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Thread: I'm setting up a larger aquarium.. whew!

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    I currently have a 29 gallon tank. My neighbour's son bought a 55 gallon tank kit and stand which he hasn't unboxed. He moved away to attend University and asked if I wanted to buy it. He gave me a great deal on it. So for the past month I've had the tank running. It's cycling now with no fish. I bought 35 pounds of black aquarium sand which took several days to clean. Whew! The water was tested recently and everything looks great . I plan on slowly adding some of my fish to the new tank. My other neighbour wants the 29 gallon so in 3-4 weeks he will have it.

    I can hardly wait to add more fish. I boiled one piece of store bought driftwood. And I discovered live plants at Petsmart are much cheaper compared to another big box pet retailer.
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    as a former " owner " of I am certain was a 100 gallon tank ( it was just so bloody much work) but it was DH's pride and joy so much so that he built the whole enclosure for it too. Certain kind of wood, special reinforced everything as water weighs sooo much. We did get years and years of enjoyment from it and the many kinds of fish, but eventually when the maintenance was slacking and there was often more algae than fish, it was transformed to a terrarium as my boys became lovers of the newts, lizards, snakes and frog types.

    You sound like you have prepared that tank just right, should have no issues with " ick " ( we learned the hard way ) or whatever that disease was where they get stuff on them and die. Have fun!! Maybe post a picture!
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    It's such an obsessive and expensive hobby - I've been keeping fish for almost 15 years now. I have toned it down A LOT as I used to have 4 large tanks (50g+) and 2 'hospital' tanks that were there for medicating or acclimating new fish that went into observation for 2 weeks before being added to any community.
    I now just have a cycled hospital tank (empty) and my 75 gallon with 3 fancy goldfish who are two handers in size (oink!) and 2 bristlenosed plecos.

    My tank is bare bottomed as substrate & gold fish have never worked well for me since they like to forage, but I have a few very large rocks and 3 large pieces of driftwood.

    Last year I did a major upgrade to the filtration system & bought an Eheim Professional 3e 2078 from J&L Aquatics - it was worth the high price and I would highly recommend Eheim products.
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    I'm in the process of setting up a 4 ft tamk...I've currently got a triangular 15x15 tank and a 3 ft tank. I also have a 5 ft marine and a 6 ft tank to start up...not looking forward to that. Never tried marine fish before.

    I used to have around 20 tanks back in the UK....I collected puffer fish and catfish backthen. I'm hoping to buy some figure 8 puffers this week-end.
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    Wow Darth you and Kraze are real experts in this field then. DH always wanted salt water tank too because he had one when he was single and had $$ to burn, but we just could not.
    The kinds of fish we had were red tail sharks, neon tetras ( my fav! ) plenty of plecostomus at different times, angel fish, cichlids, um what else?? Oh I think we had kissing gouramies, tiger barbs, ugh! I wish DH was up, I can hardly remember all the ones we had at different times.
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    Of all the fish I have ever owned, I think Clown Loaches will always be my favourite. They are such funny characters and certainly live up to their name of 'clowns'. It's how they sleep that's the most entertaining!

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    Thanks everyone! It sounds like I'm not the only one who likes aquariums . The first time I saw clownfish in a pet store sleep I thought something was wrong with them lol. I heard that get quite large?

    The PH level of my tank is a little too high. I'm in the process of trying to lower it. Hopefully this week I will see a change and they can be in their new home.

    I promise to take photos

    I would love to see photos of everyone else's set up.
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    I didn't get the figure 8 puffers I was after as they had ick..but I ended up with a redtail, red eyed puffer instead and a brackish tank had to be created for it quickly.

    My 4 ft is now cycling. I'm going to do a water change on the 3 ft and use the old water to help boost the cycling.
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    Quote Originally Posted by toban View Post
    Thanks everyone! It sounds like I'm not the only one who likes aquariums . The first time I saw clownfish in a pet store sleep I thought something was wrong with them lol. I heard that get quite large?

    The PH level of my tank is a little too high. I'm in the process of trying to lower it. Hopefully this week I will see a change and they can be in their new home.

    I promise to take photos

    I would love to see photos of everyone else's set up.
    What's your KH like? I know that when I had hard water, the KH was high and the PH would always border on a spike - I had to keep PH Down around. I now have a bit of the opposite issue with the KH being low in the city which means the PH heads into a crash on water changes, so I keep baking soda by the tank.

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    Just uploaded some from my computer - I need to do some updating & catch everyone (Bart hates the camera & won't stay still!)

    This is a picture of my tank (75g) - I need to update this one for sure


    This is Spot:


    This is Lisa:


    Now - just to get a basic idea of how big they are, here is one of me holding Lisa in one hand - the picture was taken October 2011 so she is a bit bigger now:


    This is Pleco number 1 named AL:


    And Pleco number 2 named G (Yes, as a pair their names are AL-G (Algae)) lol:
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    You have a beautiful tank. The goldfish are gorgeous.

    Quote Originally Posted by KrazE View Post
    Just uploaded some from my computer - I need to do some updating & catch everyone (Bart hates the camera & won't stay still!)

    This is a picture of my tank (75g) - I need to update this one for sure


    This is Spot:


    This is Lisa:


    Now - just to get a basic idea of how big they are, here is one of me holding Lisa in one hand - the picture was taken October 2011 so she is a bit bigger now:


    This is Pleco number 1 named AL:


    And Pleco number 2 named G (Yes, as a pair their names are AL-G (Algae)) lol:

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    ^^^ ditto!

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    Just bought one of these.....
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    Darth Penquin... That is a neat and beautiful looking puffer fish Some live in brackish water?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Samuel888 View Post
    Hi As i alsp need a new custom tank, anyone got any recommendations on a particular manufacturer?
    Be sure to check out this aquarium manufacturer Titan Aquatic Exhibits . They produce aquariums of special sizes and special shapes, such as round, ball, columns and cylindrical aquariums. They can be equipped with the latest technology and decoration and an oasis for the living beings in it.
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