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Old 06-03-2013, 11:22 PM   #41
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I know everybody does!! It's at Petco. The other side is rocks & wood, called mystic. I forget what the ocean side is called. I have it on the mystic side now
I might have to check that out!!!
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I was going to go with a plain blue background but I like that one!!! It might be the final choice!
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I know everybody does!! It's at Petco. The other side is rocks & wood, called mystic. I forget what the ocean side is called. I have it on the mystic side now
Lol. Not surprised that everyone seems to like that background. A nice and calming blue.
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Old 06-03-2013, 11:24 PM   #44
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That's a pretty nice stock!!! I love long finned anything!! They are so hard to find though. Where'd you get your gold tetras???
I have a Petsmart that is really good, all of my LFS are saltwater down here in South Florida and I while I don't mind the idea of buying fish online, 35 dollars to ship fish just isn't happening.

The Petsmart has clean tanks and a lot of cool different fish. They even special order fish, I have a large Petco that will do the same thing.

At the Petsmart I only buy during the week because there is a young girl that works there that loves taking care of the tanks and she works a lot during the week, you can tell she take a lot of pride in it.

Plus they have such a big section they actually have a supervisor over the section.

I have talked to the girl at petsmart what i learn here about fishless cycles, how to properly test the water (how you have to shake the heck out of the Nitrate #2 bottle to get a proper read), QT's, and acclimating the fish. Its cool because they have all picked up on it and I heard one of the guys said he was reading AA to help people that come in with problems.

So that is where I buy my fish.
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I was going to go with a plain blue background but I like that one!!! It might be the final choice!
This will definitely look a lot better than plain blue.
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Old 06-03-2013, 11:27 PM   #46
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This will definitely look a lot better than plain blue.
As a matter of fact I just ordered it on eBay for $8!!! It's sized to fit a 29 gallon exactly!!! THANKS FOR THE PIC! Without it I would've never known lol.
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Old 06-03-2013, 11:28 PM   #47
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For once, I actually like a background. Lol. It looks pretty natural and nothing out of the ordinary.
Thanks, that means a lot!! I feel intimidated a lot on here. But I think I have good fish tank "taste." Ha! I work so hard then get poo'ed on by pros who don't think my tank is "perfect" as it could be. We're not all perfectionists & have other things going on in our lives besides our fish tanks! I'm just starting SW & feel like a like a VERY little fish in a big pond!!

I checked out this thread b/c I'm always thinking about adjusting my stock as things change--gotta plan ahead! I had started out wanting all fish that would MAYBE get along w/ my Crowntail Betta as the ornamental fish in the tank. He passed away shortly after i got the tank, never got to get him in there. (

So that's why I have all such passive nano fish
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on my 55 gallon I have an underwater blue and sand background, it was a peel and stick one. It goes with my theme of fake corals and sand substrate. On my 29 gallon I painted the back black and there is one big Coral piece in the middle.
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This is a recent'ish pic

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Thanks, that means a lot!! I feel intimidated a lot on here. But I think I have good fish tank "taste." Ha! I work so hard then get poo'ed on by pros who don't think my tank is "perfect" as it could be. We're not all perfectionists & have other things going on in our lives besides our fish tanks! I'm just starting SW & feel like a like a VERY little fish in a big pond!!

I checked out this thread b/c I'm always thinking about adjusting my stock as things change--gotta plan ahead! I had started out wanting all fish that would MAYBE get along w/ my Crowntail Betta as the ornamental fish in the tank. He passed away shortly after i got the tank, never got to get him in there. (

So that's why I have all such passive nano fish
Oh. Sorry to hear the beta died without even seeing his "master house". What fish did you end up putting in the tank?
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Thanks, that means a lot!! I feel intimidated a lot on here. But I think I have good fish tank "taste." Ha! I work so hard then get poo'ed on by pros who don't think my tank is "perfect" as it could be. We're not all perfectionists & have other things going on in our lives besides our fish tanks! I'm just starting SW & feel like a like a VERY little fish in a big pond!!

