe next year if the local stores have SAPs in stock again, I can add 3 more then. Reasons for not getting 3 more puffers now: I'm a novice puffer owner, and I already picked a complicated one to start with (though I feel I made an informed decision and am doing the best I can). Managing 6 sets of teeth down the road seems like a lot, and I'm really only considering increasing their numbers for the well-being of the fish (which is an important to me). Reasons for getting the puffers now: assuming they're still in stock and will ship from The Wet Spot, better get them while I can. Also maybe group dynamics shake out better when fish are combined as juveniles. Plus I can pretty much get corydora anytime. I guess if it turns out I can't order any more SAPs from anywhere I would trust, that will solve the question for me -- but assuming I can get them, what would you do?
  9. I just got finished cycling my 55 I currently have 2 discus and a rope fish I also have and angel fish that I rescued and is living in there temporarily I know some don’t think they should be housed together but he is happy and healthy other than a bent dorsal fin that has nothing to do With this but I want to know what I could add or should it be discus and rope fish only
  10. I have a new tank on it's way (55 gallon Acrylic) and I am pretty sure I need new lighting. My current light in my 45 gallon tank is 24W, but I don't have live plants. In my new tank, I am planning on a fully planted aquascape. I am new to plant care so am choosing very easy plant options to start with. I am not sure how much difference the wattage makes - I have read in multiple places and get differing information: 110W, 1W per gal, and 3W per gal. The tank is 36"L X 24" H, it seems that would make a difference as well. I'm also thinking I need one I can put on a timer. Do I need one that slowly increases in brightness and then decreases? There are too many options and I don't know what I "need" vs. "nice to have" for a healthy tank. The more I research, the more "information" there is to sort through! Thanks for any advice!
  11. I want to set up a tank with african cichlids. I currently have a spare 55 gallon tank that could use. How many cichlids could I get if I used it and what kinds of rocks and decorations could I use?
  12. Hi, this is my very first Forum I've ever participated in 😊 last year I started out with a betta in a bowl, then I researched and found out how bad a bowl is for a Betta, so I got a 5 gallon tank - then a 10 gallon tank and some corydoras and neon tetras. I got another 5 gallon tank and another betta with a few more corydoras. Still want more, so I got a 20 long and some beautiful black Ruby Barb's, Cherry Barb's. Long story short I had five fish tanks going, which is a lot of work. So I decided to get a 55 gallon tank and set it up on cinder blocks and 2 X 6's. I have researched and it says that only the Four Corners need to be supported, my question is how much of the four corners? After I set everything all up, I noticed it wasn't flush and was able to put a piece of paper between the corner of the tank and the wood. Now the tank is on half-inch thick pieces of wood that are the width of the tank, 13 inches, but only 1 and a 1/2 in to the length of the tank, 48 long. I have watched Cory's videos stating only the corners need to be supported, I'm just wondering if that's enough support. The width of the tank is supported but only 1 1/2 inches for the length of the tank on either side. I hope that makes sense, I don't know how to insert a photo. I have to say the tank looks gorgeous the way I set it up, I'm just worried about the Integrity of the tank.
  13. Kinda new, kinda not. I kept fish in my college days some 20 years ago with decent success. My best fish were a pair of Oscars in my 55. They grew up and grew old together. Loved those fish. But with work and kids I just didn't have time for it anymore. Now I've started up again since my kids are interested and I have a little more time now. I currently have 6 Colombian Blue Tetras, 4 Glo Tetras, 2 Yo-Yo Loaches, 3 Bronze Corys, and 1 Chocolate Bristlenose Pleco. Oh, and a herd of Trumpet snails (although the loaches have been reducing that population!). Looking to add that one, big showpiece fish and have narrowed it down to four: an Electric Blue Acara, an Angelfish of some sort, a Pearl Gourami, or a Geophaugus Tapajos. (I've wouldn't mind a Flag Cichlid, but never seen one in the local stores). That will be the only big fish with only the bigger Tetras and bottom fish to keep it company so I don't expect aggression to be an issue. Any advice/recommendations?
  14. Hello everyone! My name is Joe and I am a first time planted tank fish keeper. I currently have an 55 gallon community type planted aquarium. This is my first aquarium. I am hoping to learn more and progress in my abilities.
  15. Hey everyone! I have a question regarding the size of a regulator for Co2 injection on my 55 gallon tank. I am looking to get injection going but don't want to drop $300 on a regulator. Would the UNS mini be able to provide enough Co2 into the tank? I definitely want the dual stage aspect and a reputable brand. Any insight is always appreciated!! - Joe
  16. I recently watched a video that KG Tropicals made showing a staggered aquarium rack for 6 - 10 Gallon Tanks (shown below) I was thinking of applying the same design for 2 - 55 gallon tanks in my basement fish room. Obviously it would need to be scaled up with 2x4s and changing the supporting. Plan was to have the top of the lower 55 be level with the bottom of the upper 55. that way you have plenty of access with each tank and are utilizing the space effectively. In essence it would basically be having a short 55 gallon stand and a tall 55 gallon stand that just happen to share some of the same supports Am I on the right track or is this a fool's errand?
