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Old 08-14-2010, 08:56 AM   #1
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My name is Ryan. I am new to this site, but not so new to fish and aquariums, although it has been a couple of years since my last aquarium. I will be picking up a 55gal and stand for $150 tomorrow. I am wanting to build up a cichlid tank and caught my eye on blood red parrot fish. So I am wanting to build a setup around 1 or maybe 2 of those. Any suggestions for compatible mates is welcome! I am also thinking of a fluval 305 or 405, depending on available funding .

My previous tank was a 29 gal which hasn't been filled for several years. Had a school of tiger barbs and other community fish. I've always used my snake gravel vacuum for cleaning and water changes, but we just moved into a new home and it came with a fancy faucet which is not compatible to the coupler. You guys have any tips or tricks for cleaning your tanks without the luxury of a faucet/sink?

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Can you find an attachment at your hardware store that can fit your sink end and cleaner end? I know I have a few different plastic fitting to use for hooking our python up to the shower. Different connections in the shower than the sinks.
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welcome to the site! for my tanks i use a gravel vac and it sucks the water into a bucket then i dump the bucket in my sink. so you can try that.
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My basement, when I moved in, had one of those fancy faucets in the bathroom down here. I just went to the hardware store and bought a cheap-o faucet that did have the connection I need. They install quickly.
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Can you find an attachment at your hardware store that can fit your sink end and cleaner end? I know I have a few different plastic fitting to use for hooking our python up to the shower. Different connections in the shower than the sinks.
I need to play around with the fitting, im sure there is a way. Just doesnt look like a bunch of room.

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My basement, when I moved in, had one of those fancy faucets in the bathroom down here. I just went to the hardware store and bought a cheap-o faucet that did have the connection I need. They install quickly.
Not sure my better half would be pleased with me for switching them out, lol, im trying to ease her into the aquarium frenzy.
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Welcome to AA. As far as tankmates go, a 55g isn't a lot of room. You could maybe go with a pair of bloodparrots, but that doesn't leave you room for much else. You could get a small school of rainbow tetras with some bristlenose plecos and maybe a school of cory cats for clean up
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