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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 05-07-2007, 05:54 AM Thread Starter
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critique my tank please!

I have a 65 gallon tank.
1 drift wood (that seems to keep leaking colour 3 years old now. is this normal)
4 fake plants
ehiem filter
spray bar

3 large parrot fish, 1 small parrot fish, 3 tricolour sharks, 1 gold fish, 2 rainbow bosami, 1 chinese algea eaters, 2 cory cats. (parrot fish are huge , tricolor sharks are not growing for some reason??)

quetions are:
What fish should i add, do i have too many?
Do i need more cory cats or a pleco?
do i need more algae eaters?


Should i have a undergravel filter.?
should i have abubble maker?
should i have live plants?

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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 05-07-2007, 07:46 AM
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plants

Of course on this forum people will reccomend live plants! For plants you definintely do NOT want an undergravel filter. Look around and read about plants before you try. Corys would enjoy a real school, say around 6. Have fun.
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Parrot cichlids are friendly.

The tri sharks are also friendly, but can get almost a foot long so they might eventually out-grow your tank. If you are worried about lack of growth though, maybe the other fish are eating all the food before they get a chance at it. Also, you could try giving them more variety of food.

What I know about goldfish is this: they are not as easy as you would expect. First, they are messy. Second, they are cold-water fish, so it is best not to mix them with tropical fish. Third, you should feed them sinking food because if they suck in air, it could mess up their swim bladder.

Cory cats prefer to be in groups of three or more. Nice fish.

I hear mixed reviews about plecos. It depends on what kind you get. The generic ones you see at the pet store can get huge and messy. Some people say they will eat your plants if they run out of algae.

I think undergravel filters are too much trouble and bad with plants and certain digging fish.
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should i add more algea eaters?
does the bulb have to be changed after a period of time?

do i really need those buble makers do they do anything other than decoration?
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should i add more algea eaters?
does the bulb have to be changed after a period of time?

do i really need those buble makers do they do anything other than decoration?
1. Algea eaters are completely up to you. They aren't a necessity, but if you like them, or have an algea problem, then go for it. I have tried oto's, but they seem to die rather quickly. Right now I have a rubbernose(bulldog) pleco. They don't get as big as some of the other plecos and as far as I know, they don't eat plants. Unless your tank's overrun with algea all the time, you'll have to supplement them with algea wafers. I give him one every couple/few days.
2. From what I've heard, the bulbs do have to be changed periodically, but how often, I don't know. I'll let someone else take that one.
3. I've never had bubble makers in my tank and my fish are all fine. Anything I've heard regarding the subject has suggested that if you have a medium to heavily planted tank, the plants are producing enough oxygen for the fish. The bubble wands simply add a little bit of oxygen to the tank(and they look cool too).
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i just have plastic plants now.. what are the benefits of real ones?
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they produce oxygen and create a healthy environment for your fish.

not to mention they look cool!

Check this out for major inspiration http://www.adana-usa.com/index.php?m...=afa_portfolio
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its it normall for the drift to keep leaking colorinto the tank? its been 3 years i ts dark wood.

do i need special bulb? do i have to add co2?
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Beside what has already been pointed out : The parrot fish get pretty large as well. I'd say that you are going to be be badly overstocked before you know it.

Also, the chinese algae eater does not really eat algae. It'll eventually just suck on the slimecoat of your other fish, IME. You do not have any actual algae eaters in your tank. Once you get things sorted out, perhaps a few otos or a maybe a dwarf bristlenose pleco would work out for you.

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