From Hamlet@1:278/230 to All on Wed Jun 9 18:19:00 2004
I'm setting up a new tank (my first, except for one I had as a kid 15
years ago) and I had a few questions. Some details:
Tank is a 40 gallon breeder (36in X 18in X 16in)
Filter is a Penguin 330 (two wheels for bio-filter)
150 Watt Heater
basic 25 watt flourescent light
My plan (such that it is):
declorinate the water
get temp to 78F
do tests for PH, ammonia, nitrites, nitrates
Assuming nothing bad shows up in the tests,
start with 5 platies of various colors (following cycling instructions
from The Simple Guide to Fresh Water Aquariums)
later add 3 swordtails (1M 2F) of various colors
later add 4-6 cories of various types
possibly make additions based on load feedback and suggestions from
1. Why is my tank called a 40 gallon when it holds 45 gallons?
2. Is my filter adequate? I could add another if neccessary.
3. Will the aeration of the filter(s) be enough, or do I need to
supplement it? It keeps the water at the top moving pretty good. The
book suggests skipping the whole pump/airstone area for simplicity.
4. Cories are schooling fish. How many should I get to keep them
happy? Is it ok to mix them a little for variety?
5. Real plants are pretty much out unless I upgrade the light,
correct? Would Java Fern be ok or should I just go with plastic
My interest is to have the platies and swordtails breed a little, but
not overwhelm me with fish. I understand that the fish will eat the
fry, so I'm planning on leaving the fry in the main tank. I will give
them lots of cover (probably plastic) to hide in, hoping that a few
will reach adulthood. Does this make sense? any suggestions?
Am I forgeting anything vital?
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