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Hi everybody. This is my credit crunch budget tropical tank thread.

After one of my colleagues got a fishtank (a forum user named moorin), I decided I wanted to have one again. We already had all the stuff I needed, except for half of it had gone missing, and half of the stuff had stopped working!

So I went out with my girlfriend last week, and bought a whole Hagen Elite 60L tank & stand setup for 115. (Tank, Stand, Hood, Light, Filter/Pump, Heater, Thermometer, Decorative Rock/Plant Thing, Fish Food, Water Treatment & Water Cycle Chemicals)

The Gravel/Rocks & Air Pump were salvaged from the old tank setup, with a couple of rocks found in a wood near Loughborough. I connected the air pump to a 6" air stone I bought for water oxygenation, and also bought 3 fake plants. The plant pot is a makeshift "cave" for the plec, a steal at 50p! I also got a digital thermometer for 3.50 off ebay, as I didn't trust the strip thermometer. The heater is actually 4 degrees warmer than it should be (set at 23C, tank is 27C).

Today, I decided the tank is safe for fish now, so I bought 5 Dalmation Mollies (2 Males, 3 Females), and one Ancestrius Plec (Sex Unknown).

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I live in a hardwater area, so I've gone for hard water tolerant fish. I'd like a few rainbows too, but fear they will get too big. Any suggestions for a few more fish which will fit in with my current community?

In the future I may redo the tank and plant it with live plants, but for the time being this suffices.

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A couple more pictures;

How it stand's in my bedroom


And utilising my DVDs as an air pump stand (the wiring isn't long enough to put it elsewhere really!)

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Nice start, I found mollies don't like Co2. The other things are that the bubble stone is useless (in fact, it's actually detrimental) the filter not really powerful enough and the plec will get too big for a 60cm.
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Nice start, I found mollies don't like Co2. The other things are that the bubble stone is useless (in fact, it's actually detrimental) the filter not really powerful enough and the plec will get too big for a 60cm.
The filter seems to make a strong flow, it's rated to 100L. Besides it's a budget tank, it will get replaced only when necessary

Why is the air stone detrimental?

And we had an ancestrius plec in our old 60L and it never grew over 5", and lived very happily too.
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The air stone won't hurt the fake plants When you graduate to live plants, then you may consider not using it, or only at night.{I do on a low light tank at night} It is said to reduce CO2. I would move the large stone to the left,off center. GL with it.
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The air stone won't hurt the fake plants When you graduate to live plants, then you may consider not using it, or only at night.{I do on a low light tank at night} It is said to reduce CO2. I would move the large stone to the left,off center. GL with it.
I can see what you mean about the stone, but I wanted to keep it away from the heater, and to hide the air stone
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**UPDATE**

Well we've got 2 dalmation molly fry already. So went and bought this floating breeder for 4.59 for them. Will try and get some pictures of the fry and edit this post later.




And here are the fry...


They are already nibbling at crushed food.

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Some photos of the tank inhabitants.
These have all needed a fair bit of PP and are still dark, but at ISO800 they can't really be brightened up without a feck load of noise (and I've reduced a lot of noise!)...





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Hi tech cucumber feeder...



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Well after my Heater problem thread I decided to test the heater.

So I filled a bucket up with water,put the heater and digital thermometer in it, placed it on a plastic box in the garage (so the concrete floor didn't cool it) and tested the heater.

Turns out the heater is actually around 0.7C cooler than it reads, and doesn't overheat, which I'm happy about.

I'm also on the lookout for Java Ferns/Java Moss, Anubias & Crypts (I have a wanted thread on ukaps), to get rid of the plastic and go planted
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Overwhelmed by the response

Bought myself one of these Ebay Hong Kong Special Aquarium Fans to see whether it can cool the tank down.
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It's quiet on the boards. Many had parties and might have overeaten,causing them to sleep in. Glad to hear you are going to give up the plastic for weeds.
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Nice looking tank. Super photography.

What camera are you using?


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Nice looking tank. Super photography.

What camera are you using?
Thanks. Those were taken on either my Nokia N82 camera phone (the worse pictures) or my Nikon D40, just using the 18-55mm Kit lens.
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Glad to hear you are going to give up the plastic for weeds.
Exactly what I was thinking. Once you make the switch, you can't go back!

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It's quiet on the boards. Many had parties and might have overeaten,causing them to sleep in. Glad to hear you are going to give up the plastic for weeds.
lol ya everyone ATE too much. I don't think thats what happened.

EDIT- lol i was just realizing the irony of posting an independance day comment on a uk thread.
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