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PostPosted: Thu Apr 22, 2010 2:14 pm Post subject: Equipment for New Aquarium Reply with quote

 Hi,
 
 I  have  3  new  aquariums  ready,  One  of  6'  *  2'  *  2'  and  two  of  3'  *  2'  *  2'
 
 I  am  plannig  the  6'  one  as  community  aquarium,  one  3'  for  discus  and  another  one  as  marine  aquarium.  (Marine  I  will  do  in  2-3  months)
 
 Can  you  suggest,  what  all  equipment  needs  to  go  into  that  aquarium.
 
 The  earlier  aquarium  which  I  had  was  3'  which  has  a  small  filter  and  a  air  pump.
 
 Does  the  6'  need  an  external  filter?  And  what  else  does  it  need?
 
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 22, 2010 2:21 pm Post subject: Re: Equipment for New Aquarium Reply with quote

 On  the  same  note,  wanted  to  check  which  fishes  should  I  go  for  the  community  tank?
 
 Currently  I  am  planning  to  move  my  existing  fish  into  this  one.
 
 1.  Silver  Sharks  -  2
 2.  Tiger  Sharks  -  2
 3.  Dollar  Fish  -  2
 4.  Angels  -  2  (I  may  move  into  Discus  tank)
 5.  Guppies  -  3  (  May  keep  them  seperately)
 6.  Black  Mollies  -  2  (  May  keep  them  seperately)
 
 
 My  plan  is  to  add
 
 Rainbow  Shark  -  1
 Albino  Shark  -  1
 Sea  Angels  (Mono)
 Chiclids  -  5-6
 
 Without  getting  rid  of  the  existing  fish,  I  want  to  make  the  aquarium  more  colorful.  Right  now  it  is  all  Silver  and  Black.
 
 Any  suggestions  are  welcome  Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 22, 2010 6:53 pm Post subject: Re: Equipment for New Aquarium Reply with quote

 For  the  marine,  you  will  need  filters  and  powerheads  whose  total  flow  rate  is  10-20X  the  tank  volume.  If  you  are  getting  coral  then  you  will  need  10000K  colour  temp  metal  halides  at  about  3-5  watts  per  gallon  +  Actinic  tubelights.  If  you  are  going  for  fish  only  with  live  rock  then  you  can  make  do  with  T5  HO  tubes  (10000K  +  actinic)  in  same  WPG.  You  will  also  need  a  protein  skimmer,  dont  know  what  to  recommend  for  that.  You  will  also  need  some  coral  sand  +  live  rock  (around  1  kilo  per  3  gallons).  
 
 Marine  experts  will  correct/add  advice
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 23, 2010 10:40 am Post subject: Re: Equipment for New Aquarium Reply with quote

 Some  links/references  you  might  want  to  check  out:
 
 
 1.  Freshwater  Fish  Compatibility  Chart:  http://www.ratemyfishtank.com/freshwater_compatibility_chart.php
 
 2.  Tank  Stocking  Calculator:  http://www.aqadvisor.com/
 
 3.  Info  about  "Tiger  Sharks"  in  aquariums:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iridescent_shark#In_the_aquarium
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 23, 2010 12:14 pm Post subject: Re: Equipment for New Aquarium Reply with quote

 Mortis,
 
 Thanks  for  the  info.  Marine  will  be  the  last  aquarium  I  am  going  to  finish  and  Coral  is  atleast  a  year  away.  Any  idea  where  will  I  get  Live  Rock  and  typically  how  much  will  it  cost.  In  Hyderabad,  I  had  only  seen  2  LFS  with  Marine  Aquarium   Sad   
 
 
 Sidrock,
 
 Thanks  for  the  excellent  links.  I  didnt  know  Tiger  Sharks  can  be  eaten   Surprised  .  I  guess  I  will  need  to  give  this  back  sometime  down  the  line.  I  dont  have  a  great  idea  about  the  cichlids  but  when  I  get  to  the  shops  those  attract  me.  Can  you  suggest  some  less  aggressive  colorful  cichlids?
 
