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PostSubject: Bought our new tank! Excitment abounds!!   Thu Feb 18, 2010 2:24 pm

My wife and I went out last night and bought the tank. A 36 gallon bowfront. The tank is very deceptive in size. Here is what we got.

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We are going to plant the tank - yet to be determined as to what plants.

Fish we are looking into are - fancy guppies, marbled hatchetfish, neon tetras, cleaner shrimp (ghost or cherry), and of course the bristlenose. I would like for the pleco to be no bigger than 6 inches.

Could you all give me some recommendations on what types of bristlenose I can choose from?

Are the fish above compatable with the bristlenose?

What types of live plants would you recommend?

Thanks in advance!! Cool
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PostSubject: Re: Bought our new tank! Excitment abounds!!   Thu Feb 18, 2010 5:26 pm

Sounds like youve got yourself a stunning setup,

I would put a nice selection of common's in there as they shouldnt take up to much space and only grow to 4 inch 5 at max......

Plus they would stay away from the tank mate's you suggested....

try and get yourself a nice trio maybe 1 male and two female's or go for a nice trio of L144's...

There is plenty of info on here about the black eyed yellow bristlenose...
slighty more expensive than the regular common BN....

The other tank mate's will be just fine although id watch your marble hatche's as they love diving out the tank so never leave the lid open..
plus they like to shoal so get yourself a nice selection as they are easily scared but will feel happier in a shoal...

as for the shrimp i cant comment as ive never kept them...

Hope this help's...... Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Bought our new tank! Excitment abounds!!   Thu Feb 18, 2010 5:40 pm

Thanks a bunch Curby!

I had planned on getting 5 or 6 hatchets and some type of floating plant for them to hide under, about the same number neons, and about a dozen or so fancy guppies.

The L144's would look fantastic with the dark substrate and wood. cheers
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PostSubject: Re: Bought our new tank! Excitment abounds!!   Thu Feb 18, 2010 5:53 pm

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Thanks a bunch Curby!

I had planned on getting 5 or 6 hatchets and some type of floating plant for them to hide under, about the same number neons, and about a dozen or so fancy guppies.

The L144's would look fantastic with the dark substrate and wood. cheers

sounds great to me iam looking forward to seeing your aquarium setup... Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Bought our new tank! Excitment abounds!!   Thu Feb 18, 2010 6:03 pm

I'll post some pics as soon as we get it up and running. Thanks again!!
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PostSubject: Re: Bought our new tank! Excitment abounds!!   Thu Feb 18, 2010 7:21 pm

We don't want to breed any so could we put 1 male L144 and two different females say like a L180 and a L100. Basically what I'm asking, will a pleco breed with another pleco the same size or do they have to be the same "L" designation?
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PostSubject: Re: Bought our new tank! Excitment abounds!!   Thu Feb 18, 2010 8:53 pm

High Bwompus, you almost sound like a kid at X-mas getting your new tank.
Plants for your tank :I really like "Anubias" , they come in a few varieties-some dwarf and some with bigger leaves
so a combo looks great together, they look awesome growing on driftwood and are pretty resilliant to plec attacks.
As for inter species breeding - highly unlikely, but then you read some story of someone trying to X black Ancistrus with common brown longfins to get longfin pepps- still I've yet to see this mythical beast.
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PostSubject: Re: Bought our new tank! Excitment abounds!!   Fri Feb 19, 2010 1:36 pm

Yup!! I'm a 39 year old kid thats pretty excited about our new tank. Lts see if I can post some of my pics with just the substrate and driftwood. Tank is cycling now.

Went with a lighter substrate than I originally planned. Going to add a couple of caves and plan on putting some plants attached to the driftwood and a few around the tank. Going to have one decent piece of floating flora. I'm sure I'll think of something else.

If you have some ideas..please..by all means share them with me.




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PostSubject: Re: Bought our new tank! Excitment abounds!!   Fri Feb 19, 2010 3:59 pm

Looking good..... Very Happy

Loving the drift wood...........

