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 Post subject: *Moba grow out tank pictures Need advice plese*
PostPosted: Wed Mar 28, 2012 1:37 am 
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Hello everyone !! just now figureing out how to post pictures :oops: lol Just wanted to show what i have going right now and had a few questions! The picture I have above is one of my 55 grow out tanks with my only frontosas i have as of now ! Inside are F-1 Zaire Moba's I bought In Ohio from joesfish about a week ago. Here is a picture of the fry they are just reaching an inch and are already showing great colors ! I currently have 9 purchased 10 but litterlly just today I lost one around noon ! :( I noticed one of my fronts swimin with somthing in his mouth and it looked like a dead body so I counted instantly and realized I only had 9 now . I took the fish out of his mouth to stop him from eating it and just didnt want waste in my tank, also added a pinch of prime. At first i thought it was one of my corey cats that i got yester day for 2.99 and thought no big deal ! turned out to be one of my mobas. :|
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I am waiting another week before I do any water changes I will start gradually with 20%. In the mean time I am getting my bottom 55 cycled and ready for my next frontosas! also looking for a 125-180 gallon tank to put these in when they get bigger ! I will start building a double stand for the 6foot tank soon when I find a tank , thats when my half of my basment will be the beggining of my fish room lol :D Today I also received a 36-48 inch marineland double bright LED fixture for my birthday!Thought it would look nice and i could purchase a second and move it to a six foot tank in the future and not to mention the electricity saved, i know many people don't think light is necessary, but if im not at school im watching my fish ! that's my TV : P I asked for the 36"-48" because it was cheaper and i thought the 48 would put out to much light besides frontosas are low light fish and I think this would be more comfortable for them. The actual led light part is 36" and stretches to 48" to fit my tank that way leaving little bit of low light on each side of the tank, the fixture also has two light settings. One, Blue (60mW LEDs) and White (1W LEDs) and the second is a lunar mode with the blue LEDs only I like this mode at nighttime! :tired here are the pics
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HEATERS!! ** plese help guys this is my question I unplugged my heater just to gradually let the heat drop from 80! way to high well i keep it at around 73-76 and I forgot over night and the school day to plug it back in. so i got home and checked the tank and it was at 69 ! i instantly plugged my heater in and set it at 72 but my thermometer says 77 right now ?! if you ask me i hate heaters they are an accident waiting to happen and just more electricity ! (not that i pay the bill but i own the tanks!) i dont want to run heaters in my tanks but ugh just confused i will be moving my tanks to the basment were i have a bucket of water sitting down there just to see what the room temp is i check it every day to see were the temp is at. any advice guys really appriatte all help just getting my fish room up and running and cant afford all thoese heaters ! thanks guys glad i got the posting pictures figured out * CREDIT TO BIG JIM ;) thanks guys again !
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 Post subject: Re: *Moba grow out tank pictures Need advice plese*
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Looks like a good start to a nice fish room. I would look into a room heater, or a dehumidifier to keep the room warm.

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sorry for your loss. actually higher tank temps have been known to promote rapid fry growth. 80 is not a bad temp to grow your fronts quickly. i have had heaters go bad and boil half of my fish before i knew it. it actually happened recently. lost 5 julidiochromis marlieri fry i was just about to sell. unfortunately heaters are a necessary evil for those of us in cooler climates for part of the year. it would cost way too much for me to keep my house in the high 70s all winter. my tanks are scattered all over the house in almost every room so i can't just heat one unfortunately. if your heater gets too hot for your liking and you can't turn it down i would suggest a smaller new one. i know these things all add up and get expensive but when you consider how much you pay for your fish a new heater is not that much. i am not convinced that the expensive heaters are any better that the cheaper ones (except the tetra brand......i've had nothing but bad luck with them). i have bought the expensive ones in the past and they didn't last any longer. i would recommend the Hagen Elite heaters. every size they have costs less than $20. :luck

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Big Jim wrote:
Looks like a good start to a nice fish room. I would look into a room heater, or a dehumidifier to keep the room warm.

Good point Jim I actually have 2 dehumidifiers that I could run. Also with a small heater that oscillates and even has a timer but I'm always scared the damn things gunna burn my house down ! :( but Jim thank you so much good point I think that would still be cheaper then running 10 plus heaters. I will plug those in and see what I can get the room temp to stay at I don't know how joes fish does it he doesn't run any heaters in any of his tanks which are also in the basement. Btw as for the fry I'm sorry I haven't got back to you my birthday was yesterday and been really busy between getting this fry settled in and starting some tanks in the basment really hope they are still available just haven't got to running another test on The tank don't want to be unprepared ! Thanks do much for the advice !

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sorry for your loss. actually higher tank temps have been known to promote rapid fry growth. 80 is not a bad temp to grow your fronts quickly. i have had heaters go bad and boil half of my fish before i knew it..... i am not convinced that the expensive heaters are any better that the cheaper ones (except the tetra brand......i've had nothing but bad luck with them). i have bought the expensive ones in the past and they didn't last any longer. i would recommend the Hagen Elite heaters. every size they have costs less than $20. :luck

Thanks iandraco very much sorry for your loss we all know how that feels ! As for the heat correct higher temps grow fry very fast because it speeds their metabolism I just freak out that the tempture will spike higher then that frying all my fry lol but I am running just an Aqueon 150 w I dont think the price matters they all have the same heating element some are just more durrible then others not sure just my opinion appriate the help ! I'm just keeping it around 78 ish just hard to sleep at night thinking bout my heater bursting or over heating !

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