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Old 11-12-2012, 09:53 AM   #11
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It started as a hobby about a year ago, it has since become an obsession. I'm in the USCG.
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Old 11-12-2012, 10:53 AM   #12
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Wow!! Awesome tank! Not familiar with the uscg term? I see your clown loach left bottom and the tin foil barbs as well as your parrot. Cannot make out the school on the top left. What does you turtle eat in a mixed tank like that. My cousin Has a large tank with parrots, Mississippi map turtle and I forget the others. Help me out here Chris. How does that sand work out with syphoning? I know my cichlids prefer a sand substrate but I have has the blue gravel and crushed coral as the starting up. I haven't changed any decor or gravel since the start up.
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The USCG is the United States Coast Guard. The school is just feeders, for my oscars and the gar. The sand is not bad at all for siphoning, just take my time and keep the siphon about 1/2"-1" above it and it pulls all the filth right off and leaves the sand in its place, it's nice because the filth doesn't get down in between the particles nearly as badly as it does with the gravel. I started with gravel and was nervous to do sand but now I wouldn't have it any other way. My RES eats All types of fish food (flake,crisps,sticks,pellets) along with feeders, frozen flounder, mealworms, and a small frozen hopper mouse every now and again.
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Old 11-12-2012, 06:42 PM   #14
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2 parrots, 2 African spottef leaf fish, a synodontis catfish (no positive id) and 2 knifes fish. No aggression at all. And I just siphon the water not the sand. And yes sand is better for water quality, but gravel is fine if maintained. Particles will float down between the gravel. With sand, less particles get down in between if it's a very fine sand (like sugar sized grain). And sand also allows anaerobic bacteria to colonize and turn nitrates into nitrogen gas, very beneficial if maintained correctly, but certainly not needed as we can see from above.
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Old 11-13-2012, 12:40 AM   #15
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O thanks for your service! As easy as that sand does sound I have had great success with my gravel and they (dempseys) do not mind it. I have a few marbles in there along with a sea glass that has been powder coated so it is not sharp. They pick that up and always make a nest of marbles. Never seen eggs yet though :/ could be because they just aren't a breeding pair or the Pleco is getting to the eggs.
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Old 11-13-2012, 01:38 AM   #16
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If it works, don't fix it. I like the blue gravel and if your additions (marbles, sea glass) keep them busy thats even better. I had my gravel for several months and it is still in use in my friends 55g. Nothing wrong with it just requires a bit more thorough cleaning.
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I wasn't aware plecos ate eggs, although as scavengers I guess it makes sense. I've also been hoping to wake up with Oscar eggs, but due to them not being dimorphic I don't know if I even have 1 male and 1 female, I guess my odds are 1::3 so well see, they are coming up on a year in the next couple months which I read is about sexual maturity for them. Lets hope if I do manage to get some eggs my Pleco won't eat them.
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It is possible to mix them, if it works out than its ok To me. others doint like that idd. But I doint bite your head off. I had posted it the beginning. I had a lot people that got mad because I mixed them. They looking good. So I doint have a problem with that good job.
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Great cichlids.
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