Tank Setup Advice Needed

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  1. RudiSin

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    Lol plastic plants. Why are the wifes always the issue? Mine saw a reef tank and “commanded” me i need to get rid of my planted tank and get a reef tank... lol let me know if you are looking for plants will pm you photos of plants i have
     
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  3. Hendre

    Hendre Polypterus freak

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    An airstone will help gas off the co2 from tapwater but it's not necessary, will happen anyway :)

    Yikes dude. If she sees the money involved she may think again lol

    @f-fish I keep my tanks at 26 in winter, the bigger the tank the easier it is to heat because it retains better. I hold it there for optimum health and growth on my fish.
     
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    Well if this is your goal then a constant temperature is missing the goal. In nature temperatures fluctuate - sometimes a lot. We have been duped into believing X temperature is ideal because our cheap heaters can only do a fixed setting.

    Later Ferdie
     
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    Agree with Hendre I keep mine at 27-28. And even with a day of loadshedding it stays quite stable whereas the smaller tanks dive and get cold very fast
     
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    Hendre Polypterus freak

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    My temps vary between 24-29 depending on the time of the year. Summer peak temps are hit without a heater. There's some difference
     
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    Yeah that is good ... and do not forget the WC temp movement that also helps. I do feel we do it wrong sometimes .. suck all the water out, dump fresh water back .... been playing with the concept on inline WC start at a certain TDS then do WC till you get to the desired TDS ... bit of effort but time will tell.

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    What WC, I'm in the Cape lol. I don't concern myself with TDS too much...
     
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    And we are cycling...

    I put the plants from the old tank just randomly to see if the new lights are effective enough. How long will it take to see if I must add more or if they are suffice?

    Also, I want to know if the blue light will be a good moonlight or is it too strong? Can barely see the live plants, but the neom danio and plastic plants are clearly visible.

    Thanks for all the input.

    P.S I put the damn airstone in. Will reposition when I do my scaping.ef95994c38eb201d37a976b101e88f02.jpg971e64d95b3b8d99ad6be66ed4f4e45f.jpgeaea1c2e29979cb93215d877ddbd95fd.jpga171e77976171b4b93886c25336ede63.jpg

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    Too much blue light will trigger algae, be careful.
     
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    Thanks. Its turned all the way down though. Rather switch it off when I go to bed?

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    Is it a LED light or?

    Good idea at night, if I do it I'd switch it off before sleep too
     
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    Keeganjvv

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    5m LED Strip light angled around the top frame3313ff892224131bf44c4a242ee4bc2d.jpg

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    These LED strips generally aren't so powerful so I'd think it's okay
     
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    I would suggest switching it off. Even though it's a moonlight blue, if it's not the exact right frequency for "moonlight", it would be the same as keeping your normal tank lights on the whole time and the fish will not have a rest cycle. Everything needs time to rest
     
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    Keeganjvv

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    How is this?

    This is all that is left from my one Danio this morning. This tank is almost 10 times bigger then their old tank and it seems like the glass fish got to him. I cant wait to get rid of them.

    Also found this bugger dead in there this morning. Any Idea what it is?91103bdb6253a8f360edb69b4b30d238.jpge855ba8dc35c2d2120ac2c101c3d91a1.jpgf283a55469b321118b100e7839731dc0.jpg

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    Keeganjvv

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    What plants are these?0f9a07471421c9a44b69089a12b6f12b.jpg229615f97e7b0e3058861668144af1ab.jpg

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    Looks like bacopa
     
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    Keeganjvv

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    Update,

    Added 5 more Danios yesterday because the wife didnt want the lone ranger to be lonely. I am growing quite fond of them, but they are nit suited for the setup I have planned so will have to use that 3ft I wanted to use as a sump to house the wife's fish. As good an excuse as any to get another tank

    Which test kits would you suggest and what canister filter size would you suggest (250l tank)? I really dont like the internal filter and would then convert the heater to inline.7052f174a730d26b15a293246f56e590.jpg

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    Keeganjvv

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    This is my planned stocking. Any suggestions, ideas?c3e13667e5a05c41e39e74121206274b.jpg

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    Can't see any real probkem with the stocking list. Just take in consideration that the rams and apistos are teretoria, assuming you are getting male and female, espesially when in spawning mode. So you will need to take this in consideration when planning hardscape and planting. I will swop the polkadot loaches for zebra loaches as they are slightly smaller and excelent snail hunters.

    Btw for the price your going to pay for the zebra plecos, if you can find them, you can buy a few more tanks to set up.

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