New fish, same aquarium

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Postby Dookie » 2007-03-10 16:56

Working in an aquatics store has many advantages, not only do I get to do what I love and get paid for it, I also get to trade in my adult fish and swap them for a whole range of exciting new community fish. :D I was left to pick out my own at the end of the day and I probably picked a few more than I should have. Whoops. :whistle1: I felt like a kid in a sweet shop! I figured i'd swap them at cost price Vs trade price so I got the best deal.

I now have (in 180L aquarium)
6 cories
4 hatchets
4 glowlight tetras
7 bleeding heart tetras
7 rosey tetras
5 penguin tetras
1 harlequin (stowaway!)
6 glass cats
6 yellow silvertips
12 cardinal tetras
3 pantha danios
6 albino tetras
1 micro rasbora (another stowaway)
3 metalic rosy barbs
4 pencils

and I went up and bought a beautiful plec at cost price today. Yet to get some pics of him, and will get the sp name on Mon as i've forgotten it.

My aquarium is now looking exactly how I want it, full of busy and colour. Lots of fast swimming, shoaling fish. Brilliant! :woot:

Pics in a mo....
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Postby Dookie » 2007-03-10 17:04

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So fast, hard to get a clear pic.
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Postby Mick e. t. » 2007-03-10 21:44

Times up :pics: :pics: now!! :lol:
Seriously, I can not remember you're tank size? I know you will have you done you're math re fish adult size to surface area. It is also worth bearing in mind that majority of you're new selection are hyperactive fish, inferring, indicating that these guy's use a lot more oxygen than a fish of a less active nature. Just a thought.


6 cories..................................................12'' (300mm)
4 hatchets................................................9'' (225mm)
4 glowlight tetras......................................7'' (180mm)
7 bleeding heart tetras............................16'' (400mm)
7 rosey tetras.........................................14'' (360mm)
5 penguin tetras.....................................12'' (300mm)
1 harlequin (stowaway!)...........................1.8'' (45mm)
6 glass cats...........................................12'' (300mm)
6 yellow silvertips....................................9'' (225mm)
12 cardinal tetras...................................15'' (375mm)
3 pantha danios.......................................6'' (150mm)
6 albino tetras.......................................15'' (375mm)
1 microrasbora (another stowaway)..........1'' (025mm)
3 metalic rosy barbs................................9'' (225mm)
4 pencils.................................................8'' (200mm)

total fish length 346" give or take... done just to show the potential fish inches in the long term. :tup:
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Postby Mick e. t. » 2007-03-10 21:46

great, looks so professional :tup:
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Postby Dookie » 2007-03-11 01:12

Thanks Mick. My tank is the juwel vision 180L
I probably have overstocked, but for now it's doing fine and has a more than capable external filter. As they grow I always have the option of thinning out the stock, all I gotta do is take them back into work, no probs at all :)
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Postby Indigo Blue Fish » 2007-03-11 23:23

*laughs* Well, I know what you're like for fish care, I know you'll make sure they're happy. I mean, look at those lab babies you had!
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Postby Dookie » 2007-03-12 09:09

The lab babies ^_^ They're now in the 2ft ex-guppy tank. Only problem is that they're SO so timid, they spend all their time hiding from me. The problem is that they were raised in a spare room and only got disturbed for feeding and maintanance, they never got used to people. I know from past experience that labs are initially very timid fish, my first three took a good 2-3 months to settle when I first bought them. I don't seem to have the time these days to pussyfoot around with them. I am trying tho.
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Postby Aquaboy » 2007-05-09 05:37

^_^ Heck, I fill my tanks full, never have a problem. I've become some what of an expert on overstocking just because of experience. IMO dont listen to "one inch of fish per gallon". That's bull!! I only keep small-medium(mostly small)fish, so I just get one fish per gallon. But, in order to do this, you must have good air circulation.
If they're really tiny like galaxy rasboras or wild guppies, then I get two per gallon.
Are all your plants live? If so, this should help, as they give off oxygen, but KEEP THE PUMP!!!!Dont think of that as an easy way to save money, okay? ;)
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Postby Indigo Blue Fish » 2007-05-09 08:02

*chuckles* It's possible with good maintenance.

And Dookie - they'll get used to it. Denzel's a gutsy, nosy creature now.
Give them a tiny bit of food every time you come in - they'll start recognising people as lunchtimes, so will become more bold very quickly.
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Postby smiley » 2007-05-09 13:22

dookie, i love your tank, thats what in aiming for in my tank(s)-just need more plants ATM. May i ask,what is the long plant at the back(the long grassy looking one) Plants arnt really my strong point

IBF, i agree with you there, just i tiny bit of food in every time you go into the room, i do that with my malawi tank(which has a lab in) now every time im doing tank mantinance my hand has a shcoal of fish following around the tank :lol2:
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can plecs see what they are eating ?
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Postby Aquaboy » 2007-05-09 13:44

It looks like regular vallisneria to me smiley. :)
Your tank is looking really nice dookie. :tup: That's somewhat what im aiming for too, except for more heavily planted.
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Postby Mick e. t. » 2007-05-09 19:23

Anything is possible with expert maintenance. 40+ experience and I wouldn't claim to be an expert, always on a learning curve. For a novice to read that an inch of fish per gallon is a load of bull is not ideal advice. My advice to beginners is to stick with the rule of thumb as suggested by professional advisers, in fact just a suggestion for gaining a little knowledge on stocking levels, this should be worth a read <a href='http://allfishforums.com/index.php?showtopic=1277' target='_blank'>"Cruelty through ignorance"</a> :tup:
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Postby Aquaboy » 2007-05-09 19:42

I already know every thing in there
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Postby Mick e. t. » 2007-05-09 19:47

I think you missed the point Aquaboy. You might have some experience, but there are those that don't. In good spirit :tup:
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Postby Aquaboy » 2007-05-09 21:41

I've never given that advice to a beginner. I always tell begginers to get fish like white clouds that don't need much oxygen. And i tell them to use the rule of thumb. If she didnt have experience, she wouldnt work in an AQUATICS STORE :bmp:
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