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  • DJCopa 10 Jan 2013 16:22:51 1,057 posts
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    Good idea binky - It'll work as there is a shrimp in 'Finding Nemo', so I can get away with it!
  • ronuds 10 Jan 2013 16:23:23 21,788 posts
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    I love the clown loach and plecos for cleaning fish. If you can find 'em, some plecos look amazing. The loaches are just fun, if you have the space for 4 or 5.
  • binky Moderator 10 Jan 2013 16:26:39 9,671 posts
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    @DJCopa "cccllleeaaannn!!" :D
  • ronuds 10 Jan 2013 16:27:16 21,788 posts
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    I had one of these, which wasn't easy to find a cost a pretty penny. Awesome looking fish, though!



    He's a Gold Nugget pleco.
  • DJCopa 10 Jan 2013 16:28:25 1,057 posts
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    I've got for some Zebra Loach which I love. As you say, loads of character and just look awesome! I'm at my fish limit now for my 100 litre tank - so sad.
  • Deleted user 10 January 2013 16:30:43
    Milton Sterilising Fluid is great for cleaning ornaments and fake plants.

    Get a bowl fill it up, add plants etc "NOT FISH" then leave over night clean no hard work.
  • DJCopa 10 Jan 2013 16:31:32 1,057 posts
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    That looks amazing - Like a sock puppet :)

    @binky :) We looked at a small puffer but was told they would destroy the community fish we already had. Another tank maybe......
  • ronuds 10 Jan 2013 16:31:54 21,788 posts
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    Never had the Zebra Loach, but I'd imagine they act the same as a Clown. They look real nice, too!

    I did have a Zebra Pleco once, though. :p



    I used to be somewhat of an exotic pleco fanatic.
  • DJCopa 10 Jan 2013 16:34:13 1,057 posts
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    I can see why - Lovely looking fish. I'm hooked on this hobby - It's like collecting Panini football stickers all over again, although there is a ceiling you hit when you have to wait for more room......
  • Khanivor 10 Jan 2013 16:34:37 40,850 posts
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    Love me some pleccies! A pet shop near to where I used to live had one in a large tank that was about a foot long.

    A piece of advice for anyone shopping for an aerator pump; Tetra Whisper quiet pumps are not.
  • ronuds 10 Jan 2013 16:37:46 21,788 posts
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    Yeah, when I first started I'd compensate for lack of space by buying another tank! And then another and another... thankfully that has passed. I only have a small-ish tank now with a few fish.

    We actually wanted to move on from keeping them, but one of the buggers who we've had for over 11 years now won't freakin' die! So we keep giving him friends and having one tank isn't much of a hassle.
  • Deleted user 10 January 2013 16:37:48
    i would be too scared to pay out Ł30 pound for one fish but the Gold Nugget pleco is lovely.
  • Khanivor 10 Jan 2013 16:42:46 40,850 posts
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    I've only got a 20 gallon tank now but for years I had a fucking monster tank. Friend was addicted to fish, had a custom built behemoth. It was four feet long, two wide and about three deep. Fish got big. But it was a bitch to keep healthy, especially as that was a point in my life when I wasn't taking very much care of my own health, let alone that of some fish.

    I do want to get a bigger tank again though. Got a catfish shark which has managed to get about 7 inches long in this small tank and he would benefit from some more space.
  • Khanivor 10 Jan 2013 16:51:09 40,850 posts
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  • ronuds 10 Jan 2013 16:53:42 21,788 posts
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    Love the shark cats too! There are the silver spotted ones that are very similar which I also used to keep a lot of.

    Feisty buggers. If they were the biggest fish in the tank, they let every other fish know it.

    Although, a rainbow shark I had was king no matter who else was around. Even the cats didn't mess with him. Stressed so many to death that I had to give him his own tank. :p
  • Khanivor 10 Jan 2013 17:00:52 40,850 posts
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    I've always liked silver sharks. Had a number of them in that big tank, although they kept disappearing. Tank that size something could die and it would be weeks before you'd realise it wasn't there anymore.

    When it came time to move I found that wasn't what was happening to them. They had been jumping out of the tank. Found them behind the shelving unit holding it up. Very dessicated.
  • ronuds 10 Jan 2013 17:12:56 21,788 posts
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    Ha! No smell or anything?

