New 20 gallon

Discussion in 'Freshwater' started by CarpCharacin, Apr 26, 2017.

  1. Angelphish

    Angelphish Bolivian ram Well-known Member

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    And I never understood you with your African cichlids. Americans are the way to go.
     
  2. CarpCharacin

    CarpCharacin Rainbow cichlid Administrator Fish mentor

    I love African cichlids!
     
  3. Angelphish

    Angelphish Bolivian ram Well-known Member

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    They aren't compatible with nearly as many fish as Americans. Americans also have more personality.
     
  4. Dharma

    Dharma German blue ram Fish guru

    Yeah, for sure... just look at Trump
     
  5. Angelphish

    Angelphish Bolivian ram Well-known Member

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    Don't think he'd do well in my tank. Mota might kill him.
     
  6. Angelphish

    Angelphish Bolivian ram Well-known Member

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    Today is a good day to get plants. Your tank is begging for them.

    If you can't find all the plants you're looking for locally, Amazon has a good selection.
     
  7. CarpCharacin

    CarpCharacin Rainbow cichlid Administrator Fish mentor

    I'm still not sure what plants I am going to get. How much fish food should I be adding?
     
  8. Angelphish

    Angelphish Bolivian ram Well-known Member

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    Just 3-5 pellets a day. Nothing much.

    Look on Tropica.com. They have a large selection of high demanding plants, so you can get an idea of what you want. If your lfs sells Tropica plants, then they should have most of the plants on the website.
     
  9. Angelphish

    Angelphish Bolivian ram Well-known Member

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  10. CarpCharacin

    CarpCharacin Rainbow cichlid Administrator Fish mentor

    I haven't decided yet.
     
  11. Angelphish

    Angelphish Bolivian ram Well-known Member

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    Are you ever going to decide?
     
  12. CarpCharacin

    CarpCharacin Rainbow cichlid Administrator Fish mentor

    Of course ;)
     
  13. Angelphish

    Angelphish Bolivian ram Well-known Member

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    What did you decide on?
     
  14. CarpCharacin

    CarpCharacin Rainbow cichlid Administrator Fish mentor

    I have been very busy rebuilding my pond filter. Once done, I will decide on plants for the 20 gallon. I am starting to reconsider the idea of building a controller to automate the lighting and air pump :ROFLMAO:.
     
  15. Angelphish

    Angelphish Bolivian ram Well-known Member

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    If you have time to spend on this forum, then you have time to look at plants online.
     
  16. Angelphish

    Angelphish Bolivian ram Well-known Member

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    Have you at least decided on something other than the baby tears and flame sword?
     
  17. CarpCharacin

    CarpCharacin Rainbow cichlid Administrator Fish mentor

    Yes, rotala wallichii.
     
  18. Angelphish

    Angelphish Bolivian ram Well-known Member

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    Any others?
     
  19. Angelphish

    Angelphish Bolivian ram Well-known Member

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  20. CarpCharacin

    CarpCharacin Rainbow cichlid Administrator Fish mentor

    I am going to order the fertilizer today.
     
  21. Angelphish

    Angelphish Bolivian ram Well-known Member

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    Without the plants?
     
  22. CarpCharacin

    CarpCharacin Rainbow cichlid Administrator Fish mentor

    I am going to order the fertilizer from petmountain, they don't have plants ;). I plan to order the plants once the fertilizer comes, because the shipping time for the fertilizer will be longer than the plants.
     
  23. Angelphish

    Angelphish Bolivian ram Well-known Member

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    Order Tropica fertilizer from BigAlsPets.
     
  24. CarpCharacin

    CarpCharacin Rainbow cichlid Administrator Fish mentor

    I am going to get Flourish, Trace, Potassium, and Phosphorus.
     
  25. Angelphish

    Angelphish Bolivian ram Well-known Member

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    And Tropica ferts.
     
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  26. Angelphish

    Angelphish Bolivian ram Well-known Member

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  27. CarpCharacin

    CarpCharacin Rainbow cichlid Administrator Fish mentor

    I wasn't able to order the fertilizer on the 3rd, but I am going to order it soon. Do I need to do water changes on the tank while it has no fish or plants, or just keep adding food?
     
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  28. Angelphish

    Angelphish Bolivian ram Well-known Member

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    The plants will take care of any bad parameters.

    You've been making us wait a long time to see the tank. I hope you'll have something nice made out of it.
     
  29. CarpCharacin

    CarpCharacin Rainbow cichlid Administrator Fish mentor

    I still haven't gotten the fertilizer :eek:. When that comes, I'll order the plants.
     
  30. Angelphish

    Angelphish Bolivian ram Well-known Member

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    What do you plan to stock as far as fish and plants?
     
  31. CarpCharacin

    CarpCharacin Rainbow cichlid Administrator Fish mentor

    For plants, I plan to get dwarf baby tears, two fllame swords, Staurogyne repens, rotala wallichii and Alternanthera reineckii.

    For fish I plan to get 6 Asian stone cats, 6 Scarlet Badis, Blue Diamond Shrimp and 10 Celestial Pearl Danios.
     
  32. Angelphish

    Angelphish Bolivian ram Well-known Member

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    How many Blue Diamonds? 10? 20? You want to start with those, so they can colonize. Once you start to see baby shrimp, you can buy the fish.
     
  33. CarpCharacin

    CarpCharacin Rainbow cichlid Administrator Fish mentor

    10. You told me before to get the shrimp after the tank had been established for several months because they feed off of biofilm.
     
  34. Angelphish

    Angelphish Bolivian ram Well-known Member

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    Correct. It will probably take a year or more for the tank to be finished - all fish stocked and plants filled in.
     
  35. CarpCharacin

    CarpCharacin Rainbow cichlid Administrator Fish mentor

  36. Angelphish

    Angelphish Bolivian ram Well-known Member

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    Baby tears grow slowly. It takes a while for them to grow in. I've had my Monte Carlo for about a month and it still hasn't completely filled in yet, and it's a fast growing plant. I wouldn't be surprised if your baby tears took 3-6 months to fill in since they grow slowly.
     
  37. CarpCharacin

    CarpCharacin Rainbow cichlid Administrator Fish mentor

    I ordered the fertilizer today.
     
  38. CarpCharacin

    CarpCharacin Rainbow cichlid Administrator Fish mentor

    My seachem fertilizers came today, but I'm still waiting on the tropica ferts. The potassium was leaking a little, but I don't think I lost much.
     
  39. CarpCharacin

    CarpCharacin Rainbow cichlid Administrator Fish mentor

    The tropica fertilizer came today. I'm going to go to Fish 4 U today and get some driftwood.
     

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