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What fish to get next? MISSING FISH RE-APPEARS!!!!
Still gotta do some stuff like get a lot more fish, plants, background, etc. I've only just gotten it back together. Contrary to what it says on the tank, no piranhas this time. Doing some tetra schools.
yeah, african lake cichlids are awesome. I would have gotten them but they eat most plants and I did a planted aquarium.
@AJ06GT Are those the cheap Hang on the back filters you get at wal-mart? if so they do very little, the filter pads only get water through the very top of them, they don't properly filter.
this is what you want:
It pumps water in at the bottom, and forces it up through your filter media. They work 100x better.
And this is what I'm using:
works really well, but it's much harder to clean than the HOB filters.
They are Emperor 400s, I don't know if they have them at walmart or not but they work fairly well for what I need them for. I don't use their filter media, I run my own, and they have 2 biowheels each for wet/dry bio filtering. The ACs are nice though. I may put one of those on my secondary tank whenever I get it set up. If you notice the green tubing though, that's going to my Eheim 2128 canister underneath.
yeah eheim 2128 should be all you need.. what is the purpose of the powerhead? If you were doing a reef aquarium I could see the need for the water movement, but most fish do fine with little water movement... I'm not a big fan/believer of the bio wheels.
How big is the tank? looks like a 80-100gal tall. or is my perspective way off and its a 55 gal?
I have a 75 gallon, same height/length as a 55 gal, just wider... better for reefs which is what I originally bought it for.
here is an old pic:
I have bala sharks now.. and no more neons... This was 4 years ago, the clown loaches are huge now. I've never known anyone who has kept a neon tetra for more than 3 years... which is the longest I've ever had one. around 2-3 years seems to be the max despite some claims. Nothing wrong with water quality or stress or disease, they just seem to have short life spans.
If you are looking for fish for long term Clown loaches are pretty and live a long time, 15+ years. Someday I'd like to do discuss...
It's actually a 125 gallon. The Eheim itself wouldn't provide enough turnover in the tank for that much capacity. I mainly use the HOBs as bio filtration and surface agitation and leave the Eheim as mostly mechanical. With the two Emps I have 4 decent sized biowheels and I think they lend themselves well to being a piece of the puzzle. Obviously I wouldn't use them as my only biofiltration, but in addition to some ceramic rings in the Emps and one of the baskets in the Eheim, I feel my bio-filtration is very strong. I haven't measured even the slightest bit of ammonia or nitrite since the cycle completed. We'll see how it keeps up as I increase the bio load though. I plan on fairly heavily stocking the tank as long as the filtration can keep up (and I stay committed enough to do the necessary water changes to keep the nitrate down).
The power head is helpful for keeping extra movement in the water to keep the sand clean for one. That and the black neon's in particular like to swim in the current. Tetras aren't known for loving too high of a current, but with the size of the tank the power head on one end and the Eheim spray bar on the other give enough to keep the doo-doo from piling up in the sand, but still leave enough calm areas for them to be fine. The power head is on the timer with my lights too, so at night the currents are down for sleeping.
Right now I'm in an apartment, so I'm not doing too permanent of a set up to want super long lasting fish. That and I wanted to build schools this time rather than a handful of larger fish. I've got a ways to go before I get some good schools going, but I bought out all the cardinals for now. My pleco is my only long term resident at the moment. A discus tank would be pretty cool. I've considered doing one myself some day.
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