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=) I've just set up my first tank.
Old 08-27-2010, 10:19 AM   #1
 
Question =) I've just set up my first tank.

It's roughly 30 litres & has 4kg of blue & black gravel, 3 (as yet unidentified) plants, a resin bridge & a filter.
I've poured in the fish & tap water conditioner, started up the filter & am currently doing my best not to move anything around anymore!

I was told by Pets At Home (where I bought all the stuff) to put the conditioner in today & add some 'stresszyme" (a biological filtration booster) tomorrow.

Already I have quite a few questions though.

#1 My plants are currently in terracota pots which I was told is how I should leave them - does that sound right? & should I be digging them into the gravel a bit? & am I going to need some plant food/what should I be looking for? I'll upload some photos as soon as I figure out how, so hopefully someone will be able to indentify them for me? ^__^;;

#2 It's currently not got a heater so are there any nice fish you'd suggest? Also I'm told it's good to have a fish which likes to eat up the algae - any suggestions?

#3 I've got a gravel cleaner, a net & various jugs etc - is there anything else I'll need except food & fish? (I'm going to be leaving a bucket outside to collect rainwater for water changes)..

Thank you!
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Old 08-27-2010, 10:48 AM   #2
 
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It's roughly 30 litres & has 4kg of blue & black gravel, 3 (as yet unidentified) plants, a resin bridge & a filter.
I've poured in the fish & tap water conditioner, started up the filter & am currently doing my best not to move anything around anymore!

I was told by Pets At Home (where I bought all the stuff) to put the conditioner in today & add some 'stresszyme" (a biological filtration booster) tomorrow.

Already I have quite a few questions though.

#1 My plants are currently in terracota pots which I was told is how I should leave them - does that sound right? & should I be digging them into the gravel a bit? & am I going to need some plant food/what should I be looking for? I'll upload some photos as soon as I figure out how, so hopefully someone will be able to indentify them for me? ^__^;;

#2 It's currently not got a heater so are there any nice fish you'd suggest? Also I'm told it's good to have a fish which likes to eat up the algae - any suggestions?

#3 I've got a gravel cleaner, a net & various jugs etc - is there anything else I'll need except food & fish? (I'm going to be leaving a bucket outside to collect rainwater for water changes)..

Thank you!

depending on what plants they are and where you wanna put them or if you wanna spread them out.it's basically up to you. ottos are great and so are bristle nose but without the heater i'm not sure.since your in uk and you don't have a heater the hillstream loach will do very well in there.it loves cold water for plant food most here use seachem flourish while i use JBL or ADA. a good fertalized soil layer under the gravel will do wonders for the plants as well.as for rain water it depends on where your staying as rain water collects dust , chemical particles and pollutants when the drop out of the atmosphere.
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Old 08-27-2010, 10:55 AM   #3
 
^-^ I live in a village in a country area so the rain should be fairly clean. We are quite close to a main road though.
I'll just check the plant food is available in the uk..
it's a bit late for the soil & for a first fishtank I don't think I'd dare!

Here's a (rather bad) photograph of the tank.

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Old 08-27-2010, 11:11 AM   #4
 
Welocme to TFK and the wonderfully addictive hobby of keeping an aquarium. I don't have a ton of experience but I can relate what i went through.

If you don't have a heater, it'll be tough to keep some fish. Otocinclus catfish need approximately 68-82F (20-28C). Plus with a little less than 8 gallons you're a little limited in fish choices. 3-4 Otos are good if you get a heater. Then maybe a few shrimp and a Nerite snail or two (also an algae eater).

The biological filtration boosters are hit or miss. I used one and all it didn't really speed up the cycle at all. I've heard the best way to cycle a tank is to use shrimp bought from a supermarket - hang it in a mesh bag in the tank and it will help create Ammonia to facilitate the nitrification cycle. Another way is to feed the tank as if there were fish in it - 2 or 3 times a day. The cycle takes about 4 or 5 weeks in a tank that size.

Good luck and have fun. My only other advice is to explore the entire website and you will find the majority of the answers to your questions. This is an excellent site.
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Old 08-27-2010, 11:16 AM   #5
 
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looks great for a first tank. the plant in the front are a sword plant which need root tabs, the far right one is a green cabomba and the one beside it is a eurasion water milfoil and the one after it is a twisted vallisneria
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Old 08-27-2010, 11:27 AM   #6
 
Welocme to TFK and the wonderfully addictive hobby of keeping an aquarium. I don't have a ton of experience but I can relate what i went through.
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^___^ Thank you! I've heard that too.. I'm a bit squemish though! xD; If my parents eat shrimp in the next week or so I guess I'll have no excuse.
My main reason for not getting a heater (except for cost) is that I'm worried about my new plants. I probably ought to have waited a little longer& figured out what fish I wanted before getting them but I was like 'I'm not staring at an empty tank for a month I am buying some plants'.


looks great for a first tank. the plant in the front are a sword plant which need root tabs, the far right one is a green cabomba and the one beside it is a eurasion water milfoil and the one after it is a twisted vallisneria
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Thanks. =)
&& they all have such pretty names. xD Now all I need to do is look up what root tabs are and I'm away. & figure out what kind of conditions they like~
Also with the teracotta pots.. ideally I'd like to do without them so what could I do with the plants instead? Sorry for so many questions.
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Old 08-27-2010, 11:55 AM   #7
 
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I agree, cabomba, twisted val...

The milfoil may be another name for Anarchis, aka Egeria Densa

Also, the plants are tropical. The Anarchis will do ok in coldwater, but the cabomba and val will do best in a tropical enviroment (above 70 degrees F)


As far as the terracotta pots... I'm assuming they are enriched with something...
So I wouldn't remove the plants from the pots until you have a fish in there, along with some fertilisers. (Flourish is good.)

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Old 08-27-2010, 12:13 PM   #8
 
That's intriguing, because the person in the shop definitely said they'd do best in coldwater.
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I've read a fair few horror stories about petshops' advice on here already though so I thought I'd better check here thankfully!
I need to find a decent fish shop (/is there a proper name for it?) in my area really which actually knows what it's talking about.
Any suggestions about what to do about the plants until I find a suitable heater? I can move the tank a little so it gets some more sunlight in the day? && shine my desklamp on it? Or will that cause more problems that it solves?
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Old 08-27-2010, 12:30 PM   #9
 
some advice that you didn't ask for but please, if you don't already know about the nitrogen cycle, read this

http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/f...m-cycle-38617/
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Old 08-27-2010, 12:31 PM   #10
 
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hopefully your pets at home is better than the one i went to as they were just a bunch on numpties that didnt have a clue about fish they just said yes to all questions except for one lady who was very good but shes never been there any other times i have been there :(
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