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post #46 of 66 Old 10-29-2013, 02:04 PM
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Yep, but never for anything that small.

I have done a few for 55g, 90g, and 120g from just 2x4s
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Yeah 2x4s seem to be the way to go until you've got Flipper in your tank. My hope is to use re-use some of the stand I build to this setup on a future tank.

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heres the one i built for my 90g. its very stout. on anything bigger than 90g, I do a center brace as well

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heres the one i built for my 90g. its very stout. on anything bigger than 90g, I do a center brace as well

That looks really good, how high is it?

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I also used 2x4's for my last tank stand. If you read on line a lot and look at whats factory made, 2x4's are overkill. But I wanted to make sure the stand would take anything. Used a piano hinge for the doors.

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Here is my set-up until tomorrow when a couple fish move in!

Small java fern to get my plants going, Id like to add a plant that is straight, tall and rigid to kind of hide the filter intake. Any suggestions?

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that looks really good, how high is it?
30"
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I have used the same stand design on two of my tanks since I used to be on a tight budget (currently tankless, but things will change once I move into my new apartment next year). This is really the only good shot of the stand that I have...2 x 4's, plywood and some cinder blocks did the trick for me and cost close to nothing. It was ugly but did the job. Now that I finally have money I am going to invest in a nice cabinet stand on my next tank.



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I tore it down because I honestly grew quite tired of plants after keeping them for two years. It was annoying always worrying about any sign of nutrient deficiencies in my plants, and I could never fully focus on the pleasure of having fish. After I took this down I swore I would only keep cichlids for the next few years, and that's what I'm going to do this coming summer...I'm itching to get back into it!

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**UPDATE**

I bought two Five Banded Barbs last Wednesday and they seem to like their new home! They were shy for the first day or so and liked to hid behind the Java Fern, but they're now flitting around and chasing eachother!





I'm thinking about getting one or two (dwarf/micro?) corys to work cleanup duty. Maybe a couple of more colorful fish if anyone has any suggestions?

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Barbs can be a bit aggressive towards most other small fish. They are known to have issues with tetras. Maybe a blue ram, but not sure how that would turn out. Also, it seems like there hasn't been enough time for the water to cycle. I'd suggest doing a 30-40% water change right now and another in a few days. You don't want an ammonia spike to kill everything
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Barbs can be a bit aggressive towards most other small fish. They are known to have issues with tetras. Maybe a blue ram, but not sure how that would turn out. Also, it seems like there hasn't been enough time for the water to cycle. I'd suggest doing a 30-40% water change right now and another in a few days. You don't want an ammonia spike to kill everything
I spoke with the local aquarium store folks today and they suggested maybe another banded barb in the future depending on how these to get on with their tank mates in the future. She said that usually if two are aggressive, a third will calm things down. So I might look into that.

My levels are staying pretty steady so far. I started cycling Oct. 26 and had a bio-rock from the original owner that hopefully transferred some beneficial bacteria. PH has stayed right at 7.6, might be high? Ammonia and Nitrates have also stayed at 0 ppm so far. I'm going to continue testing every couple of days to be sure there isn't a spike.

I've started to see a little algae growth on the glass, so I've turned down the timer for my light. Should I clean the glass now or wait to see if it subsides with less light?

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I've had all these fish. The bluegill are the toughest per inch. The bass are hard to keep. I've never had them last a long time successfully.

Bluegill and sunfish are easy and versatile.

Catfish are boring but easy. They'll hide under ledges all the time.

Start them young or they won't eat pellets. Pellet fed fish are easiest.

Native fish really are best.
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I've started to see a little algae growth on the glass, so I've turned down the timer for my light. Should I clean the glass now or wait to see if it subsides with less light?
I'd let the algae grow. Once you are certain you are past the water cycle period, grab a bristle nose plecco. Just one for that size tank. He will go to town and have the glass algae free in 24-48 hours.

Pleccos are more at risk when it comes to water issues than most fish, so its important to make sure its past the cycle point.
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