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Old 01-19-2013, 06:30 PM   #1
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My first real attempt at a freshwater tank

This is a two minute video of our 29 gallon freshwater tank. The tank and most of its inhabitants were given to us. We added plants and a few more residents. I've gotten some help on what all of the fish are, I'm only unsure of the two biggest shark looking guys. The video says there's twenty fish, but I just moved one of the cory cats to the betta tank so in truth there are nineteen fish, two dwarf frogs, and three snails.

I've added the plants (bamboo being the most recent addition) a brighter light (10,000K, 17watt, T8, 24") and am experimenting with very small amounts of liquid co2, and small amounts of fertilizer tablets placed in the substrate (gravel and sand mixture).

I've been watching my chemical levels and all seems well. We got the tank from a family member who had been "winging it" which really meant he was buying new fish often. I've been doing a sizeable pwc every few days. We didn't get any of his old filter media so I'm not certain if my cycle is set up with whatever bacteria survived the move on the substrate and few decoration pieces.

Anyways, I'm wide open to comments, criticism, and advice so let it fly.

I have been keeping an eye on my angel fish as I'm told the tiger barbs will likely not get along with them.

Here's the link: Freshwater Aquarium - YouTube

Here's a list of my fish (I think):
Two unknown sharkish looking guys, the largest fish in the tank
Four tetras
Two angel fish
One Pleco
Three Cory Cats (two albino)
One swordtail
Six Tiger Barbs (one is easily identified as the outcast, having suffered some past attacks)
Two African Dwarf Frogs
Three Snails (Spiral I think?)
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Old 01-19-2013, 06:40 PM   #2
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This is a two minute video of our 29 gallon freshwater tank. The tank and most of its inhabitants were given to us. We added plants and a few more residents. I've gotten some help on what all of the fish are, I'm only unsure of the two biggest shark looking guys. The video says there's twenty fish, but I just moved one of the cory cats to the betta tank so in truth there are nineteen fish, two dwarf frogs, and three snails.

I've added the plants (bamboo being the most recent addition) a brighter light (10,000K, 17watt, T8, 24") and am experimenting with very small amounts of liquid co2, and small amounts of fertilizer tablets placed in the substrate (gravel and sand mixture).

I've been watching my chemical levels and all seems well. We got the tank from a family member who had been "winging it" which really meant he was buying new fish often. I've been doing a sizeable pwc every few days. We didn't get any of his old filter media so I'm not certain if my cycle is set up with whatever bacteria survived the move on the substrate and few decoration pieces.

Anyways, I'm wide open to comments, criticism, and advice so let it fly.

I have been keeping an eye on my angel fish as I'm told the tiger barbs will likely not get along with them.

Here's the link: Freshwater Aquarium - YouTube

Here's a list of my fish (I think):
Two unknown sharkish looking guys, the largest fish in the tank
Four tetras
Two angel fish
One Pleco
Three Cory Cats (two albino)
One swordtail
Six Tiger Barbs (one is easily identified as the outcast, having suffered some past attacks)
Two African Dwarf Frogs
Three Snails (Spiral I think?)
You are overstocked
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Old 01-19-2013, 06:42 PM   #3
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You are overstocked

I've been afraid of that. How severe would you say? What is the consequence?
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I've been afraid of that. How severe would you say? What is the consequence?
Too many hormones from fish (growth hormone) tells them how much to grow and if to many fish means too many hormones which means unhealthy fish growth

Too many fish>too many hormones> not healthy fish growth>not happy fish
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I've been afraid of that. How severe would you say? What is the consequence?
Quite severe depending on what the 2 shark like fish are. The consequences could be territorial issues and illness. How much water do you change and when and what is your filter?
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Quite severe depending on what the 2 shark like fish are. The consequences could be territorial issues and illness. How much water do you change and when and what is your filter?
Just checked the video and the 2 sharks a're baLa. sharks which need a 125 gallon tank at least
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How soon will they need a bigger tank? I can't afford a larger one at the moment. I may have to see about getting rid of them.

I am unsure of the filter, I'm sure it came with the tank when he bought it. Aqueon is the brand. I'll look around for a model #.

Right now I'm changing a little over 30% of the water every two or three days.
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How soon will they need a bigger tank? I can't afford a larger one at the moment. I may have to see about getting rid of them.

I am unsure of the filter, I'm sure it came with the tank when he bought it. Aqueon is the brand. I'll look around for a model #.

Right now I'm changing a little over 30% of the water every two or three days.
Ok that should be ok for the time being but I would remove the two balas
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Old 01-19-2013, 07:21 PM   #9
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Ok that should be ok for the time being but I would remove the two balas

Alright. Are they of significant value? Any chance of selling/trading at the LFS? (I mean, is that something that is normally done?)

Once I've found them a new home, how overstocked do you think I am?


Also, anyone have any opinions to share on my plants? They seem to be doing well but I'm definitely new to ALL of this.
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Alright. Are they of significant value? Any chance of selling/trading at the LFS? (I mean, is that something that is normally done?)

Once I've found them a new home, how overstocked do you think I am?

Also, anyone have any opinions to share on my plants? They seem to be doing well but I'm definitely new to ALL of this.
Im not sure if there worth much and your still quite overstocked
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