3ft Community tank - Semi Planted

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  1. Ortaega

    Ortaega Active Member

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    Good Day all,

    Got a 3ft tank over the weekend from family which couldn't continue with the hobby anymore and decided to make it in a community Tank.
    Already have a hob, seems like it is a bit to small, but for in the meantime I will add my one spare, have a heater gravel some ornaments, etc.

    Thinking of getting a few plants, preferably low tech, else some plastic ones.
    The fish I have in mind is:
    • Some Cory Cats {not sure how many should be added}
    • Some Guppies {+/- 4 at first}
    • Some neons {+/- 5}
    • German blue rams {1 or 2(if could get my hand on some)}
    • Angelfish {1 or 2(should I not be able to get some German blue rams)}
    • Red Cherry Shrimp {Not sure if this setup will be suitable for them}

    Any questions/concerns/Advice will be appreciated.
     
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    Hey @Ortaega, I'd recommend low tech plants, they're really easy to keep, and quite frankly they're cheaper than plastic plants and I think they look better.

    For cory's, they're social fish, should be kept in a group, I guess try to get 5 or 6 of the same species.
    For angelfish, I've heard that keeping 2 can lead to agression issues, so maybe just 1.
    I would assume that RCS would be eaten easily by angelfish, but if you have hiding places, get juvenile angels and give the shrimp some time to multiply, the population could survive.

    Sounds like a cool project man, hope it works out, and pics as always please!
     
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    I would drop these all from your list: It is a 3ft with low filtration and unknown water parameters.
    • German blue rams {1 or 2(if could get my hand on some)}
    • Angelfish {1 or 2(should I not be able to get some German blue rams)}

    Start with


    • Some Cory Cats {not sure how many should be added}
    • Some Guppies {+/- 4 at first}

    Get the tank stable then see how things go.


    Later Ferdie
     
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    Ortaega

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    Thanks @RoGe, not rushing this one might start at end of this month or October, want to try something calm and new for display.

    Thanks @f-fish, Will do. Will start of with the Cory`s and some guppies and not rush this as well as some low tech plants.
     
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    Ortaega

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    Sadly, the 2 cory`s I received from my LFS passed away {Not sure what the exact reason was for their deaths, maybe stress?}. 1 the same afternoon and the 2nd one a day later. The Bristle-nose Pleco + 5 Guppies are all doing very well at the moment.

    Not 100% sure which Guppies these are the 2 males that I have both have an Electric Red coloring to them which I quite like allot. Will take some more pics soon if they allow me too and takes some pics of the females as well.

    @DoubleDutch,

    I was wondering if you could give me some tips with regards to cory cats. Getting some driftwood on my way home this afternoon from another LFS {not the same one which my corys died from} and might get 3 -5 corys as well this afternoon.
     
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    DoubleDutch Corydorasfan(atic)

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    As I get it right the tank / filter isn't cycled ????
    Personally I am not so "happy" with the substrate for Corys btw.
     
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    Hi,

    Yes the tank is cycled and all the others in my tank is doing well, just the Corys for some reason weren't.

    I will then rather pause in getting corys again at this stage as unfortunately I have not other substrate except for that Inside the tank I got with. Substrate in our area from LFS is extremely expensive and I am a bit scared to use playsand/Building sand. Will pool filter sand be right or should I rather not go that route?

    I currently use some pfs but its in my Mbuna tank.
     
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    DoubleDutch Corydorasfan(atic)

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    Okay got that wrong then.
    Corys are the first to encounter levels of ammonia / nitrite and are quite sensitive. Corys dieing so quick could mean that. PFS is perfect for Corys. Maybe you could turn a part of the tank into a sandbeach using some. Some flat rocks will be appriciates as well. What did you feed those guys? A shame there is some distance between us, otherwise I'd give you some Corys for free !!!
     
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    The one in the pic isn't looking that bad. A bit off color aeneus I'd say
     
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    Thanks for the input and the gesture, would've loved some cory`s!!! Here they go for R20 - R42 in some LFS. Still I got so into them after I have been following your thread and after reading the PFK magazine!!!

    I got a piece of driftwood for now and will be making some changes to my Substrate, might even do the beach effect!!! REALLY nice idea, Like it allot.

    I was feeding them Aqua Plus bottom feeder pellets

    Here a pic of the Driftwood so long:
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    One with some Snails, Thanks to @Adriaan Chamberlain
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    Bristle nose:
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    Will be looking to get a nice, bigger piece of driftwood to add towards month end October if all works out.

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    How did you cycle your tank? The ammonia-way?
     
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    I did the fish less cycle and also introduced some of the bacteria from my main tank to the new tank and cycle it for 3 weeks also did 2 water changes per week and introduced prime with each change and used stability as prescribed on the label.
     
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    DoubleDutch Corydorasfan(atic)

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    Okay that's great, but using ammonia or another foodsource fot the bacteria.
     
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    I only added 2 pinches of food every 2nd day.
     
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    Could be the filter couldn't immediately cope with the "new" pollution of the fish.
    As said these fish are sensitive for traces of ammonia / nitrite.

    Another possible cause is a Ph-shock (ph-difference between the ph in your tank and in the lfs).

    Let the tank "ripen" for some time before getting new Corys.
     
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    Thanks for the advice, Will do. Will only get Corys again around end of October then to be safe as I also added a few Neons yesterday.
     
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    I also have a bad feeling, that some of the bacteria and water I introduced from my main tank might have contributed to a PH problem possibly as my main tank is a African Cichlid tank.
     
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    Hey hey, glad to see the snails are in the tank and doing well.

    Pics look good, like the driftwood and clearly the bristle nose also likes it a lot. :thrasher:
     

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