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Old 08-18-2014, 08:46 AM   #11
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You could add just a few. Corydoras and Danios are shoaling fish and will do best if they have several of their own kind with them. You could add 3 or 4 of both with no trouble. Barbs are a bit nippy, so I'd also add some floating plants like Hornwort or Anacharis as hiding places. Just drop a few individual stems of these into the tank. They don't need to be planted. They'll keep the water a bit cleaner between water changes.

Adding fish adds to the waste load. So, you should up your water changes. I keep several 55 to 60 gallon tanks and change half or more of the water every week or two. Don't rely on the filters to keep the water clean, they just take in toxic tank water and return the same water a little bit less toxic.

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Old 08-18-2014, 08:55 AM   #12
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Thanks Bradbury! I change at least 50% of the water each week and then once a month I clean out all the decor as more of a deep cleaning.

Plus I'm running filter floss in all four cartridges which get changed out once a month as well.


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Old 08-18-2014, 09:11 AM   #13
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Forget the Serpea Tetras they are not good community fish period.
My Serpae Tetras are good community fish. So I guess there isn't a period after all.
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Old 08-18-2014, 01:45 PM   #14
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Thanks Bradbury! I change at least 50% of the water each week and then once a month I clean out all the decor as more of a deep cleaning.

Plus I'm running filter floss in all four cartridges which get changed out once a month as well.


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Don't get too enthusiastic about tank cleaning. You can remove beneficial bacteria. The good bacteria lives on all surfaces inside the tank, not just in the filter media. All organic material that collects on the bottom of the tank will dissolve in the water. Some is necessary to nourish the plants. The rest is removed by performing a simple water change. By removing and replacing large amounts of tank water and doing it regularly, you'll guarantee the fish and plants a healthy environment.

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Old 08-18-2014, 09:51 PM   #15
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I don't plan on doing live plants anytime in the near future. I prefer to focus on just the fish.

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Old 08-18-2014, 10:03 PM   #16
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Yeah I would ignore it, he rarely says anything useful unless you're into hornwort and hardware store light bulbs

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Old 10-02-2014, 12:47 PM   #17
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Hello everyone!

Here is a quick update as to my current stock and what I plan on adding:

11 Black Skirts - Done
8 Black Neons - adding 3-4 more
8 Neons - adding 5-6 more
5 Cherry Barbs - adding 5 more
5 Bloodfins - adding 5-6 more
2 Corys - adding 4-6 more
1 Common Pleco - swapping out for a Gold Nugget Pleco when it's available
4 Zebra Danios - adding 6-8 more
2 Blue Pearlscale Angels - Done

So...that would be everything once I'm done and I don't plan on adding all of that at once.

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The barbs might nibble on the angels' fins.



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That's good, especially once the common is out.

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That's good, especially once the common is out.

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Yeah...he's starting to get pretty big. Fortunately my LFS will let me trade him in for store credit. So I may put it towards a Gold Nuggest Pleco...or towards other fish.
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