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  1. Default Decorating my tank


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    I recently "inherited" a 4-foot long aquarium and before I start buying fishes, I would like to have a nice decor in it. Maybe a theme or something?!

    Do you have ideas? I'd like a good looking aquarium but that won't cost me thousands of dollars.

    I have searched the Net but couldn't find much...

    Thanks.

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    ...congrats on your tank! Such a great size to start with!

    Before you do anything...decide what kind of fish you like the most...that will to some extent dictate your set-up...

    I prefer the natural look...stones, driftwood, brown gravel, live plants (not always possible though, depending on the fish)...

    Also remember the key to a successful tank is research and patience...don't rush it...
    55 g Goldfish Tank - 5 Fancies, 2 Dojos
    25 g Tropical Tank - Celestial Pearl Danio/Mixed

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    Rue is so right. Be patient and be sure to fully research the fish you want to keep. DO NOT just take the word of the people at the fish store, they are often just there for a job, not because they understand fish or fish keeping. Also, go with a fishless cycle. It is by far the best way to establish a tank. Your fish will thank you for it in the long run and you will encounter far fewer problems during the cycle.

    Decoration of an aquarium is an individualized affair. Some people like the natural look, myself typically included. I also have a gargoyle-themed tank, and my daughter's 35 gallon has ultra-colorful gravel, a dolphin air decoration, etc. Fun is fun and it can be anything you like.

    Go here to see a great variety of tank setups with both real and artificial plants.

    http://www.ratemyfishtank.com/
    8 tanks running now:
    1x 220 gallon, 2x55 gallon, 1x40 gallon long, 1x29 gallon, 1x20 gallon long, 1x5.5 gallon, 1x2 gallon
    Gouramis, barbs, rasboras, plecos, corys, tetras, fancy guppies, swordtails, ottos, rainbow shark, upside-down catfish, snails, and Max and Sparkles the bettas.

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    Try searching for "aquascaping". That should give you tons of stuff to look at for inspiration :)

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    Also consider just browsing an online shop such as the one below (no affiliation with Big Al's other than being a happy customer) to see what kinds of decorations are available.

    http://www.bigalsonline.com/
    8 tanks running now:
    1x 220 gallon, 2x55 gallon, 1x40 gallon long, 1x29 gallon, 1x20 gallon long, 1x5.5 gallon, 1x2 gallon
    Gouramis, barbs, rasboras, plecos, corys, tetras, fancy guppies, swordtails, ottos, rainbow shark, upside-down catfish, snails, and Max and Sparkles the bettas.

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    Thanks for the information. I am still not sure on which fishes to go with... I thought maybe some of these (of course I have to check the sizes before deciding but this is a wish list):

    Rosy and/or gold barbs
    Pictus polka-dot catfish
    Pearl Cichlid, green severum or ***my favorite*** blood parrot cichlid
    Dwarf or pearl gouramis
    Clown loaches
    Red tail or tricolor shark
    Black tetras
    Chinese algae eaters
    Silver dollars

    Any thoughts?

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    the blood parrot might get aggressive, but severums are friendly for the most part

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    The chinese algae eaters (assuming this is Gyrinocheilus aymonieri) are quite active and can be aggressive. Any quiet fish like gouramies might not appreciate that.

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    for posting that article, I laughed so much!!!!!!!! - ScottishFish Kick back and enjoy the day when your done your painting - Cliff thanks for the rep! - EowynShieldmaiden Otis thanks you for the rep - Cliff This one will have a longer life span, sorry to hear about your fish - Cliff 
    For being a smarty pants and figuring out my riddle so fast! :) - escamosa The last one of these Ill ever give! Enjoy the AC bucks Rue! - smaug Yes, there is still a place in today's world for the  Darwin Awarads - Cliff Thanks for the Rep!!! :) - C-Dub Merry Christmas - Cliff 
    Merry Christmas Rue - jeffs99dime Holiday Ham has come today from the eve until Boxing Day! - Trillianne Merry Cristmas and Happy Holidays Rue. - Strider199 It's a Christmas Bunny, Merry Christmas. - gadget228 lol, thanks for the rep.  Have one on me! =] - KevinVA 
    Merry Christmas - Cliff Thanks!  You have a great holiday season as well! - sheamurai Merry Christmas - gadget228 What is a good Holiday Ham to do, but bring some cheer to my good friend Rue! - Trillianne Just Because - Surfdog 
    Aphasia - Asthma/Allergies - Brain Cancer - Brain Tumors - Diabetes - Mental Illness - Rue Eating Disorders - Esophageal Cancer - Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease - Irritable Bowel Syndrome - Pulmonary Hypertension - Rue 

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    Good start!

    A lot of the fish you posted aren't compatible.

    Cichlids need a cichlid tank...and even then, you have to be very careful what kinds you mix together.

    You can have some of the others together, since your tank is big enough, but not all.

    If the blood parrots are your favourites, set up the tank for them. Silver dollars (at least 3) will go well with them...and you can likely have your clown loaches and 1 red-tailed black shark as well. And I think that would be it.
    55 g Goldfish Tank - 5 Fancies, 2 Dojos
    25 g Tropical Tank - Celestial Pearl Danio/Mixed

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    Research size, temperament, water condition requirements, and compatible tankmates and you're off to a good start.
    8 tanks running now:
    1x 220 gallon, 2x55 gallon, 1x40 gallon long, 1x29 gallon, 1x20 gallon long, 1x5.5 gallon, 1x2 gallon
    Gouramis, barbs, rasboras, plecos, corys, tetras, fancy guppies, swordtails, ottos, rainbow shark, upside-down catfish, snails, and Max and Sparkles the bettas.

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