 Thanks  very  much
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 24, 2010 1:11 am Post subject: Re: Equipment for New Aquarium Reply with quote

                                                   
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I  dont  have  a  great  idea  about  the  cichlids  but  when  I  get  to  the  shops  those  attract  me.  Can  you  suggest  some  less  aggressive  colorful  cichlids?  -Jay                

 
 Hi  Jay,
 
 I  am  sure  following  links  will  answer  most  (if  not  all  of  your  questions).
 
 Article  about  care  (diet  etc),  aggressiveness  and  hence  compatibility  of  Malawi  Cichlids:  http://www.cichlid-forum.com/articles/haps_vs_mbuna.php
 
 Website  of  Dr.  Michael  K.  Oliver,  one  of  the  greatest  living  experts  on  African  Cichlids:  http://malawicichlids.com/
 
 Handy  reference  for  profiles  for  various  fish:  http://www.aquariumlife.net/fishprof.asp
 
 
 Of  the  various  (relatively)  non-aggressive  cichlids  mentioned  in  the  above  links,  the  ones  (relatively)  easily  available  in  India  are:
 1.  Giraffe  cichlid
 2.  Kadango
 3.  Blue  Dolphin
 4.  Yellow  Labs
 
 Obviously,  this  is  not  a  comprehensive  list.  I  hope  others  on  IAH  will  add  to  this  list.
 
 Other  commonly  available  but  very  very  aggressive  ones  are:
 1.  Kenyi  (M.  Lombardoi)
 2.  Auratus
 
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 PS:  I  have  Kenyi  and  Auratus  and  I  have  realized  I  really  like  Giraffe  and  Kadando.  So,  as  you  can  see,  I  didn't  get  the  combination  right  in  the  first  attempt.  I  will  have  to  give  the  Auratus  away  or  move  them  to  a  my  spare  15  gallon  tank.
 
 PPS:  As  you  have  expressed  interest  in  "colorful"  cichlids,  I  have  assumed  you  will  obviously  prefer  African  Cichlids.  There  is  a  whole  different  family  of  Cichlids  from  Central  and  South  America  which  are  also  pretty  common.  (Most  common  ones:  Green  Terror,  Red  Devil,  Severums,  Jewel  Cichlid  etc.)
 
 As  you  can  see  the  above  comment  is  very  rich  in  "keywords".  You  can  search  for  these  keywords  (images,  articles)  on  your  favorite  search  engine  and  find  all  the  relevant  information.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 26, 2010 2:57 pm Post subject: Re: Equipment for New Aquarium Reply with quote

 Hi  Sid,
 
 Am  grateful  to  you  for  taking  time  and  providing  excellent  inputs.  I  have  seen  red  kodango  yesterday  in  LFS,  will  also  see  the  others  before  buying  most  probably  over  the  coming  weekend.
 
 Yesterday,  I  got  two  smaller  tanks  operational.  Moved  two  guppies  into  one  tank  and  the  pair  of  tiger  sharks  into  the  other  one.  They  seem  to  have  really  liked  the  upgrade  and  were  happy.  Will  let  couple  of  days  to  pass  before  moving  the  others  also  into  these  tanks.
 
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 One  (or  make  it  two)  very  basic  question(s),  for  which  I  didnt  really  find  any  good  answer  on  the  net.  
 
 How  often  should  I  switch  on  the  Filter?  Currently  I  am  switching  it  on  twice  in  a  week  for  1  hour  each.  Is  that  sufficient?
 
 How  long  should  I  have  the  air  pump  on?  Typically  I  am  switching  it  off  when  I  go  to  sleep  and  switch  it  on  during  the  night.  Is  that  ok?
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 27, 2010 4:14 pm Post subject: Re: Equipment for New Aquarium Reply with quote

 Hi  djay,
 
 Your  filter  &  air  pump  should  be  on  24/7.
 
