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    I'm in the process of setting up a 36 gallon bowfront. The plan right now is to populate it with mollies and red cherry shrimp (which I plan to order from Triton, thanks for the tip, Slap!). I think a tank this size could potentially house hundreds of those little shrimp, I'm very excited at the prospect. I do admit that I have a somewhat sinister motive for choosing livebearers and prolific shrimp for this tank. I think the pictus cats in my 55 will appreciate the occasional live snack once the population of this tank starts to get out of control.

    I got everything up and running yesterday. Filtration is provided by a Sunsun HW-302. I've never used one of these filters before, but the price is so good I was finally tempted to buy one. I will say that there is a ton of space inside for whatever media you might choose. It's bigger than the Marineland C220 that I run on one of my other tanks, and a bit smaller than the Marineland C360. I didn't do a great job of cleaning the gravel before I put it in the tank, so I got the water pretty dirty when I filled it up last night. It was crystal clear this morning.



    Here's a fairly boring pic of the tank as it sits right now. There are a few plants in it now, but I just stuck them in there for lack of a better place to keep them overnight. I'll begin aquascaping this tank today, those plants will eventually end up back in there, along with a few that I plan to pull from other tanks, and I'll most likely buy some new ones as well.

    More pictures to come later.

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    if you want plenty of molly fry - just get a pair of males and about 4 females. Feed them twice a day and you will be up to your eyeballs in molly fry. in about 10-12 weeks they reach an inch long and are just under 1/2 inch when they are born already free swimming. The amount of fry depends on the species. I have gotten as little as one from the first back and over 10 from later ones.
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    That tank looks nice, you'll have alot of fun with it!
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    Looks great! Will mollies eat shrimp?
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    mollies will eat whatever fits in their mouths - they are omnivores after all
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1Sarah View Post
    Looks great! Will mollies eat shrimp?
    I expect I'll lose some babies to the mollies, but when finished this tank should have enough hiding places to ensure that a good number survive.

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    Good looking tank. Good luck and keep us posted of your progress.
    ask ?'s and change some water pair of JD's and loving it.

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    So I most definitely should have washed my gravel more thoroughly last night. I've got two large pieces of wood which are attached to flat stones on the bottom to keep them in position.Getting them in place required moving the gravel around quite a bit. I've got the water so cloudy now that I can barely see through it. In hindsight, I should have put the wood in first, then added the gravel. Well you live and learn. Sometimes you just live.

    No pictures until the water clears again.

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    Once it clears you can give your sponges/filter pads a good rinse, they'll be pretty dirty...before you begin to cycle, of course
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    very nice and thats just a preliminary pic...I love shrimp tanks, will be following this journal.

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