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  1. I don't like your odds of doing a sump, including drilling the tank, all plumbing, sump container, media and a decent return pump for less than $200. If it is not a display tank, you could do an overhead wet/dry filter - simple to insall, next to no plumbing, no drilling and lower head height, so a smaller pump can be used - all with the benefit of wet/dry filtration. Otherwise, as mentioned before, two Auquaclears - they provide great 'bang for buck' and a quite reliable. Michael
  2. That entirely depends on what Tangs you intend to keep. If you are only keeping shellies, rockdwellers or gobies, or to a certain extent, sand sifters, 18 is fine. If you intend to keep Cyps, Frontosa, Tropheus and/or larger sandsifters, you will need 24. If I were you, and could afford 24, i'd definately get it. Michael
  3. Its not easy or cheap, especially without drilling holes. My advice would be to get a multi outlet airpump and use air powered sponge filters. IMO they are the best and most appropriate filters for fry anyway. Michael
  4. maybe its just me then I err on the side of caution and overbuild rather than under..... Michael
  5. 6mm Glass on a 20in high tank is a no go....its dangerous. As with Mr Fishy, I'd go 10mm. Michael
  6. Fishdance....just a piece of advice..... if in fact you do reside in Brisbane, I would not be telling the whole world that you own noxious fish....... Michael
  7. There is no way i'd be doing it in timber. There is no problem with the 4ft span, its the fact that the tanks are 2ft high and wide. There is a fair bit more weight there as opposed to 4x18x18's. While the stand may not ultimately fail, wooden stands are far more likely to sag under significant weight. It doesnt take much sag to crack the tank/s and cause a big mess. I'm not saying that it cant be done, but I wouldnt be willing to risk it. There is a lot of water there to have on your floor and no doubt a lot of money invested, not to mention the safety aspects. There is no reason why a well made metal stand cannot look good. Have it painted, or dress it in timber. Michael
  8. Matt I think that you should listen to people with experience here. Ocellatus and Julidochromis are pound for pound some of the most agressive fish that you will find especially when you combine it with one or more of the following: 1. other males of the same species; 2. breeding; 3. to a lesser extent other fish; or 4. a small tank. You are proposing to have all of the above. I will absolutely 100% guarantee that you will have mass carnage if you proceed with your selection. Keeping more than 2 Occelatus alive in a 2 foot tank is a challenge, let alone 5 plus adding all those other fish. As an example of how aggressive julies are, I have had an adult Occelatus absolutely smashed by a single juvenile Julie. If you end up with a breeding pair of julies in there nearly every other fish will be dead. That is the last time I will say it. Michael
  9. You may get away with a couple of brevis. They wont be 'significantly less aggressive' though. Don't discount mulites because of their looks, you can't underestimate the 'personality' value of shellies such as multies and occelatus. They are fantastic fish to watch and IMO would be the best part of a Tang community tank. Michael
  10. If you were to put that community together in a two footer I will almost guarantee mass carnage. The tank is too small for Cyps and Synos. Julies and Occelatus are highly agressive, particularly if there is breeding going on or if there is more than 1 male. Realistically, if you want a tang community in such a small tank I would try the following (no guarantees): small colony of multifaciatus (say 5-10) (far less agressive than occelatus) a couple of small Calvus (so they grow up with the others in the tank) 1 Julie only, preferrably ornatus (i find them less agressive) Thats it. Michael
  11. Steve If you're looking for a LFS in Brisbane with great service (and advice), go and have a chat to Malcolm at Wetpetz at Chandler. Tell him I sent you Great service is such an easy thing to give, but so rarely seen. Michael
  12. I dont think that it's necessarily too colourful to be a female. You need to remember that there is a lot of rubbish going around. It may be that you just have a particulary good F. I used to have a female that wasnt too far off the colour of yours (depending on her mood). Michael
  13. I'm willing to bet on it being a female - and a very nice one at that . The anal and dorsal fins are too rounded to be a male at that size. Look at MattR's pics. His fish appear smaller, yet the male has very long and pointed finnage. IMO - Good quality female Rivs should have signs of a nauchal hump. Michael
  14. Steve If you want a good selection of Killies and dwarfs up here youre gonna have to bring them with you!!!! Michael
  15. I find NLS better than most other foods. My fish are growing faster, have better colours, breed more regularly and simply like the food better. You also need to consider the effects that are not immediately visible. A healthier fish is more resistant to disease etc. I know of people who have had a noticebly reduced mortiality rate (recorded) since changing over to NLS, in particular, Thera A. Michael
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