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Old 01-16-2012, 02:47 PM   #1
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Hi,
I came to be the keepers of four comets after going to a local fair with friends. One was given to our group from some teenagers who were giving him away, and the other three were won later.
I never really had fish before, and didn't know anything about them. Although I had previously thought about having a SW tank before.
Because I was new, initially purchased a 10-gal tank and then after much research, upgraded to a 55-gal soon thereafter.
I have plenty of plants, sand substrate and recently added six nerite zebra snails to clean up the diatoms.
All my parameters are excellent. Friends say they think they are in heaven once they see the tank.
It's definitely become a hobby and I"m enjoying it very much.
Plan on getting a bigger tank once they grow a bit. Didn't want to invest too much too early.
They are four young comets around 2" each (give or take).
Anyway, I used this app on my phone for lots of advice, and decided to post a profile. Added photos of my tank on my profile.
Plan long-term is to upgrade to a much bigger tank and/or rehome one or two to someone with a pond, unless I end up buying a home. Condo currently.
Anyway, looking forward to getting lots of advice in the near future.

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Old 01-16-2012, 03:02 PM   #2
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Welcome Jeff, thanks for joining the forum.
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Old 01-16-2012, 03:03 PM   #3
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Welcome, I am also new to this forum, I am also in Sfl. Nice tank hope to see more updates from your progress.
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Old 01-16-2012, 03:04 PM   #4
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Welcome to AA a great place!!!
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Old 01-16-2012, 03:21 PM   #5
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Welcome, I am also new to this forum, I am also in Sfl. Nice tank hope to see more updates from your progress.
Thanks man. You have FW or SW?
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Old 01-16-2012, 03:23 PM   #6
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Thanks everyone. Yeah considering I received the comets on November 12 at a fair in a bag and all still living and thriving. They are very healthy, active and growing.
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fw I'm just starting. And ill take any help I can get lol.
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Old 01-16-2012, 03:47 PM   #8
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fw I'm just starting. And ill take any help I can get lol.
Well I'm fairly new myself, but have done quite a bit of reading and research. My fish are comet golds, so pretty hardy. But I have read enough to avoid some of the common pitfalls. What fish you have?

Would definitely be willing to assist you. Feel free to ask for help when needed.

Where in south Florida?

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I'm from Miami midtown to be exact. I had, a black Molly, a balloon Molly, a glo fish, a guppie tequila sunrise guppie, a Mickey mouse platy, a rubber lip, and a bottom feeder catfish.

I woke up this morning and 5 of them died. so today I have to go back and test my water and tap to see what I'm working with and go from there.
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I live in Hollywood, FL. Have you researched the compatibilty of these fish with regard to water parameters? From my readings, it varies which like hard/soft water and/or higher or lower PH as well as temp of the water. Since you have a community tank, it's important to make sure they are all compatible with regard to the environment.

That sucks you had so many die on you. I remember almost dreading to walk into my living room some morning when my tank was cycling for the fear of seeing one of my golds floating. I wasn't expecting to become attached to them like I have.

I'm assuming you are cycling with fish? I had to do that to as I didn't have an option because of winning my golds at a fair and had to quickly purchase a tank, etc.

You definitely may want to cycle with the one remaining fish for a bit to grow the BB (beneficial bacteria) and then slowly add other fish you want.
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