hello people. i have made some time to sit down and write out some questions that have been playing on my mind for a while now.
i have upgraded my 55gal. fresh water community tank with a fluval 305. i have to say it was 250 dollars very very well spent. it seems i can leave my tank for near 3 weeks and my water parameters will only change a little bit.
problem is that by that time the filters mechanical filtration seems to be at its max and im wondering if i should be rinsing fortnightly and doing staggered 50% water changes fortnightly as well.
next question is regarding fry and my tanks population.
due to the amount of live bearers i have they all doing the breeding thing rather well. i know the rule of thumb " 1 inch of fish per gallon " but is it alright to exceed this rule, if so how much?
next up is about my failed attempts to breed bristle nose catfish. i have had one spawn from my colony since i have had them. i have 5 BN's 2 males(around 10cm in length) and 3 females (1 around 12cm in length and the other 2 about 6-7 cms) they live in the slate caves and objects i have in my community tank but im wondering if they are not breeding due to lack of space or different needs. who knows?
lastly im am moving in a few months from now and will be taking all of my 50 adult live bearing fish along with the rest of them. and im trying to work out the most stress-less way of transporting them all.
i was thinking about just buying another 55 gal
. aquarium and setting it up in my new place with my fluval 305 to keep up the beneficial bacteria and keep the parameters stable. i think this option sounds best as it will mean the fish can literaly go from one home to another in the least amount of time possible rather than messing about with 50 odd fish, filter, tank, water, objects and moving and getting it all back together again at the other end.
what do people think? plus it means that ill have a tank for fry support
thank you for you time reading this. you can refer to my profile for my tank setups/info
hope you have a great new years.