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03-18-2013, 08:08 PM #11
I agree, that is a lot of bottom dwelling fish. How about picking one cory species and getting 10 of one species instead of 7 of 2 different species. The ones you listed get up to 2.5 and 3 inches each, have you considered the smaller panda cory? They would be better suited for the footprint of a 29g. Personally, I would choose either the ram or the pleco (I like clowns), just to keep plenty of room in the bottom of the tank.When I go fishing I just throw sharp rocks in the water and wait for the dead fish to float to the top... Kingfisher
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03-18-2013, 08:24 PM #12
i'd say either buy via aquabid or find a good local dealer and even then check the identification
Everyone has been telling me to keep at least 7 corys of a type (I have no experience with them) so considering how small they are and how the actual obstacles of driftwood and plants are mostly vertical along with a sand bottom I thought it would be okay. It does sounds like a ton of fish on my tank bottom but when I think about it they will likely come in at an inch or so.
03-19-2013, 07:05 PM #13
I was thinking of the size I'd get them at I didn't realize that they can get near 3 inches. Now I'm thinking maybe 7-10 or so of the sterba. I wish I could do 2 groups of 5 but it seems that isn't the way to go. I really like the look of the sterba corys and that way like you said I'd have one big happy school with a nice dwarf pleco instead of more corys.
My LFS can get me sterbas for 7 bucks a piece which is kinda high; I'd order online but with how my tank is I can't order all the fish I want at once so shipping would kill me. I'm still waiting to hear their prices on the tetras and plecos I want.
Sterbas can also handle the higher temps a GBR would like; unlike many of my other cory options. Something I also need to take into consideration with a pleco. I've always kept central/south american cichlids and kind of miss them so I will def. be getting a GBR.
Also on the note of higher temps what are some good dwarf plecos for 80-82 degree water??
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03-19-2013, 08:24 PM #14
03-20-2013, 12:23 AM #15
Have you researched a Bulldog Rubber-lipped pleco? I have one which got along well with my GBR pair and 6 Panda Cories in a driftwood. planted 29 gallon. Weekly veggie feeding were a must but everyone seemed content until they found a 55 gallon to call home. Now minus the GBR pair, they reside in my sons somewhat smaller tank with the schools of tetras.
If your going to stock on the heavy side make sure you have as much filtration as you can afford.Warning; Bulldog Pleco guarding my Sons tank now..
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03-20-2013, 01:27 AM #16
Planet catfish is down so I haven't been able to look into plecos much but my only concern about a bulldog rubber-lipped is that my tanks black sand and background so I need fish that will stand out.
I'm rocking an emperor 400, and 2 jebos each rated at 100gph; I turn over my tank water 20 times an hour atm. I have as many filters that can fit on the back as possible. I could look into maybe swapping those 2 jebos out for a bio wheel filter or something similar as long as it can fit in 12 inches of space. I will never buy another emperor tho, not because they aren't good filters but because they are noisy as hell even having replaced parts on it after wear.
03-20-2013, 02:25 AM #17
Are the Jebos canister filters? I have only run a Fluval canister and it was super quiet and it did the job. The 350 Penguin with duel Bio-wheels was ok but a little noisy when the water level dropped 1/2 inch.
I haven't tried a larger AC type HOB but alot of hobbyists say they rock.
I like canisters for the quiet, easy to clean, and they do the job.
My tank has black gravel and the bulldog sticks out on it. He makes sure you see him, like a pet dog. "Give me a treat." is what I get out of that. lolWarning; Bulldog Pleco guarding my Sons tank now..
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03-20-2013, 02:44 PM #18
I haven't ever used canister filters but it's crossed my mind; it's a shame I got so many emperor 400s and jebos that hang off the back when I first got started with the hobby. The jebos are quiet but the emperor makes a constant humming sound which drives me nuts if the tank water is so high you can't hear the water sound to cover it up.
My fish tank is in my zen room so no electronics etc just my fish, a papasan chair, and my library. The humming would be nice to get rid of with a nice quiet canister filter.I really like the idea of making the switch but wouldn't it cause another cycle? or could I use the filter media I have inside the hanging filters?
You really love your bulldog pleco don't you? They look pretty cool, I did some research (planetcatfish is still down for me) and they get 5 inches which would be a lil too big for my 29g how it's stocked, unless I found the wrong species while looking. I'm aiming for a 3-4inch max size pleco.
04-07-2013, 10:01 PM #19
-> I really like the idea of making the switch but wouldn't it cause another cycle? or could I use the filter media I have inside the hanging filters?
Replying to post number 18, if you are transferring from one filter to another you can run both in parallel for a while I have seen others say run in parallel for 8 weeks. That's what I am currently doing with my bio wheel, it will be transferred to tank in the garage where the noise it makes will no longer interfere with the TV. Transferring the media would work typically work unless it is a bio-wheel or used to getting more oxygen than in the cannister. I will be making the final part of my switch as soon as I have sorted out power extensions in the garage next week.
I use an Aquatop Cf-500 behemoth for my cannister, there are smaller versions though. It is very quiet and stays quiet so long as you don't accidentally run it dry and damage the impeller. The reviews online might give you the impression that it is silent but that is not the case. I don't notice the noise unless there are no other sounds.Mucky
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04-08-2013, 04:21 AM #20
It can't be louder than my emperor 400 that thing drives me insane. Also with sand the impellers wear rather fast so I'm always buying new ones; maybe when I have some extra cash I'll do like you said with a canister filter.
Still debating getting more light for the tank if my god forsaken driftwood would sink I've been waiting 2 months now and its still tied down in there to a bigass rock. I could order a nice package from mikeswetpets on aquabid. All I got was junk plant wise around here infested with MTS even when I took my koi back and got free plants they were sad looking compared to what that guy sells on aquabid.