    I've had silver sharks as well, but they weren't a very good community fish from what I remember.

    Along with plecos, I always collected the South American cichlids, which don't require brackish water, unlike their African cousins. They were smart, as far as tropical fish go.

    They always rearranged the entire tank after I put it how I like, though! I'd clean it up nice, place the gravel with nice peaks a valleys for the smaller fish to get lost in - and the next day I'd go to the tank and be like, "oh, COME ON!" as nothing would be where I left it.
  • binky Moderator 17 Jan 2013 14:52:25 9,671 posts
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    Algae!!! Loads of brown algae! Boo!

    It's easily wiped from the sides of the tank, but still, it's making a mess of my until now, super clean tidy tank. We've been doing 10% water changes once a week but since we added some java moss a week ago, we've been infested with this algae.

    Coincidence?

    Is the tank still getting to grips with itself (it's in it's 6th week of being set up and 4th week of having fish in it).

    Fish are still doing well, and heck the guppies even like to nibble the algae but it's really not aesthetically pleasing!
  • kalel 17 Jan 2013 14:56:06 87,910 posts
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    I think again brown algae is generally a sign of not getting enough light, and also you can get it from poorly agitated water.

    It is also again a general new tank thing, and 6 weeks is a very new tank. Most people say a tank needs at least 6 months to really be considered properly cycled.
  • binky Moderator 17 Jan 2013 15:00:18 9,671 posts
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    Hoping it's just a new tank thing. Will continue with the water changes and maybe up them to 20-50% a week.

    Light is on in the tank for about 14 hours a day and is in the kitchen where light comes through the glassy-hole-in-the-wall-thing.
  • ronuds 17 Jan 2013 15:07:13 21,788 posts
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    Take a picture of the algae... plus, I like to see people's tanks.

    If you're so inclined.

    Sorry if that's creepy.
  • kalel 17 Jan 2013 15:09:56 87,910 posts
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    I know people extoll the virtues of live plants but in my limited experience they are more bother than they're worth. Even a bit of moss.
  • binky Moderator 17 Jan 2013 15:19:17 9,671 posts
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    @ronuds ha ha ha. I'll post before and after pics tonight.
  • binky Moderator 17 Jan 2013 15:21:24 9,671 posts
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    @kalel The algae seems to be attacking the moss too which is a shame.

    On the plus side, it makes my decision on whether to introduce a pleco fish (or sucky fish as wifey calls them) for algae clean up duties.

    Actually - what says the group? Pleco, which I worry might get a bit big (?) or tiny ghost/cherry shrimp?

    Edited by binky at 15:23:52 17-01-2013
  • ronuds 17 Jan 2013 15:26:08 21,788 posts
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    How big's the tank and what/how many fish do you have already? Plecos are all different sizes, so that won't necessarily be a problem.

    I've never kept shrimp, so can't say much about them.
  • binky Moderator 17 Jan 2013 15:29:45 9,671 posts
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    Tanks is 35L. The filtration/pump system is built in and makes up another 10l in the back I believe. so 45l, but 35 "useable".

    Currently 4 female guppies.
  • kalel 17 Jan 2013 15:30:48 87,910 posts
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    How big are your fish?

    That sounds like a reasonably well stocked tank to me...
  • ronuds 17 Jan 2013 15:32:48 21,788 posts
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    Yeah, you'd have to get a tiny pleco for a tank that size. Even your common pleco can grow to a foot or more.

    I'd do some research on that shrimp to make sure it's compatible. There are other kinds of "cleaner" fish as well: cories, loaches, etc.

    Cories are perfect for 35L.
  • binky Moderator 17 Jan 2013 15:43:43 9,671 posts
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    Cories might be an idea, but shrimp are probably the way forward for this size tank.
    Kalel - quite agree, we don't want to add much more to it to be honest.
  • ronuds 17 Jan 2013 15:52:38 21,788 posts
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    Here's a compatibility chart - it urges caution against keeping shrimp with guppies!

    http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=16+1911&aid=3284

    Haha! It urges caution against keeping them with anything. Just be sure they aren't small enough to fit in your guppie's mouth and it sounds like they'll work just fine.
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