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Dean
Posted: Tue Sep 19, 2006 8:43 pm Reply with quote
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I just want to know what I need to change in my setup to make it midas friendly. My current setup is a 90g 48x18x24, xp3, 2 ebo 250's.

I have a few questions;

- My ph is like 7.5, do I need to lower it?

- I want to go with a sand substrate, thoughts?

- What temp is best for a midas, I was thinking 78?

- I want to use a large piece of driftwood and a few large rocks, what is the best way to arrange them?

- Is there any catfish that would work well with a midas?


If there is anything I missed please tell me, thanks. Smile
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sebastian
Posted: Mon Sep 25, 2006 2:45 pm Reply with quote
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in my opinion everything what you want to do is exactly perfect for midas ,and a catfish that can live with midas is for example a walking catfish

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f1shyl0ver
Posted: Wed Sep 27, 2006 8:48 pm Reply with quote
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may I ask what size tank you have?
Your ph is fine....as long as it is stable (not going up or down)
What are your water parameters? Ammonia, nitrite, and nitrates?

Adding driftwood will lower your oh a bit. But that shouldnt hurt to much. 78 is a great temp.

Sand is a nice substrate, just watch out, it is a little more tricky to vac then gravel. Also make sure none gets in the filters, that will cause you some problems

Also have you thought of backgrounds? Adding a black background makes Midas color POP right out and makes the tank look so beautiful Smile

Adding the rocks a nice pile along the end of the tank always look very nice if well arranges, you also have to make sure that they are secure, not loose, you dont need one falling and hitting your midas.

I disagree with adding catfish, or any fish in that matter, A) any other fish is going to get eaten, your midas has already claimed that tank his

55 is bare minimum for a midas, 90 being just perfect (that my opinion)
In a 90 with 2 fish you are going to have some bioload issues.

again trail and error could teach you that!

Maybe instead of either drift wood or rock you could put a little cave in his tank, they like their hiding places.

Or making a cave out of the rocks (again make sure the rocks are secure and not loose

I hope that helps!
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daint2003
Posted: Thu Sep 28, 2006 4:17 am Reply with quote
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f1shyl0ver wrote:

I disagree with adding catfish, or any fish in that matter, A) any other fish is going to get eaten, your midas has already claimed that tank his


I think it depends on each Midas/RD characters. My fish are a little bit shy. They accept catfish and even a small gourami. So please try to add tankmate and you will know if they accept or not Very Happy

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f1shyl0ver
Posted: Thu Sep 28, 2006 1:40 pm Reply with quote
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thats why with fish keeping and tank mates I love the expression "trail and error"

But when introducing a new tank mate you really have to keep a close eye on the aggression Smile

Daint I want one of you midas!! Smile

Send on my way...lol
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