If I buy a 260 litre tank would that be ok for the 5 clown loaches? Or did you mean to get a 180L tank?
If setting up a 260L tank, it would mean that the water would be approx 1/5 orginal tank water (from my 60L tank) and 200L of new water - is that going to be ok?
When setting up a quarantine tank, the filter in my current tank is sponge and ceramic - so would you suggest just adding some of the ceramic to the quarantine filter?
And what size should the quarantine tank be? Did you say 40L would be ok?
I'm so worried about doing something wrong and jeapordising my little fish! I have come such a long way - I orginally started with a bio-orb before reading about how awful they are and upgrading to my current (still not fantastic) tank!
I would really love to have a group of 15 to 20 cardinal tetras!
I have 5 cardinal tetras, 1 pearl gourami and two clown loaches.
I bought the clown loaches a couple of years ago before I knew as much as I do now and I now realise that they need much more space which is why I want a bigger tank. They have grown by at least an inch in the last couple of years! Then I also hope to get a couple more so that they can be in a bigger group.
I have never quarantined before - is it quite straightforward? Should you buy a special quanrantine system? How do you keep the water up to scratch if there are no fish in it (sorry if that is a daft question)?
Also, is it easy to fit a UV steriliser? I have just been reading the thread about clown loaches and meds and am really worried about that. I will certainly quarantine from now on but want to be doubly sure that I am doing the best by the fish!
I have had a small freshwater tropical community tank (60 litres) for about four years now and have really got into fishkeeping as a hobby. I would really like to buy a bigger tank, mainly so that the community of fish I currently have can have a bit more space but also so that I can get a few more to add to the tribe.
So my questions are...
What make of tank would people recommend? I'm thinking of upgrading to a around 180 litres maybe more.
Also.. how do you go about setting up the new tank and then adding the fish from my old tank? Should I do fishless cycling to get the tank ready and then add them a few at a time? I'm really worried about stressing the fish out!
Many thanks for all your help - your advice has been invaluable in the past.