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Abbiesaurus
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Just a few questions :)
« on: December 21, 2010, 10:40:50 PM »

I just have a few random questions that didn't really fit into any other current threads.

1) When I setup my canister filter how long does it need to run in conjunction with my old filter until it can run by itself? The reason I ask is because I want to use the old filter on another tank.
2) If the canister filter creates a lot of surface movement can I remove the aerator from my goldfish tank?
3) What product does everyone recommended for removing the chemicals from town water? I have rain water at my house but a friend is getting a fish who only has access to town water.
4) How many platys would live comfortably in a 45 liter tank? I don't want a heaps big tank but am willing to up size if this is too small.
5) Is it easy to tell the difference between male and female platys? I only want to buy males Smiley
6) Are there any plants that can do okay in a well lit room without an aquarium light? Like anubias or java fern?
7) What is the optimum temperature to keep a goldfish tank at?

I have looked a lot of these things up online but I always get mixed answers Undecided
Thanks in advance Smiley
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Re: Just a few questions :)
« Reply #1 on: December 22, 2010, 03:17:17 AM »

Hi Abbie,
there always will be different answers... unfortunately there is no recipe for all what we need and want to know... in the end the own experience will show.

I'm not sure about the filters, I'd let them run together for at least one week ?
I personally would leave the bubble bar in the tank for the fishies to play with them.
I recommend Prime from Seachem, or SuperChlor from GKLloydJones. SuperChlor only available in Australia at this stage.
I think about 8-10 platys should be fine.
You can tell the difference in their ventral fins, the males fin is called gonopodium and looks more or less like a pin, the females ventral fin is a proper fin, like a sail. Hahaha we only wanted to buy males, well we did but later we had the surprise that 2 platys out of the male tank were females... so we got babies, babies, babies.....
I believe every aquatic plant needs an aquarium light.
Optimum temp for goldies is mainly a STABLE one and if it is in the green range of your thermometer (22-28) you should be fine. Fluctuations, up and down are not liked.

Hope this helps a bit, maybe Minde and Nossie and Andrea have better suggestions
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Re: Just a few questions :)
« Reply #2 on: December 22, 2010, 04:45:33 AM »

Thanks so much Hanna for taking the time to answer my questions Smiley
Lol well *fingers crossed* that I only end up getting male platys. How many times have your platys had babies?
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Re: Just a few questions :)
« Reply #3 on: December 22, 2010, 05:16:16 AM »

1) Maybe leave it for a week or two? Just to be safe Smiley The bacteria should multiply real fast though if the system itself is already cycled.
2) I have really good surface agitation in my tank, but I like the way the bubbles look, so I keep it Smiley Besides, it feels better during maintenance if the water is moving a little bit too Wink I usually turn off the filters, but leave the air pump on Smiley
3) I have used... well, some API producs, stresszyme and that other one, but for now I have aquatan by Sera Cheesy
4) Each platy male will be between 4-5cm, so think 2 liters per cm. One fish will need 8-10 liters, so I'd put 4-5 fish there Smiley
5) Yes Cheesy The males have a gonopodium instead of their anal fin, it looks a little bit like a pipe. The females are also usually bigger and rounder than the guys Smiley
6) Elodea should grow well without special lights. But of course, you should leave some kind of lamp on, just in case Smiley
7) I keep my tanks at 25 degrees Celsius, and the fish seem to thrive Wink Even if goldfish are coldwater fish, they enjoy temps between 20-27 C.
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Re: Just a few questions :)
« Reply #4 on: December 22, 2010, 06:32:58 AM »

Thanks Nossie Smiley
I might have to invest in a less noisy aerator then because the one I have now is so noisy Undecided Thats why I want to get rid of it lol.
I think elodea is actually banned in my state D: I used to have some in my old tank but I haven't seen any in the pet shops for yearsss. I will just have to end up getting a light to grow some low light plants. I could do without the light but I just really love the look of a planted aqaurium Smiley

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Re: Just a few questions :)
« Reply #5 on: December 22, 2010, 09:50:57 AM »

When aerators get noisy, it usuallymeans they are on their last leg! Wink
Time to get a new one!  Smiley
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Re: Just a few questions :)
« Reply #6 on: December 22, 2010, 12:48:20 PM »

Yep, aerators and filters tend to get more noisy as they get older Smiley
I noticed that the shops sometimes don't carry Elodea around here either, but maybe you could ask in the shop if they're going to order them anytime soon?
Either way, a lamp shouldn't be very hard nor expensive to get Smiley
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Re: Just a few questions :)
« Reply #7 on: December 22, 2010, 01:18:59 PM »

Abbie, In the meantime we have 4 batches of platy babies and 3 batches of guppy babies. ( also the first batch of about 16 bristlenose babies... now waiting for a Cory miracle  Shocked)
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Re: Just a few questions :)
« Reply #8 on: December 22, 2010, 01:23:32 PM »

Hanna, are your Corys male and female too? LOL!
Population explosion at your place!!! Cheesy
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« Reply #9 on: December 22, 2010, 01:33:58 PM »

Minde, I am not sure, but there is a chance, as one is quite bigger than the other one and they were much the same size when we bought them...... yep, fertile water in that tank, LOL Cheesy
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Re: Just a few questions :)
« Reply #10 on: December 22, 2010, 05:59:36 PM »

Well thats good to hear my aerators on the way out...now I have a reason to buy a new one ~yay~.
Yeah I will probably just end up getting a proper aquarium light with a reflector, its much easier then worrying about if plants have enough light and what not.
Wow you have a lot of baby fishies at your house to look after Hanna lol. Are you going to keep any of the babies or are your tanks stocked already? 


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« Reply #11 on: December 22, 2010, 06:12:16 PM »

I will keep a couple but the rest will go to our fish guy, we already made arrangements. Also we already gave him 10 from the first batch when they were almost grown up, about 4cm. We got AU$ 1.60 per fish Grin
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Re: Just a few questions :)
« Reply #12 on: December 23, 2010, 04:25:17 PM »

Hanna I think soon you'll have enough fish to open an aquarium!
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Re: Just a few questions :)
« Reply #13 on: December 23, 2010, 05:24:36 PM »

LOL, fantailer, we are looking to move, but taking our time to find what we want... wanna have a fishroom...like fishroom-entertainment area... also a pool
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Re: Just a few questions :)
« Reply #14 on: January 04, 2011, 10:45:42 PM »

OK I have another question...! Tongue
I thought I would post here rather than making a new thread/hijacking someone else's.

I am about to buy a new air pump and was wondering how many litres/ph it would need to be for my 150 litre (40 gallon) aquarium?
Currently I am thinking of getting this one which is 200L/ph:
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Re: Just a few questions :)
« Reply #15 on: January 05, 2011, 05:42:22 AM »

that looks like a really good air pump...adjustable air flow!! Perfect! Smiley
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Re: Just a few questions :)
« Reply #16 on: January 05, 2011, 08:51:36 AM »

Yey! Ok great. I hope the goldfish like their new spa Roll Eyes
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