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  1. I got 6 hatchets. They're adorable. Remind me of that fish called "cheep cheep" from mario. xD
  2. I know they are in the same family as a piranha. I had looked that up a long time ago. Thus why I said "my tetras are like little piranhas" it was kinda joke inside a joke if that makes sense. xD See cause I hear most people saying when somethings ravenous it's like a piranha. So I knew tetras were the cousins of the piranhas. So you get the image? xD Somewhat planted. I'm going to plant it a bit further maybe later on. Not sure yet.
  3. To be honest though. It's really hard to choose because whatever I choose will have an impact on the tank and wether it's possitive or negative depends on the choice... SO I'm aiming to be ultra carefull. First thing I need to do is add more black skirts to even out the nipping. I also heard un-even numbers tend to be good with schoolers. Idk why though. So I guess ill try 11 or 13skirts in total and 6-7fish of a small schooling type. I know I can pull it off in this tank. I mean it's not super big but the plants do help with the maintance plus I keep up with my water changes and everythings been checking out fine. Either way if they end up getting over crowded I have a back up plan for that. One of my 55g tank has a turtle with NO tank mates but this turtle is a pansy. It never bothers any fish. I once had it in a community tank but I wanted to do a diff tank for her. She never bit any fish. She's quite old too. She's a DBT I'm pretty sure she won't change her personality. It's a gamble though that I'd be willing to take.
  4. My tetras are like little piranhas. .___.;; I assumed they'd be peacefull (everwhere online I read said they were)... Till I saw nitpicking between the group. Then I read the larger the group the less of that. SO I decided to "Treat" them like a tiger barb. Anything below 10 fish will become aggressive. Anything below 6fish then you're stupid for even trying that. xD lolAnywho. I think I may go for either Zebra danios; i'ved seen these guys in action and they may be small but they're pretty darn fast(hyper) and obnoxious towards anything that bothers them. Or the raspbora, or the hatchet. Not the silver ones though. I read those die easily. I don't want something that dies out of nowhere.
  5. I'm contemplating both. Hoping I could get tons of suggestions so I can have a broader sense of what are great fish for a 29g that will spend time at the top or mid to top. I'd prefer it to be schooling, extremely hardy for a fish. I'ved delt with danios- strong and hardy but way cumbersome to keep. Because they're short lived and they tend to be nippy. I'd also like it NOT to be a fuzzy eater so I don't have to go out of my way to find something like blackworms or such. I mean i buy some of those but not constantly. I do like stuff like mosquito fish but not sure they would fit in my requirements of "fairly long lived" 2-3 years is kinda short imo(you never know if you're buying an older fish... like say a year older...).
  6. Hmm I love these fish but I'm wondering their hardiness? and I have strong flow from the 40i(filter) will they be able to tolerate it? the skirt tetras can (i anticipated the flow) because I put a barrier so that the bottom part doesn't get a super strong flow. Which they hang out about middle to bottom. So yeah. They seem active and inquisitive though I see nipping amongst the group. I think it's because the group is small? There are a total of 7tetras. I also don't want to push too much on the fish tank limit. I'm thinking 20 SMALL fish is the tap for a 29g. 22 or 24 would be "okay" but pushing it.P.s. : Won't the hatched fish jump? I don't have a lid. Just a good hood. But the hood only covers 1/3 of the opening. So yeah I don't want to get a reg lid since I need to do some adjustments so i wanna get plexiglasss which has to wait for a week (not counting this week).
  7. Okay so I have a 29g I had cycled a month ago and started to add 7 black skirt tetras. I'm thinking of adding 2-3 more of the skirt tetras. But I want a top dwelling schooling fish that wont attack my tetras or be attacked( i.e. any long fined fish is a no go). I would love the schoal to consist of small fish. No bigger than a black skirt tetra itself! 1.5inch to 2.5inch is fine. The tanks temp is 72 degrees (but can be changed from that to 68-77) the tank has a strong water pump in it to make sure all the waste goes to the filter(the current is kinda lessened by some obstacles). The tank has anacharis and cabomba plants. It has a whisper 40i(intank filter-- for small tanks in my opinion is perfect). Tank has gravel a log that I'm using as "drift-wood". I'm thinking I may put floating plants if I need to. But yeah. Any suggestions from experienced tropical fish keepers(those who have delt with the species and have successfully kept them-- not a requirement but would be a plus) welcomed.
