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Old 12-30-2004, 10:10 AM   #11
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example: My Purple Firefish is a skitish fish by nature, In a tank with almost no aquascaping, she would probibly spend the majority of her time near the bottom and very close to the rocks. but because I have a fair amount of structure in my tank, She will swim around virtually anywhere she pleases knowing full well that if a predator were to come near her, she can shoot off into a cave and to saftey.

I only have 40 lbs of dense rock in my 37 gallon, but I have been able to arrange it in a way that offers shelter, has some height, and also allows a good amount of swimming room for my clowns who are not so skitish.

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Old 12-30-2004, 10:46 AM   #12
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If you don't want the tank to be crowded then get a sump and put LR into it to untill you get to the 1.5

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Old 12-30-2004, 10:56 AM   #13
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LR in the sump will help with the bio filtration but you still need to consider the stress of the tanks inhabitants. As previously stated the fish etc. need the rock(or other obstacles) for the security.

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