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Old 03-05-2012, 02:36 PM   #31
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Yep they'll be getting a nice 120 gal home. Started a fish in cycle this morning all is well for now. Going to deliver the fish to there new owner and look at plants tonight and possible pick some sort of structure.

Should I wait to add more of the Tetras or should I include them in the cycle. I know adding more will mean I'd have to watch the levels more closely. I think we plan to have 6-8 of them and when needed get a tank cleaner.
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Old 03-05-2012, 02:48 PM   #32
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Yep they'll be getting a nice 120 gal home. Started a fish in cycle this morning all is well for now. Going to deliver the fish to there new owner and look at plants tonight and possible pick some sort of structure.

Should I wait to add more of the Tetras or should I include them in the cycle. I know adding more will mean I'd have to watch the levels more closely. I think we plan to have 6-8 of them and when needed get a tank cleaner.

Ahhh that'll be nice for them I would definetely do what Mumma suggested and wait before adding anymore fish. I know it can be tough because getting the fish is the best part, but if you don't hold out, you could end up with a disaster. It has happened time and time again. There are a few people on here right now who are doing everything they can to clean up the mess created by getting too many fish too fast. It'll really pay off if you just wait

What type of style do you like in tanks? Natural or a theme such as Atlantis? You had asked about decor in an earlier post. If you want to go natural there are many types of cool rocks to choose from at the pet stores (in the fish section). There are ones with holes in them which can be fun when the fish swim through the holes. My Roselines chase eachother through the giant whole in the red lava rock. If you want to go with a theme, I would sugest first you choose which theme and then pick your stuff before you buy it to make sure you will have everything you want for it. My huisband wanted to do Atlantis and he ended up with a mis-matched tank because he was quick to buy decor without matching it first, thinking it would all work together.
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I like the natural look better but anything stone appeals to me.
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Me too. I bet you'll love the stones sold in the shops that look like they were taken from the grand canyon. Gorgeous! They have red, white and tan swirls in them with holes. I wish I could recall what they are called.
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As Lovin Fish said, best to wait until the cycle is fully complete before adding any more. The less fish, the slower the ammonia rises which means less water changes for you and better for the fish.

If you have a creek or lake around you, you can collect rocks and wood to use in your tank. The wood will need to be boiled or put through the dishwasher to kill any bugs and the rocks soaked in water with the pH being checked to see if they alter it.
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Awesome info. Well here's what I've for until we go to the store. They stay in about the middle of the tank and wait for food to drop before eating.

So use to the Oscar sitting and waiting to grab the first pellet.
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Awesome info. Well here's what I've for until we go to the store. They stay in about the middle of the tank and wait for food to drop before eating.

So use to the Oscar sitting and waiting to grab the first pellet.
You're on your way! Can't wait to see what you do with your stones and plants!
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Here's where I am now. Probably stay like this for awhile. Got a Java Fern per LFS recommendation . Some slate and salt & pepper granite.
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I like the cave. make sure the rhizome isn't buried. It will rot and the plant will die. You java fern will do much better tied to the slate.
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Nice!!! Thanks for sharing an updated pic Definetely take Mummas advise! She has incredible planted tanks!!!!
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