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Old 04-06-2011, 06:04 AM   #1
 
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hi i have just placed an order for a biorb life 45l tank, not cheap but i love the look. i have been doing some reading and learnt new things for example cycleing ect which i will do for 3 weeks.

i have a few basic questioins as this is my first tropical setup ever!

1.)can i turn the filter off at night as its in my room?
i will be using live plants if that helps and wouldnt mind having less fish if i have to.

2.)my room is a little dark so do fish need about the same amount of sunlight or led lighting as us humans 12hours?

3.)when do i need to start warming the water up ready for my fish about a week into the cycle?

4.)also regarding the tempature i have seen the fancy read out ones but if there anything wrong with using a temperature strip

sorry for the big post been doing so much readin up and im full of questions
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Old 04-06-2011, 10:21 AM   #2
 
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hi i have just placed an order for a biorb life 45l tank, not cheap but i love the look. i have been doing some reading and learnt new things for example cycleing ect which i will do for 3 weeks.

i have a few basic questioins as this is my first tropical setup ever!

1.)can i turn the filter off at night as its in my room?
i will be using live plants if that helps and wouldnt mind having less fish if i have to.
No. If you turn the filter off, the bacteria will quickly die... Basically recycling the tank every morning. Tanks can be set up with live plants as the filtration, but they require good light (even a window), an enriched substrate (I use soil but any of the good ones would likely work), and light to moderate stocking levels... And adding fish extremely slowly helps as well. There's still a margin of error though, and it's risky.

It would be best if you could leave the filter on.

2.)my room is a little dark so do fish need about the same amount of sunlight or led lighting as us humans 12hours?
Yes, about 12 hours of light is fine. May require tweaking if you get a bit of algae though.
3.)when do i need to start warming the water up ready for my fish about a week into the cycle?
I would set up every piece of equipment from day one. (as you know) some fish prefer tropical waters, and some prefer cooler.. Bacteria are the same way.
4.)also regarding the tempature i have seen the fancy read out ones but if there anything wrong with using a temperature strip
Strips are fine in my opinion.

sorry for the big post been doing so much readin up and im full of questions
No problem. Glad to help.
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Old 04-06-2011, 09:20 PM   #3
 
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The filter must run all the time otherwise the bacteria you are trying to build up inside of it will die and your tank will never cycle. The noise of my filter used to get annoying for me--not the actual hum of the pump but the dripping, bubbly sounds from the water going back in. I have an Aqeon filter and it has this attachment on the end where the water pours through holes and it's supposed to add oxygen to the water and it says on the box it is designed to make the water extremely quiet, which wasn't so at all. So I just took that last attachment off and now it is completely silent. Probably not the best idea...but I couldn't sleep at night! But as far as the sound of the pump, filters are usually very quiet I find. I would make sure everything is ready way before the fish are put in, including the heater. Higher temperature gets the cycle going faster too. I guess it depends on which method of cycling you do (fishelss or fish-in) but I am in week 4 of cycling my tank (fish-in) and it still is not complete. I just started seeing some nitrites the other day, so cycling can take a while. I have a temperature strip on my tank on one side and a regular hanging one onthe other side. Both work but I personally prefer the regular thermometer just because I can see exactly what line the mercury rises to. Sometimes I look at the temperature strip and there are no colors on it at all. As for the light, I think it depends on the plants' needs that you get and if you start seeing algae growth you just cut down on the light time. You'll know as you go along.
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Old 04-12-2011, 08:24 AM   #4
 
if you find your biorb noisy try moving the air pump around, mine was really noisy until I got it balanced. It now sits behind the tank out of view and hums away quietly x
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