I checked out this thread b/c I'm always thinking about adjusting my stock as things change--gotta plan ahead! I had started out wanting all fish that would MAYBE get along w/ my Crowntail Betta as the ornamental fish in the tank. He passed away shortly after i got the tank, never got to get him in there. (

So that's why I have all such passive nano fish
I know what you mean!! I feel the same way on here lol!
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on my 55 gallon I have an underwater blue and sand background, it was a peel and stick one. It goes with my theme of fake corals and sand substrate. On my 29 gallon I painted the back black and there is one big Coral piece in the middle.
I painted my 30 gallon black too.
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Flvol77... where in SFL approx? Me too. I feel like SFL is TEAMING w/ aquarium stores!! I have the most fantastic one so close to my house, I am blessed. I also have a WONDERFUL
Petco lady whose extremely knowledgeable AND a Pet Supermarket guy who definitely knows his stuff. The mom & pop place is out of this world. I had to replace a pump on my SW, they even put it together w/ the perfect tubing cut to length, no charge--that kinda thing, they just want you to have a great experience.

As for backgrounds... I swear by spraying w/ cooking spray & smoothing it w/ a credit card or something. It's so worth the effort!
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Flvol77... where in SFL approx? Me too. I feel like SFL is TEAMING w/ aquarium stores!! I have the most fantastic one so close to my house, I am blessed. I also have a WONDERFUL
Petco lady whose extremely knowledgeable AND a Pet Supermarket guy who definitely knows his stuff. The mom & pop place is out of this world. I had to replace a pump on my SW, they even put it together w/ the perfect tubing cut to length, no charge--that kinda thing, they just want you to have a great experience.

As for backgrounds... I swear by spraying w/ cooking spray & smoothing it w/ a credit card or something. It's so worth the effort!
I have tried smoothing backgrounds but they always end up with at least a few air bubbles. Lol. Backgrounds don't seem to like me much.
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Oh. Sorry to hear the beta died without even seeing his "master house". What fish did you end up putting in the tank?
That's it... just my 10 neons, 3 Corys & 2 Otos and plants. I think I'm fully stocked ?? I thought about a pair of Dwarf Gouramis so they don't pick on the other fish. But now my focus is on my new SW 75 gal. I bought it used w/ stock so I'm just fretting over that for the moment--my summer project!
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I have tried smoothing backgrounds but they always end up with at least a few air bubbles. Lol. Backgrounds don't seem to like me much.
They have to be so clean & the tank too AND no old wrinkles although you can work those out too, you may have to come back a few days or week later... boo...
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Flvol77... where in SFL approx? Me too. I feel like SFL is TEAMING w/ aquarium stores!! I have the most fantastic one so close to my house, I am blessed. I also have a WONDERFUL
Petco lady whose extremely knowledgeable AND a Pet Supermarket guy who definitely knows his stuff. The mom & pop place is out of this world. I had to replace a pump on my SW, they even put it together w/ the perfect tubing cut to length, no charge--that kinda thing, they just want you to have a great experience.

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Dang!!! I wish!!! My stores suck!!!
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That's it... just my 10 neons, 3 Corys & 2 Otos and plants. I think I'm fully stocked ?? I thought about a pair of Dwarf Gouramis so they don't pick on the other fish. But now my focus is on my new SW 75 gal. I bought it used w/ stock so I'm just fretting over that for the moment--my summer project!
Did the 75 come with all the parts to set it up? What parts are missing?
That is really cool you got a 75 gal. I have always wanted a 75.
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Did the 75 come with all the parts to set it up? What parts are missing?
That is really cool you got a 75 gal. I have always wanted a 75.
Yup! With stock & all. Protein skimmer, power heads, sump, stand, live rock & sand--a 3 stripe damsel, scarlet skunk cleaner shrimp, sea cucumber, several hermit crabs & snails! All's I had to do was buy some bins for water & live rock, they gave me their water jugs... probably moved 80%+ of the water. The pump quit when I set it back up, all's I had to buy was a pump. I paid the people $100 for the WHOLE set up. Couldn't get thriftier than that!!!

I think the pump just got jarred too much in the move & was probably about to go anyway. I got shocked just touching the sump when I didn't hear the pump run. ACK!! Lesson learned there!
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There's a "Tanked" tank (from the show) in SFL at Dunkin Donuts. I think I need to make a pilgrimage this summer!! Ha ha... I gotta tell ya, I have no IRL fish friends besides the LFS people I've bonded with. This forum is it!! This chat tonight was great. I look forward to seeing more from y'all. I'll post pics of the Tanked tank when I make it there
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