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post #1 of 8 Old 05-11-2010, 02:37 AM Thread Starter
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little help please =P

Ok so I am brand new to the fish keeping scene, however i am falling in love with it. FAST. I still have so many questions and the bums at the LPS dont know anything lol. so heres a quick list of some Qs I got.

1. Will my fiddler crab die in freshwater like alot of people say? or do i need to give it brackish water?

2. What is a good little catfish to keep in my 10G tank with 2 mollies so far?

3. How long is this fever of wanting 800 tanks for 800 different things going to last?? im going broke here lol. I spent about 300 bucks in the past 2 days =P I wish I could have discovered this amazing hobby sooner.
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post #2 of 8 Old 05-11-2010, 06:01 AM
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Welcome to the forum!

Fiddler crabs really do need to be in brackish water. They also need land access and are accomplished escape artists so make sure you have a good, secure hood on the tank.

What are your water parameters (pH and hardness)? It's hard to give stocking recommendations without these.

To answer your last question...well, fishkeeping is a mighty powerful addiction. I'm sure being on this site and having access to all of our members' tanks isn't exactly going to turn you off of the idea of setting up a whole bunch of tanks. Here are two wallet-friendly pieces of advice:

1) Anything that you need to buy that's specific to the hobby (fish tanks, heaters, filters, etc.) is always cheaper used. craigslist is an amazing resource.

2) If there's any way you can buy stuff from some non-aquarium related source, do it! Aquarium gravel can run something like $15-20 for a 20lb bag, but pea gravel and play sand are $4 for a 50lb bag at Home Depot. Decorative rocks sold at fish stores can run $3/lb while the same rocks will be $0.10/lb at the landscaping center.

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post #3 of 8 Old 05-11-2010, 10:45 AM Thread Starter
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thanks alot batman very useful post. As for the PH and hardness level I really have no idea. I haven't yet purchassed the means to test my water. But im usung my home water and I know its decholrinated well water. I also know thats its a soft water. but I cant give you an exact hardness level.
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post #4 of 8 Old 05-11-2010, 11:42 AM
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Take a sample of your well water to your local fish store; most will do tests. Ask them to test the general hardness (GH) and carbonate hardness (KH) and make sure they tell you the numbers, not just "soft" or "hard" which means very little. And the pH as well. I wouldn't bother with a hardness test kit because once you know the values for your source water, that's it. But pH is a good test kit to have, as the pH of an aquarium can fluctuate and this needs to be monitored; API's kits are reliable, or Sera's though more expensive; I use API.

And welcome to Tropical Fish Keeping forum.


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Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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post #5 of 8 Old 05-11-2010, 12:40 PM Thread Starter
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thanks you guys. Just one Q remains unanswered is there a good catfish for my 10gal tank?
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post #6 of 8 Old 05-12-2010, 04:54 AM
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Well, that depends on the pH and hardness of your water. If you've got soft, acidic water there are a number of species that would work (especially corydoras catfish). You'd be much more limited if your water is very hard; there may be some species of synodontis catfish from the African rift lakes that stay small enough to fit in a 10g tank but none come to mind immediately.

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post #7 of 8 Old 05-12-2010, 09:48 AM
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Nothing for me to add other than to say welcome to TFK! I started out with a little 6gl and now have four tanks, lol. As Jim states, craigslist is a fishkeeper's best friend.

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post #8 of 8 Old 05-12-2010, 02:08 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you all =) I absolutly am in love with this hobby i do nothing but read and reasearch for hours a day after work about it lol. I just bought 3 new platys today =D getting a 55 gal here soon then trying for a 120 gal around the end of july!
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