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Re: 75g Tang Tank: Stocking List

Postby Dawg2012 » Sun Jul 08, 2012 4:34 pm

Okay the Python is mere convenience and doesn't do anything to add ingredients and/or chemicals. I thought perhaps it drip fed and/or premixed agents into the water going back into the tank.

So do most people do their water change THEN add whatever agents they use to increase hardness/pH? Same question for dechlorinator... I've heard chlorine kills bacteria fast - so do you add the dechlorinator before refilling the tank? I never worried about it too much with mbuna but I've heard Tangs are more sensitive and I want to do it right.

Sorry - I'm not trying to hijack this thread :). I hope this information is useful for both of us.
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Re: 75g Tang Tank: Stocking List

Postby Storiwyr » Sun Jul 08, 2012 5:39 pm

I need to bring home my test kit and check it out of the tap. I live really close to my LFS, but it would be nice if my tap water were more like yours, Dawg! Would save me some work! ;)
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Re: 75g Tang Tank: Stocking List

Postby DJRansome » Sun Jul 08, 2012 9:27 pm

I think it's better to add dechlor first and buffers midstream.

2G mix is 2 gallons of water in a bucket mixed with ehough buffer for your whole water change. Add it as you refill the tank with tap water from the Python.
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Re: 75g Tang Tank: Stocking List

Postby Storiwyr » Sun Jul 08, 2012 11:47 pm

Okay! I thought that might be what it was, DJ, but wanted some confirmation. Thanks so much!

Dawg, please keep asking questions if you have them, I'm definitely learning from them too! ;)
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Re: 75g Tang Tank: Stocking List

Postby Dawg2012 » Mon Jul 09, 2012 1:02 am

It's too bad DJ is on the other side of the country or I'd offer to take you guys out for a beer/margarita and trade sec... er... listen to his wisdom :oops:.
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125 Afra, Red-Top Hongi, White/Yellow labs
75 Multies, Cyps and Caudo's (maybe)
75 White Calvus, in work (want another Afra tank :) )
55's Paracyps, Alto's, Peacock, BN Pleco's
Various others...
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Re: 75g Tang Tank: Stocking List

Postby Dawg2012 » Wed Jul 11, 2012 4:40 pm

So how's the cycling going?

Any changes to the stocking list?
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125 Afra, Red-Top Hongi, White/Yellow labs
75 Multies, Cyps and Caudo's (maybe)
75 White Calvus, in work (want another Afra tank :) )
55's Paracyps, Alto's, Peacock, BN Pleco's
Various others...
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Re: 75g Tang Tank: Stocking List

Postby Storiwyr » Wed Jul 11, 2012 4:49 pm

Was a bit delayed in my plans by being sick the last two days, but we're going to set up the filter on the office tank this afternoon and run it ten days. We're probably going to use only one filter for now because there isn't a good way to put two on the tank at work at this point.

No real stocking changes, though I was looking at the ocellatus earlier today and pondering the possibility of doing those instead of multies. I just don't know yet. I probably won't know for sure til I actually go to get fish! ;)
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Re: 75g Tang Tank: Stocking List

Postby Dawg2012 » Wed Jul 11, 2012 4:56 pm

Sorry to hear you've been sick :(.

I have Gold occies here at work. They'd really stick out nice against that Tahitian Moon sand you got :thumb: . My understanding is they're a little more... aggressive than multies... and the males/older juvies are more likely to cannibalize fry. They sure are pretty though... gold bodies with the purple tinting.

Anyway, was just curious... It's fun to strategize even if you change your mind the day of purchase :)
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125 Afra, Red-Top Hongi, White/Yellow labs
75 Multies, Cyps and Caudo's (maybe)
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55's Paracyps, Alto's, Peacock, BN Pleco's
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Re: 75g Tang Tank: Stocking List

Postby Storiwyr » Sat Jul 14, 2012 1:58 pm

My husband would like to know if there are any Synodontis catfish that can live in (relative) peace with E. cyanostictus, Cyps, Multies and Calvus? Do they occupy the bottom too much and then just stress out the shellies?
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Re: 75g Tang Tank: Stocking List

Postby DJRansome » Sat Jul 14, 2012 5:13 pm

Yes, they stress out the shellies. You can have them instead of shellies though. I like multipunctata, lucipinnis and petricola in groups.
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Re: 75g Tang Tank: Stocking List

Postby Storiwyr » Sat Jul 14, 2012 5:35 pm

Poor Shellies, so easily stressed and yet SO awesome. I may have to go your route eventually, DJ and do a Malawi tank with Synos. :)
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Re: 75g Tang Tank: Stocking List

Postby Storiwyr » Thu Jul 19, 2012 12:13 am

So my original stocking list was for 12 Cyps. Unfortunately, my LFS only had 8 of the Kerenge Island, which was the variety I really wanted. Is 8 enough? I just wasn't sure if 12 was a maximum or a minimum to keep them happy. Should I add four more when they come back into stock again, or is it REALLY important to have more, and should I try and find them online?
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Re: 75g Tang Tank: Stocking List

Postby DJRansome » Thu Jul 19, 2012 6:03 am

12 is the minimum, but they will not likely die without 4 more individuals. You could add 4 when they come back into stock, especially if they are not yet mature. Watch them for signs of fighting and/or darting into things and injuring themselves. Keep the tank completely covered every minute of every day, LOL.
125G Aulonocara, Malawi Haps, Vics (trial), S Polli
75G Demasoni, Labs, Cyno hara, Met estherae, S Multipunctata
75G Calvus, Caudopunctatus, Cyp Kerenge, S Petricola
33G Neo omnicaeruleus; 33G Flameback Kisumu; 33G P nyererei Igombe; 33G Hap ruby green
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Re: 75g Tang Tank: Stocking List

Postby Storiwyr » Thu Jul 19, 2012 5:02 pm

I have to say, I mostly did Cyps for the purpose of having an open water fish for my community. I wasn't too excited with their appearance, but now that they're in there and I can watch them sort of wandering around the tank together, I have to say I really love them! They're incredibly interesting to watch as a schooling fish. I'm really pleased with the Lake Tangs so far, I'm glad I went that direction.

Although my husband texted me from the LFS today and said he wants a Hap tank now. Like he thought I was going to say no! ;)
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