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PostSubject: Re: Bought our new tank! Excitment abounds!!   Fri Feb 19, 2010 4:57 pm

Thank you!! My wife found that at the very back of the bottom shelf at Petsmart behind a bunch of crap pieces. I'm lazy..I never would have looked there. Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: Bought our new tank! Excitment abounds!!   Fri Feb 19, 2010 9:39 pm

Nifty looking little tank you have yourself Bwompus, personally I would have had look at a black back ground ( that's only because I'm black obssesed), will be be nice when you have it finished and stocked, a few blue rams or bolivian butterflies would look great in there.

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PostSubject: Re: Bought our new tank! Excitment abounds!!   Mon Feb 22, 2010 12:58 pm

Thank you Kurosaki. The other side of the blue is black..so I can change it if I want to. As of today the tank is still cycling. The driftwood has made the tank a nice amber color. It suggested I boil it for 15 minutes or just let it cycle itself. I don't have a pot that big to put it in or I would have.

A pet store about 1/2 mile form my house called Animal House have male and female juvies L-144A and a beautiful L-144 adult male for sale. I hope no one gets the adult male or the juvie albino female before my tank is ready.
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PostSubject: Re: Bought our new tank! Excitment abounds!!   Mon Feb 22, 2010 9:31 pm

There is a product in OZ called "BIO CHEM-ZORB" that is great for removing the tannined colour from your water, thats if you don't want the tea brown colour .Bio chem-zorb is a high carbon based product with additional "stuff" that promotes
good growth of good bacterias while the carbon content works on dis-colouration of the water.
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PostSubject: Re: Bought our new tank! Excitment abounds!!   Tue Feb 23, 2010 12:36 pm

Found some!! Thanks a bunch!!
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PostSubject: Re: Bought our new tank! Excitment abounds!!   Thu Mar 04, 2010 2:58 am

nice looking tank i have a mini version of that tank,.. love the driftwood its a beautifull big piece, i need a bigger more interesting piece for mine too.
good luck look forward to seing it stocked
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PostSubject: Re: Bought our new tank! Excitment abounds!!   Tue Mar 09, 2010 5:12 pm

Thanks Rexy! I've posted pics here.

http://www.bristlenoseworld.com/fresh-photo-s-f45/tank-is-up-and-running-great-t1132.htm
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PostSubject: Re: Bought our new tank! Excitment abounds!!   Tue Mar 09, 2010 9:53 pm

Why'd you link the pix ? It would have been better to add the pix here and that way you get a post with a sload of views and replies- that's only what I would have done.
Still belter of a setup( for a little tank Laughing )
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PostSubject: Re: Bought our new tank! Excitment abounds!!   Wed Mar 10, 2010 10:35 am

Lovely setup and loving the cories - they're stunning little catfish. Not sure I can identify these ones - which are they ? I had hatchets when I was in 'Nam - get yourself plenty of flosting cover if you want to see them at their best. Salvinia Natans is a great floating plant - and will grow very quickly so make sure you "harvest" on a fairly regular basis. Its also a nitrate and phosphate "hoover".
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PostSubject: Re: Bought our new tank! Excitment abounds!!   Wed Mar 10, 2010 1:38 pm

Kurosaki J wrote:
Why'd you link the pix ? It would have been better to add the pix here and that way you get a post with a sload of views and replies- that's only what I would have done.
Still belter of a setup( for a little tank Laughing )
cheers J

I'm a newb when it comes to forums Very Happy This is only the second one I've ever joined.

Little tank?!? LMAO!! Its huge compared to the 10 gallon my wife has. A friend of mine is selling her house and she's giving us her 29 gallon set up when we get back from our mini vacation. My wife is gonna be in charge of that one. It'll be colorful to say the least.
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PostSubject: Re: Bought our new tank! Excitment abounds!!   Wed Mar 10, 2010 1:41 pm

MarkOrm wrote:
Lovely setup and loving the cories - they're stunning little catfish. Not sure I can identify these ones - which are they ? I had hatchets when I was in 'Nam - get yourself plenty of flosting cover if you want to see them at their best. Salvinia Natans is a great floating plant - and will grow very quickly so make sure you "harvest" on a fairly regular basis. Its also a nitrate and phosphate "hoover".

Thanks for the info!!

I have no idea what the cories are. I haven't seen a pic of those, and i've been looking. Thay almost look like a cross between a panda and false julia I think.
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