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Old 05-19-2013, 04:28 PM   #1
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Hello all! New member here!

Hi my name is Patrick Riley and I am attending the University of Cincinnati and studying electronic media. I recently got into keeping fish. Growing up I had a few tanks but never really understood how to keep fish. When I was 7 my parents bought me a 10gallon tank and is just filled it up with tap water never conditioned it and was able to keep a fish for 1 1/2 years. It was a sad day for me when it died .


Over the past few months I have put probably 250$ + into a fish tank. I bought a marine land led 20 gallon starter tank and then an air pump and a new heater with an auto shut off. Plus I had some stuff I bought for a little 1.77 gallon tank that my sister gave me I bought a tetra wisper small filter for that. But that tank is empty now.

So far I had 2 platys in that 1.77 gallon tank " this was about a month ago" and ofcoarse I lost 1 of them. Just over a week ago I bought the 20 gallon marineland tank to move my surviving platy into. It wasn't untill last night that I actually moved him into the 20 gallon tank.

Last week a few days after having the tank running I bought 4 longfin zebra danios and one died while I was in Vegas despite my girlfriend Feeding them. So now I have 3 longfin zebra danios and 1 comet platy "who I have named pikachu" Pikachu has lost alot of color probably because of high levels of toxins from the small tank.


Here is what my 20 gallon tank looks like right now . I may return my water mill and exchange for the smaller one as this takes up alot of room. I would like to have more fish than just 5 or 6. I know the zebras need like 5 to be happy and that would leave me going over my limit including my platty. I was wanting to add some sort of algae eater and some ghost shrimp too.

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When I returned from Vegas aside from losing a long fin zebra I noticed one of them picked up a seriously different yellow tint? Any ideas?



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The only problem I have with this tank is the bio wheel filter that came with it. It hardly picks up any debris. I watch pieces of food just float right on past the intake within an inch and not even be pulled in? Is that normal?


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Is my decoration to big and obstructing my filter intake? I mean the thing hardly pulls in debris anyway so I'm not sure how much it really matters.

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Old 05-19-2013, 04:49 PM   #2
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I would think the HOB filter you have should provide enough suction to handle small debris I know mine does. how new is the filter?
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Old 05-19-2013, 04:51 PM   #3
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I would think the HOB filter you have should provide enough suction to handle small debris I know mine does. how new is the filter?
Came with the tank no older than 1 1/2 weeks
I mean the water moves through it it's just not seeming to suck up food particles leaving me with more to vacuum
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Old 05-19-2013, 05:07 PM   #4
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Zebra danios are so hard to take a picture or with an iPhone everytime they slow down you press the shutter and boom they are gone lol

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well you have a nice looking set up man one thing I did in my 55g tank to help with the larger particles that my filter wont grab is I put in a blue crayfish I didn't notice if you had anything that bottom feeds in your tank.
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Old 05-19-2013, 05:34 PM   #6
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well you have a nice looking set up man one thing I did in my 55g tank to help with the larger particles that my filter wont grab is I put in a blue crayfish I didn't notice if you had anything that bottom feeds in your tank.
Ya I was thinking about getting some ghost shrimp the crayfish may be to big because this is only 20 gallons. Another problem I have is like floating dust and lint particles . Does anyone know of any water top skimmer that helps remove the top layer.


Only thing I don't like is having only 4 fish its almost Boeing and I feel like my tank is empty so so I'm thinking of getting an amazon sword to put in somewhere but my gravel is large so I don't know where to plant it ... And I may get a moss ball. Once I get more money I'm buying a bigger tank and eventually I want to so salt water. Because they just look better prettier fish more expensive but more rewarding

Not sure If tiny bubbles or dust

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Realized my fish had babies and was only able to net 1 but the rest are hiding in the gravel.



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Also added shrimp so the rest of the fry are probably done for :/

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Also added shrimp so the rest of the fry are probably done for :/
The shrimp won't eat the fry. The thing that is most likely to kill the fry is the filter. Unless u have a sponge filter, the fry will easily get sucked in.
If u get an amazon sword, u gotta realize that they will grow HUGE, fast. So u gotta trim it often when it starts growing fast. ( maybe after a few weeks )
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What kind of filter do u have ?
I have a marineland 250 for my 20 gal. Keeps the tank really clean.
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