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Innes' tips for planning a community tank

Posted 24 May 2003 - 10:59 AM (#1) User is offline   Innes 

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My tip for picking any community is you need to plan it out before hand!!!

you need to think about:

*the main fish - every tank has the fish you most like, when I was younger this was often a betta, but now it is sometimes a cichlid, or an eel or something that just impresses me so much - this is the fish that decides the size of fish in your community tank, you now have to think of tankmates that are compatible with that fish and each other

*area of the water - top, middle and bottom, try to fill all 3 areas, generally this is some catfish and some fish with mouth's pointing forwards, and some with upturned mouth's.

*colour - this is not as important as the other aspects, but it can be annoying when you realise all your fish are black or silver or yellow

*activities of the fish - some fish will not be very active, some are nocturnal, some bury themselves for most of their lives, some are territorial, some are just plain mean.
you don't want all of your fish to be shy of nocturnal as your tank will look empty, so if you have this problem add some shoaling fish or really active fish.

*add something other than fish - you might want a crayfish, crabs, frogs, newts, shrimp or any other aquatic creature that will not eat your fish, or be eaten.
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Posted 24 May 2003 - 11:19 AM (#2) User is offline   thePACK 

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i vote innes for mod in this forum...very good tips
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Posted 24 May 2003 - 11:30 AM (#3) User is offline   Innes 

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I would not be able to help any further as a mod - the only thing that would mean is I would be able to edit your posts :ooh:
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Posted 24 May 2003 - 11:37 AM (#4) User is offline   thePACK 

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well fine then i take it back ..no mod job for you... :ooh:
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Posted 24 May 2003 - 11:40 AM (#5) User is offline   Innes 

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thanks for the nomination :thumbup: :ooh:
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Posted 24 May 2003 - 04:21 PM (#6) User is offline   thePACK 

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i vote innes for mod in this forum...very good tips

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Posted 24 May 2003 - 06:18 PM (#8) User is offline   dead golfish 

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looks like that cat broke into the coffee container

Posted 24 May 2003 - 06:20 PM (#9) User is offline   dead golfish 

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hey innes I was wonderin if this would be a good set up:

1 pea puffer
1 crab
1 frog
1 eel
5 guppies

Posted 24 May 2003 - 06:21 PM (#10) User is offline   dead golfish 

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in a 10g
I no itll be overstocked but I may scratch out the frog i donno I would like ur opinion though

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aside from all of this nice new avatar Innes, but I never knew you where twins :frank:

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The frog will eat the crab. Thats what happened with my red clawed crab and my African clawed frogs. They took off a pincher and 2 lege

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Actually it didn't die, I'ts now living in my 5.5 gal but it still has no pincher or legs

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Posted 30 May 2003 - 09:57 AM (#14) User is offline   Innes 

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yeah I thought it might, at first I put one with chenise fire belly newts untill a few hours later one was dead with a missing leg.


do not underestimate the power of Arfican clawed frogs - thay can do some damage!!!
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Posted 30 May 2003 - 09:57 AM (#15) User is offline   Innes 

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the dwarf frogs may work, but they might get niped from the crabs
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