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Thread: 40 Breeder Upgrade
03-22-2014, 01:41 AM #1
40 Breeder Upgrade
OK, not too much to see but my tank upgrade was successful today. No more 26 gal infested with MTS.
Here's the 40 breeder with the Fluval C4 on the left and the AC50 on the right. Time will tell but
so far I really do like this filter. You can see the size difference, so I'm guessing the C4 is maybe
equivalent to an AC70?
Because of the silver dollars, these are all silk plants except for a few baby Java ferns tucked into the driftwood.
Still a little cloudy but you get the idea. I'll need a longer light too at some point but for now this will do.
There's 2 SD's, 4 long finned zebra danios, 1 blood fin tetra, 5 glolight tetras, and a male BNP. Not increasing
any schools as I've had this combination for about 10 yrs, maybe a little more. They can enjoy what they have
while they last but down the road will be looking for a change. Might just add a school of cories.
Best thing about this upgrade is that the SD's no longer freak out when we approach the tank.
I think it must have been something either about the bow front they were in or perhaps the lighting was too bright,
because even while they were in a 20 gal holding tank without a light during the switch, they were quite calm.
03-26-2014, 07:56 AM #2
Congratulations!!! Even though you didn't want to add to the schools I guarantee it would look better and the fish would be happier if you had a school of 6-8 sand dollars, 6-8 danios and 6-8 blood find, you probably think they are happy now, but wait and see how happy they will be with the new additions.
03-26-2014, 12:45 PM #3
I understand what you're saying, but at some time we all like to switch it up.
10 years with the same combinations gets old. Silver Dollars live a long, long time
as evidenced by my two here (8-10 years old) and I have many ideas of other
species I'd like to keep in this tank down the road. I was almost tempted
to add 2 more SD's when I saw some very young ones at the store a few days ago, but I
resisted. I don't want to commit to another 10+ year for this one fish.
I already have 5 other tanks from 5 gals to 25 gals so adding any more is out of the question.
I'll just be waiting this one out and enjoying it as is for now. But thanks for your comments.
03-26-2014, 01:36 PM #4
I like the more natural look you have there, even if the plants are fake
It is amazing how some people do not think about the average life span the fish we keep can be when they are kept in proper conditions. Many of the fish that I am currently keeping have been found in the wild to live as long as 38 years
If you can not keep them in proper sized schools,then lots of hiding spots for them will also help them to feel calm and safe. Looks like you have that alreadyIf you take your time to do the research FIRST, you can successfully set-up and keep ANY type of aquarium with ease.
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03-26-2014, 02:22 PM #5
03-27-2014, 01:45 AM #6
Thanks, Matt and Cliff for your comments.
The driftwood could have been placed several ways, but I decided on this placement as it
gives it a little height which does create a better hiding place behind it. One of the SD's
likes to hang out there a lot. I see him a feeding time, and after lights out. The other SD
is braver and is out front all the time. So, I am happy with the tank as is and feel
these guys will live happily too.
Of course, I'm starting to think about what else I could add but I'm not going to rush into anything yet.