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Unread 10-22-2013, 10:17 PM   #31
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It don't cost much to throw a couple boards up and sheetrock it and repaint then you can keep your 1000+ $ tank lol
True im thinking of getting one above my bed in the wall how would cleaning work? If its in the wall you would have to work out some system.

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Unread 10-23-2013, 07:20 AM   #32
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Ive had bluegills for awhile last one died because of going blind and being unable to catch food. They wont grow as big in a tank as they do in the wild. My biggest blue was 5 inches and the dominate predator in the tank. Food for them was live bugs and small fish because of the hunting instinct. Sun fish can handle a wide temperature range up to around the mid 70s before they start stressing once I found out it liked it around 73 I put in a large pleco. If you want a catfish you need a strong tank as they can break normal tanks with their body.

There are a few larger tank companies that offer reinforced tanks in the 300+ gallon size but they get expensive very quick. I am personally looking at custom building a tank 1000 gallons but for that I need to make sure the floor can handle the weight. Minimum of around 9500 lbs for everything. A pond is a cheaper way to keep game like has been said. Biggest problem you will have with that is other predators wanting to eat your fish.
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Unread 10-23-2013, 08:18 AM   #33
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True im thinking of getting one above my bed in the wall how would cleaning work? If its in the wall you would have to work out some system.
Make the wall above it look like a cabinet or something but it really is more of a door to clean the tank
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Unread 10-23-2013, 08:25 AM   #34
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Make the wall above it look like a cabinet or something but it really is more of a door to clean the tank
I would have to try and keep it hidden I like the solid look
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Unread 10-23-2013, 09:30 AM   #35
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Alrighty I need some more help. The tank my friend had wasn't 10 gallons, it's only about 5.5. Now I'm worried about it being TOO small and having problems. I've read that a bigger tank will be less quick to go crazy with bad stuff. And that's what has led me to look for some bigger-ish tanks.

I've found a 55 gallon for sale, comes with some parts and a stand. I'm probably going to get all new pumps/filters (I may have mentioned that earlier). What do you all think? Would a 55 gallon be too big? I'd hate to start with something small, and hate it because it jumps around too quickly. Ugh, back and forth over here.
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Unread 10-23-2013, 10:53 AM   #36
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I'm just down the road a piece from you, in Goochland. We have a 20 gal set up if you are interested, to get you started. I'd give you everything except the filter, which is a Fluval G6 for a 150 gal tank. Its a killer filter. That'll keep that tank clean as all get out.

We have a pretty big Oscar in a 30 gal tank. He's a filthy fish, and I'd personally never own one, but the wifey sometimes brings things home without prior approval. We also have a 125 gal set up with angelfish, a brown knife, a couple loaches, some cory's and a big pleco. We had bala sharks and silver dollars to start with, and ended up giving them to the local VA hospital. The bala's got HUGE (a couple were about a foot long) and the silver dollars were pretty big as well (one was about 5" in diameter).

I'd love to have a bass and a few crappie, but live food, plants and all the craziness associated with them is more than I want to invest. I already have a couple grand in fish and fish stuff, and really wouldn't mind having that space and cash available for something else.

I also have another 125 gal tank that has a small crack in it that would be great for someone wanting turtles/lizards/snakes/insects/rodents. Anyone interested, let me know via PM. Bring your trailer, and I'll help you load it. Its yours for the taking. I want my saw horses and that part of the basement back!
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Unread 10-23-2013, 12:33 PM   #37
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Whats a good start im thinking I only have room for a 20 gallon what would be some good fish to keep? I really want to get into it
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Unread 10-23-2013, 01:26 PM   #38
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I've been pondering a aquascape tank for awhile like a 20gal or something with a ton of tetras cause they school
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Unread 10-23-2013, 09:22 PM   #39
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Whats a good start im thinking I only have room for a 20 gallon what would be some good fish to keep? I really want to get into it
Depends on what type of fish you want and how much you want to deal with it. I avoid goldfish at all costs because they are nasty fish. Stuff like tetras, guppies and platies are easy fish to start off with. Make sure to buy at least 5 and they wont get much bigger than 1-1.5 inch for that size of tank.


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I've been pondering a aquascape tank for awhile like a 20gal or something with a ton of tetras cause they school
You dont want to overload the tank which can cause imbalances in the water which might kill the fish.
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Unread 10-23-2013, 09:47 PM   #40
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Depends on what type of fish you want and how much you want to deal with it. I avoid goldfish at all costs because they are nasty fish. Stuff like tetras, guppies and platies are easy fish to start off with. Make sure to buy at least 5 and they wont get much bigger than 1-1.5 inch for that size of tank.

You dont want to overload the tank which can cause imbalances in the water which might kill the fish.
I want to get rid of my tv for a tank but the lady friend wont let that happen...
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Unread 10-24-2013, 12:19 AM   #41
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I am subscribing bc I want to see pics when it is all set up and going
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Unread 10-24-2013, 01:52 PM   #42
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Some fish to look at for most small tanks are bristle nose plecos and Cory cats. Bristle nose stay relatively small (6") and one will keep the glass of a 20g spotless. Cory cats stay between 1-2" depending on variety, clean the bottom of the tank well, and are almost always schooling.
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Unread 10-28-2013, 08:06 AM   #43
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Quick update for those still lingering:

I'm going with a 5 gallon tank (provided by a friend that was getting rid of it). It's been cycling over the weekend and I've been measuring Ammonia and Nitrate but haven't seen much change. Hopefully going to pick up a PH and Nitrite kit at the pet store today. I'm going to build a stand for it with 2x4s in SketchUp tonight and hopefully pick up the lumber sometime this week.

I felt it was a good idea to test out a smaller tank to see if I really like having an aquarium, and then possibly upgrade in a year or so to something bigger. I know small tanks can be tricky but I figure if I'm able to get a small one stable and get good habits formed then I'll be able to tackle a good sized tank.

Ironhead I like the idea of the Cory cats. Little guys will do well in this small tank. Do you think 2 would be enough to call a "school" for them?

I'll take a pic tonight to give you all the layout so far!
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Unread 10-29-2013, 11:31 AM   #44
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I have a 75 gallon fully planted tank. It's got a couple angels and ghost shrimp.

With chemicals today you really don't need to cycle tanks like you used to.

Biggest advise I can give you is to be careful with water changes. Make sure that the water temp is as close as possible. If it's a lot different you'll shock and kill the fish. I've done it before.

I would have said to start with as big of tank you can afford. It's so much easier to take care of larger tanks IMO.
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Unread 10-29-2013, 02:00 PM   #45
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Have any of you all built a stand for your aquarium? I've been doing some searching and found a few designs that people have used, but I'm always looking for more input!
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