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Old 09-19-2011, 08:28 PM   #11
 
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After some discussion about water temps and tank sizes we decided to hold off on the Goldfish for now. Maybe one day when we have more room for a second tank we'll get some.

As far as the water goes I will have to pick up a kit to test it. Thanks to everyone who suggested API master test kit. I will check that out. I tried to look up the water hardness and whatnot on the county's website and I found a table with info on it but I'm not sure what any of it means or if it would be helpful. I can post the table if anyone thinks it would be helpful.
Post the link to it, I'll check it tomorrow (if someone else doesn't before then). Just about to sign off for the evening, its my supper time. Byron.
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Old 09-19-2011, 09:06 PM   #12
 
Here is the link: http://www.aacounty.org/DPW/Resource...1_waterrpt.pdf The table is on the third page down and our area is the Crofton/Odenton Zone.
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Old 09-20-2011, 09:24 AM   #13
 
I looked up the test kits and I found these 2:

Amazon.com: Aquarium Pharmaceuticals 34 Fresh Water Aquarium Master Test Kit for Testing High Range pH, Ammonia, Nitrite, and Nitrate Levels: Pet Supplies Amazon.com: Aquarium Pharmaceuticals 34 Fresh Water Aquarium Master Test Kit for Testing High Range pH, Ammonia, Nitrite, and Nitrate Levels: Pet Supplies

Amazon.com: Aquarium Pharmaceuticals Aquarian Freshwater Master Test Kit: Kitchen & Dining Amazon.com: Aquarium Pharmaceuticals Aquarian Freshwater Master Test Kit: Kitchen & Dining

Is there a difference? If so which one should I get?

Also I was reading up on Corys last night and I found something that said you should have your tank established for a couple of months before introducing bottom feeders. Is this accurate? My last questions for right now is, are you supposed to have the tank up and running before adding the fish to it? I was reading another thread that I believe said something to that effect.
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Old 09-20-2011, 09:30 AM   #14
 
i think those are the same kits being sold under slightly different names, they both look exactly like the kit i have.

as for having you tank set up, you have to decide how you want to cycle it. you can use fish, but get some hardy ones that aren't overly sensitive to higher ammonia and nitrites. cories are sensitive, so don't start with them. it will probably be a few weeks/months before you will want to add them.

and i'm leaving the water report to someone who knows more on that. :)
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Old 09-20-2011, 10:23 AM   #15
 
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Unfortunately that water data chart only includes contaminants. We want to know the mineral hardness, general hardness and bicarbonate (sometimes called Alkalinity) hardness. Give them a call.

The API kits are both the same, Master. It is a reliable kit.

Corydoras are very sensitive fish, and as noted in our profiles of each species should only be added to an established tank. Cycled means the initial nitrification cycle is done (takes 2-8 weeks normally), but established means the tank has then "settled" biologically, usually another month.

As for cycling, there are a few ways but the easiest and safest is to have live aquatic plants. Plants are recommended for tropical tanks in most cases, so planting the tank at the start (on the first day once it is filled with conditioned water and the filter and heater are working properly) with sufficient plants and some fast growing species means you can also add a few fish. Cycling is explained in this article by one of our members:
http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/f...m-cycle-38617/

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Old 09-20-2011, 09:46 PM   #16
 
I've got the test kit ordered from Amazon so it should be on it's way soon. We're still trying to figure out tank size. We haven't decided on a location for it yet but there aren't many options. We'll make a trip to PetSmart soon to get a better feel for the sizes of the different tanks and that should help with the decision. Thanks again to everyone for the help.

My next question is about brands of filters, tanks, etc. What does everyone recommend or not recommend?
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Old 09-20-2011, 10:32 PM   #17
 
on filters it depends on size of tank. With a smaller tank I dont think theres a whole lot of options out there. With 55+ you can get canister filters and theres more choices. They cost a bit but they are well worth it.
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Old 09-21-2011, 10:35 AM   #18
 
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Agree. You also want to know what fish will be in the tank, as some fish need water current (and this is primarily achieved by the filter) and some do not.
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Old 09-21-2011, 01:20 PM   #19
 
We'll be getting something smaller than 55 gallons. How do you find out which fish need a water current? I didn't see that information in the fish profiles I looked at but maybe I missed it.
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Old 09-21-2011, 01:30 PM   #20
 
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We'll be getting something smaller than 55 gallons. How do you find out which fish need a water current? I didn't see that information in the fish profiles I looked at but maybe I missed it.
under the origin part (towards the top) it will say if they come from slow rivers, fast rivers, lakes/ponds, etc. there are really very few fish that need a faster current, such as the Hillstream Loach; most fish prefer little to no current. most is not all of the anabantids (bettas, gouramis), for example, should have as little current as possible.
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