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Hi everyone. Good Aussie site. I'm on a fact finding mission so I can set up a good, lo-maintenance 6 foot tank. I was a keen hobbyist in my younger days but family and work took their toll on time. So now that the kids are a little older, I'd like to introduce them to what was once a favourite pasttime. Hopefully I can learn a little about new technology and philosophies in fishkeeping!

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Hi justafarmer. Me too! And very pleased to have the time to get back into the hobby now that those unavoidable distractions are not so pressing. I'm starting off with a 4 ft tank and I'm thinking of keeping it down to a few species only.

So far, I have cycled the tank to no ammonia and 0.5 ppm nitrite, using ten 'feeder fish' to supply the nutrients. They turn out to be rosy barbs and after 3 weeks 40% have survived (and grown). Four days ago I added three little bristlenose cats and some plants. The visible algae have all but disappeared in that time.

Next weekend, I'm planning on adding 7 corydoras and a red-tailed or rainbow shark (my wife likes them). Still haven't settled on the one other shoaling species to finish it off. And I can't bring myself to remove the barbs. I am thinking of silver sharks or maybe just add more rosy barbs. Would anyone like to offer some advice?

Pleased to be joining a good Aussie site.

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