  8. Nah re-check the amounts given
  9. Hmm will do! I do water changes every other week or sometimes weekly or sometimes bi-weekly. I change it up sometimes I guess.
  10. I never check for nitrates o.O
  11. I used to change water 2x a week 80-90% each time. I figured out that's a bad idea... Apparently they got stressed out by that so I now do 80% water change weekly or every other week. I have a total of 10 goldfish. The water is always clean and crystal clear. I'm still working on the sump idea with the uvb because I had to cash out alot on the tank. xD Around a thousand something. I had to buy it new. I ended up finding a lionhead that has an all orangy golden body but from the gills to the lip is white. Like another user over here has a goldfish that looks just like that. Same breed and everything. I call him/her apollo. Cost me 15 bucks for it and another 15 for a large pearlscale. lol. They lowered the price for me cause I used to work there and they have good quality goldies over there. xD I don't feed peas really btw. I actually tried different care methods but it really didn't work for me. Untill now this is the best method I'ved been using. No illness. No stress. No torn fins.
  12. Okay I thought I would post what I do to keep my goldfish in tip top shape! I actually finally got a 150gallon tank set up and I have 10 goldfish in there. I also find out why I used to have fin nipping problems. They weren't being fed enough. Did you know that goldfish have no "stomach" per say? Just a long intestinal track that draws LITTLE nutrients? Therefore it is best to feed very small quantities spread out throughout the day for the best nutrient absorption? Personally since my goldfish are more or less the size of a fist(around 8inch for some and the smallest being 3.5inch and most being 5inch). I feed a tblsp of food per feeding. I feed 5 times a day and only one tablespoon on each feeding(sometimes less). Sometimes I will skip one or two days of feeding. These are saturdays and sundays(good because sometimes I may be too busy to deal with them during the weekends). On each feeding I try to vary what I feed. I also try to make sure I mainly feed veggies(60% and sometimes 100% of the times I will feed veggie based foods). Here is a list of what I feed: -Omega one Super veggie flakes(kelp flakes)1-2 times a day ATLEAST -Hikari Lionhead(I couldn't find the saki hikari yet-- so I'm sticking to this for a while)1time a day ATLEAST -Algea wafers(hikari is the best for it) 1 a day or every other day. -Ocean nutrition Formula 2 flakes(it's actually okay to feed to freshwater fish-read the label) every other day -Sinking carnivore disks(hikari) Once a day is enough for it(gives them that small proteins) or ill alternate with another carnivore based food -Gammarus treats(Once a week or every other week) -Frozen foods(clams, krill, plankton, daphnea, bloodworms, cyclops, hikari shrimp that contains traces of algea, etc) Once every 2-3days alternating from the type of frozen food -Small red earthworms (every 3-5days) Feeding this diet has actually gave me success over the past 4months. I've had no nipped fins. No problems anymore. No constipation ever. So it works for me and my fish. The temp is ussually around 72-74
  13. I think that's why I had said something that cconnects the uv sterilizer to the output of the sump. So all the large particle are already removed and only the bacteria and such go through. But something was said about the output then has to be slow. Which means it would drastically decrease the filters output and cleaning.
  14. Thanks guys! I do have problems because I did introduce a goldfish once without quarantine and I can't seem to kill all thje parasites at once. They keep comming back every other month or so....Right now they're fine and not showing any signs but i'm hoping later"I can get an uv sterilizer. I'm aware that sumps are a pain in the tuckus because you need to re-fill. But that's fine with me. it's easy to access. it will be underneath as gravity works like that. lol. Yes I'm getting a really powerful pump that's why i want the longest and strongest uv light p ossible so no matter how fast the water goes it still kills all the parasites and such.
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