  17. my over crowded 15 gallon long has been a perpetual WC ever since the surviving swordtail fry have reached adolescense/adult. Then just before xmas i got really sick and was unable to keep up my rediculous 2-5 x per week maintance schedule and my water quality suffered greatly as a result(mainly skyrocketing nitrates}. since then ive managed to get nitrates down to around 10/20ish but with 5 swordtails, 2 corydoras and a ever growing 7 in. plecco its time to bust out the 55 gal tank i got used. heres my main Q's: how to safely make the transition? what are some prefered filters for that size tank? i have 2 aquatech 30-60"s, old and new model i aquired because currently im running aquatech 20-40 on 15 gal and thought interchangeable medias/parts would help carry BB to new tank. that been said i dont really care for the 20-40 im useing now even though its been extremely reliable and effective(0 ammonia or nitrite issues in 2 years). are the aquatech 110 HOB good? and any other suggestions on rehoming my bubble buds i much appreciate thanks
  18. My Bad.....55 Gallon looking to stick with live plants and gravel substrate will add plant substrate at bottom if needed. Fish i would love to see ... Rainbow shark-Angle Fish- 3-4 gourami honey or powder blue big spool of tetra either Rummy nose Cardinal or Red eye - either bottom feeders or a bunch of snails 10-15 what do you think ?
  19. Good day all and happy holidays. My son, 7 y/o, has been begging for a tank forever. I have a 29 gallon tank hidden in my bedroom that Santa will delivering for Christmas for him. I had several 10 gallon tanks in my room as an older kid/teen. It's been 20 years since I had a tank. I'm looking to set up a planted freshwater community tank for him including Danios, tetras, corys and some inverts. I feel this will give plenty of variety for hours of enjoyment. A co-worker has a 55 gallon tank that I will be setting up in my living room. It previously housed a bearded dragon. Any hints on cleaning and disinfecting? I know I am excited to start back and I'm sure he will be as well. Cheers, Matt
  20. Working on filling out my 56G planted tank. I currently have a school of 15 or so of harliquin rasbora and am wanting to either find a centerpiece fish or a couple other schools to add to the tank over time but am not sure what would be some good options.
  21. I am setting up a 55 and the hang on back filter that I have is just not doing it I want to switch to sponge filters and am wondering if they can be the sole filter in my tank
  22. I thought I would do a little journal of my journey with my very first 55 gallon tank. Even when I was big into fish tanks as a kid in the early 70s, I never had a tank larger than 20 gallons, so this is pretty exciting for me. I just came back to the hobby a couple of months ago and dove in headfirst. I have two 20 gallons, two 45 talls, a ten and the 55 gallon tank. Only one of them currently have fish; I have some guppies and cherry shrimp in one of the 20s. Although one of the 45s has finished cycling and will probably have more guppies next week. I'll focus on the 55 gallon though since I have not done anything with it yet, other than make a few decisions. Here is the tank currently: //content.invisioncic.com/b300999/monthly_2020_09/20200918_103659.jpg.2f661240beba402d3c31a8e47e5841a2.jpg Cables and such will be hidden. I have some material coming today to cover the top 2x4s with, then I'll make it a little prettier. I decided to do the plasti-dip for a black background and I am doing the twin wall polycarbonate for the lid. Most of my supplies for the tank are coming via UPS today, I bet our UPS guy is going to be surprised when I hug him... Filtration: I am going a little overboard with filtration for now, with the two large spongefilters from the Co-Op and a marineland 350 HoB. For air flow, I just grabbed one of the Aquatop Breza 100s from the Co-op and a battery backed up one from KG Topicals. Heater: I bought two of the 300 watt Eheim Jager's heaters and the JBJ true temp controller @Daniel recommended on another thread. I'm only going to put one of them in the tank for now, I just want one for back up. Substrate: Going with just Eco-complete. Plants: I already have a bunch of plants waiting in one of the other tanks. So far I have: Vallisneria Christmas moss Java Fern and Water Sprite. I want to also get some type of carpeting plant too, but haven't quite decided what yet. Hardscape: I'm going to walk down to the bay tomorrow morning and look for some interesting hardscape stuff. If I can't find anything I like over the next few weeks, I'll grab some of the usual suspects online. Fish: Probably will change, but I'm currently looking at 6-8 Boesemans Rainbowfish, 6-8 Rasboras, but haven't decided on which one, and 5-6 dwarf corys as well as some type of shrimp. {EDIT} For some reason it won't put the pic where I want it, instead it just displays the path and puts the image at the bottom of the post... //content.invisioncic.com/b300999/monthly_2020_09/20200918_103659.jpg.2f661240beba402d3c31a8e47e5841a2.jpg
  23. We have a 55 gallon aquarium with livebearers, bristlenose plecos, cherry shrimp, and cories. My wife would like to add a bigger fish to our aquarium, what would our options be, if any?
  24. I am have 55G custom built tank with 3 gold fish and a female guppy. I will keep sharing my experience.
  25. I have a 55 gallon tank with a trickle filter using bioballs for filtration, small pebble rock as a substrate, rock/driftwood Hardscape and adding the fluval 3.0 light. The tank is Established and being converted over to a community fish tank with live plants. Planning on starting with various anubias, java fern, Bacopa caroliniana, Ammannia Gracilis, Scarlet temple. knowing that the plants will grow over time, How many plants should I start with? Thanks for your input.
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