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Old 12-22-2010, 07:02 PM   #21 
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I would like to without the fish; I heard of one with a shrimp in a sock I was going to use.
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Old 12-22-2010, 07:03 PM   #22 
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Having the plants in there would help with cycling too wouldnt it?
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Old 12-22-2010, 07:05 PM   #23 
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okay :) Though, with a large tank like yours, you'll need more than one shrimp.

and yes, plants do help with the cycle, though they aren't necessary.
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Old 12-22-2010, 07:42 PM   #24 
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But plants are pretty, and I hate how plastic plants look. :P

This is what I came up with for fish stock; I changed the betta to female because the other fish I like would fight with a male betta (angelfish <3).
Females can still be pretty. :)
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And yea, I'm allergic to shrimp; but it just seems easier. Using shrimp would smell though wouldnt it? Alot?
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Old 12-22-2010, 07:50 PM   #25 
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true :) I'm slowly building my tanks from fake to real plants, and I love the way they look (even though it takes a bit more effort to keep them alive). Females are really pretty, and they're so full of personality and spunk.

Oh... no gouramis. I know it's more of a risk with males, but still, gouramis and bettas are basically cousins, and so if one decides to dominate the top surface, the other would have a difficult time sneaking around to get air (unless you heavily plant the tank and have enough places where the line of sight is broken up at the surface of the water)

You can use pieces of raw fish if you are allergic to shrimp. While cycling, there will be a faint odor. However, if you use a turkey baster (for the fish tanks) to suck the mold off the shrimp as it grows, the smell won't be that bad. Once you do your 80-90% water change when the params are 0 ammonia 0 nitrites and 5+nitrAtes, there will be no smell.
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Old 12-22-2010, 08:02 PM   #26 
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ok; lol
I just liked the gourmais because it was yellow.
And i was planning on putting lots of plants in there.

Is there only one 90% water change? That's alot of water to change more than once. :P
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Old 12-22-2010, 08:42 PM   #27 
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Oh, true, you have a larger tank... in that case, you might not want to do a 90%, maybe something more like 50%, and then a smaller one right before you start introducing your fish..

Weekly changes after that will be necessary, the size depends on how stocked your tank is and how many plants you have in there. I'm not familiar with angel fish, but I read they were aggressive and that they grow big (my concern is they might eat the smaller fish, though I don't know) . Make sure you know for certain from as many different sources as possible that all your fish can live together peacefully.
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Old 12-22-2010, 09:08 PM   #28 
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Yea; I made sure the angels wont eat the schools :P
I'm actually just worried about the betta attacking them.

I was planning on putting plants down the back and sides of the tank with decos and rocks with moss in the middle.
But now I'm thinking the angels are going to need a bit more to hide in.

Also; would a snail help with algae? Like a sucker fish would (i dont know the actualy name)?
I know snails reproduce on their own but I also know that the angels will eat them; I'm not sure if they would be enough for population control tho.

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Old 12-22-2010, 09:15 PM   #29 
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if you get ottos, you'll have to feed them too, and they won't eat all types of algea. Same goes with the snails. Goodness knows, they'll help some, but ridding the tank of algae is also your responsibility.
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Old 12-22-2010, 09:24 PM   #30 
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Yes, I know; but being in school whatever help I can get isn't refused. :P
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