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PostPosted: Wed Mar 04, 2015 7:55 pm Post subject: FTS - stocking options? Reply with quote

 My  cichlid  tank  has  somehow  become  a  planted  tank  after  a  cichlid  disaster.  Right  now  I  have  only  a  few  CRS  in  this  4  footer.  
 
 1)  Any  suggestions  on  what  fish  I  can  stock?
 2)  I  would  be  moving  my  CRS  (if  i  find  them)  to  the  nano  tank
 3)  snail  infestation-  what  fish  that  are  hardy  and  get  rid  of  them?  i  am  looking  at  low  maintenance
 4)  would  gold  fish  do  well  here  in  this  environment?
 5)  currently  this  is  almost  no  maintenance  with  fortnightly  25  %  water  change.  I  have  no  idea  on  ph  and  other  water  parameters  as  i  do  not  have  the  right  equipment.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 05, 2015 9:52 am Post subject: Re: FTS - stocking options? Reply with quote

 Golds  will  destroy  the  plants,  so  your  option  is  to  remove  the  plants  if  going  for  Golds..
 Angles  will  be  nice  in  that  setup..
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 05, 2015 10:53 pm Post subject: Re: FTS - stocking options? Reply with quote

 I  would  suggest  dwarf  snake  heads
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 05, 2015 11:02 pm Post subject: Re: FTS - stocking options? Reply with quote

 too  crowded  with  green,  
 
 put  cardinals  and  rummy  nose,  
 
 your  soil  will  release  all  the  debris  on  the  floor  of  the  glass  in  future.  Thumb Up
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 05, 2015 11:21 pm Post subject: Re: FTS - stocking options? Reply with quote

 nope  to  goldfish  if  you  want  to  keep  plants.
 
 Can  try  the  senegal  bicher  and  black  ghost  combination.  They  will  learn  to  eat  from  your  hand  if  you  train  them  early  on.
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too  crowded  with  green,  
 
 your  soil  will  release  all  the  debris  on  the  floor  of  the  glass  in  future.  Thumb Up                

 
 what  debris  are  you  referring  to?   Surprised  
 
 I  left  that  space  empty  to  allow  easier  filtration  i.e.  flow  will  be  towards  the  bigger  filter  considering  slope  of  the  soil..  its  been  that  way  for  few  months.  Basically  all  the  fish  waste  etc  lands  there  and  easier  for  me  to  suction.  Any  algae  build  up  is  easy  to  clean  in  that  area.  Also  DIY  snail  catchers  sit  there  on  some  days  though  the  snails  are  breeding  faster  than  i  catch  them.  waiting  to  move  my  remaining  CRS  before  i  take  some  drastic  anti  snail  action  Punch
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 06, 2015 9:40 pm Post subject: Re: FTS - stocking options? Reply with quote

 I  am  looking  at  having  8  gold  and  1  black  according  to  some  vaastu/feng  shui  experts.  Any  suggestions  what  fish  woudl  fall  in  this  category  other  than  gold  fish.I  am  not  a  fan  of  gold  fish
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 06, 2015 9:49 pm Post subject: Re: FTS - stocking options? Reply with quote

 Arowanas
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 07, 2015 12:00 am Post subject: Re: FTS - stocking options? Reply with quote

 For  8  gold  and  one  black,  guppeis  maybe  or  platys  and  mollies,  even  female  bettas  are  an  option.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 07, 2015 7:53 am Post subject: Re: FTS - stocking options? Reply with quote

 @preeth..  Not  keen  on  arowana  or  flowerhorn  either.
 @  immu  good  idea  but  it's  a  4  foot  tank  so  I  should  probably  consider  bigger  fish.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 07, 2015 12:58 pm Post subject: Re: FTS - stocking options? Reply with quote

                                                   
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@preeth..  Not  keen  on  arowana  or  flowerhorn  either.
 @  immu  good  idea  but  it's  a  4  foot  tank  so  I  should  probably  consider  bigger  fish.                

 
 If  he  wants  to  go  with  feng  shui,  then  Goldfish  or  Koi  are  the  only  option,  but  a  4  foot  tank  will  get  overstocked  with  9  Goldfish   or  Koi.  OP  should  remember  that  gold  fish  create  copious  amounts  of  waste,  and  also  grow  to  be  quite  large.  Remember  to  stock  your  tank  with  the  inch  to  gallon  rule,  while  considering  the  length  of  fully  grown  fish  only.
 
 You  cannot  have  multiple  arowanas,  or  flowerhorns  in  a  tank.
 
 
 Feng  Shui  dictates  Goldfish  or  Koi  only.  Since  these  are  from  the  carp  family,  you  can  use  Danios  as  well,  but  it  would  be  better  to  consult  a  FS  expert.  Also,  remember  that  FS  also  dictates  that  the  fish  be  kept  in  a  pond  ONLY.  It  has  been  adapted  to  apply  to  fish  tanks,  but  was  not,  in  the  original  FS.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 07, 2015 3:22 pm Post subject: Re: FTS - stocking options? Reply with quote

 I  have  a  different  opinion  about  the  inch/gallon  rule.  
 The  below  link  somewhat  defines  what  I  feel  about  it.
 http://freshwaternaturalist.com/extras/myth-busters/
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 what  debris  are  you  referring  to?   Surprised  
 
 I  left  that  space  empty  to  allow  easier  filtration  i.e.  flow  will  be  towards  the  bigger  filter  considering  slope  of  the  soil..  its  been  that  way  for  few  months.  Basically  all  the  fish  waste  etc  lands  there  and  easier  for  me  to  suction.  Any  algae  build  up  is  easy  to  clean  in  that  area.  Also  DIY  snail  catchers  sit  there  on  some  days  though  the  snails  are  breeding  faster  than  i  catch  them.  waiting  to  move  my  remaining  CRS  before  i  take  some  drastic  anti  snail  action  Punch                

 
 correct!  all  the  waste  will  get  accumulated  in  the  empty  space
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 The  ratio  of  fish  is  calculated  like  this:-  Cheering   I  was  given  this  calculation  by  a  Dr.  Fish   Clapping  
 
 Surface  area  divided  by  size  of  fish  tank  size  =  24  x  12  x  12
 
 
                                                                      3x²  +  6x  +  3
                                                                  --------------------------
                                                                                    2
 
                                                          x  stands  for  fish  size-
 
                                                   24"   X  12"  =  288  surface  area
 
 
                                                               3(2)²  x   6(2)  +  3                 27
                                                          ----------------------   =      ----------
                                                                            2                                      2
 
 288   ÷      27                           288  x  2  =  576  =20  to  21  fishes
                   ------                                       ---     -----            
                        2                                          27     27
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I  have  a  different  opinion  about  the  inch/gallon  rule.  
 The  below  link  somewhat  defines  what  I  feel  about  it.
 http://freshwaternaturalist.com/extras/myth-busters/                

 
 Even  if  you  have  umpteen  different  interpretations,  having  9  goldfish  in  a  4  footer,  will  be  worse  than  cruel  as  they  grow.
 
 Inch  to  gallon  rule  is  messed  up  when  you  look  at  which  species  of  fish  you  keep.  However,  it  can  still  be  used  as  a  basis  for  at  least  establishing  a  base  line  regarding  how  many  fish  this  particular  tank  can  comfortably  support.
 
 In  all  this,  we  are  not  even  considering  whatever  filtration  he  has.
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