 
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 Pardon  my  ignorance,  wouldnt  that  be  too  much  turbulence  in  the  tank?  Dont  the  fishes  need  some  quiet  time?
 
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 They  get  used  to  it  and  some  fish  like  it.  If  you  turn  off  the  filter  all  the  good  bacteria  you  have  worked  hard  to  culture  will  die  within  1.5  -2  hrs  so  keep  the  filter  on  24/7.
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 Now,  I  have  my  aquarium  fully  loaded,  it  is  on  24*7.
 
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 Folks,  Two  of  my  tanks  (5'  x  2'  x  2')  are  now  fully  loaded  and  here  are  the  fishes.
 
 
 Tank  1  (  All  Juveniles)
 
 
 Yellows  Morphs  -  2
 Blue  Morphs  -  2
 White  Morphs  -  2
 Orange  Morphs  -  2
 Red  Tail  Sharks  -  2
 
 Sid,  Are  Blue  Morphs,  Blue  Dolphins  which  you  spoke  about.  The  LFS  Guy  told  me  they  have  dolphin  mouth  when  they  grow  up.  Am  planning  to  add  another  pair  of  Blue  Morphs,  White  Morphs  and  White  Morphs.  What  do  you  think
 
 
 Tank  2  (In  the  order  of  size)
 
 Silver  Sharks  (5")  -  2
 Tiger  Sharks  (4")  -  2
 Silver  Dollars  (  2  big  and  2  juveniles)  -  4
 Angels  (  Pairs  of  Pearl  color,  Golden  Fin,  Black  &  White)  -  6
 Corys  (Juveniles)  -  Leopard  Skin  and  Kinda  Snake  skin  -  4
 Sword  Tail  -  1  (  Will  be  moved  out)
 Guppies  -  3  (Will  be  moved  out)
 Molly  -  1  (Will  be  moved  out)
 
 And  finally  Marine  Tank  will  start  sometime  by  the  end  of  this  month.
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 One  Red  Tail  Shark  and  an  Angel  kicked  the  bucket  yesterday  night   Sad  
 
 This  Red  Tail  was  harassed  by  the  other  Red  Tail  and  hence  I  had  shifted  to  the  tank  with  other  sharks.  It  was  quiet  there  for  a  day  or  two  and  I  noticed  white  spots  on  its  fin  and  tail.  I  wasnt  sure  if  it  was  ich  and  hence  I  shifted  it  to  a  bowl.  It  was  ok  in  the  bowl  for  2-3  days  and  white  spots  were  also  reducing.  However,  I  noticed  it  gasping  for  air  yesterday  afternoon  and  when  by  night  it  was  floating.
 
 Today  Morning  when  I  went  feeding  the  tank,  I  noticed  one  Angel  is  also  gone.  Cleared  it  up  and  changed  nearly  80%  water.
 
 Not  too  sure  if  it  is  the  heat  or  someother  thing  which  got  the  fishes.  Temperature  was  highest  yesterday  though.
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 Red  Tailed  Sharks  are  usually  very  very  aggressive  to  others  which  seem  to  be  of  the  same  species.  (This  obviously  includes  other  Red-tailed  sharks,  but  also  includes  Rainbow  sharks  (which  have  red  tail  and  fins  instead  of  just  the  red  tail).
 
 I  would  have  thought  a  5  footer  was  big  enough  to  give  both  of  them  enough  territory  of  their  own.  I  guess  I  would  have  been  wrong.  :(
 
 Also,  Red-tailed  sharks  are  very  sensitive  to  medication,  even  salt.  So  these  should  be  generally  avoided  or  used  very  sparingly.
 
 Heat  could  be  the  cause  of  death  for  the  Angel.  While  things  here  in  Bombay  probably  aren't  as  bad  as  elsewhere  in  the  country,  I  have  resorted  to  leaving  the  fan  ON  in  the  fish-room  24x7  and  set  the  air-pump  at  its  highest  setting.
 
 Good  luck,
 Sid
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