This is a discussion on my new tank...new to all this!! within the Beginner Freshwater Aquarium forums, part of the Freshwater Fish and Aquariums category; -->
yeah its a fresh water setup.no fish as yet as im still waiting to get the bacteria higher in the filter.i was told to ...
Also, what are you using to cycle the tank (i.e to build up the beneficial bacteria in the filter)?
Just leaving the tank standing for a couple of weeks will not achieve this. You will have to start the cycle using a souce of ammonia.
You are also going to need a testing kit which will test for ammonia, nitrate, nitrite and pH. The liquid test kits are more reliable than other types, and what you're really looking for is a master test kit. Popular brands include Hagen and API.
As dprUsh83 stated, the ideal pH will depend on the type of fish you wish to keep, and the pH is likely to vary while the tank is cycling.
I would advise you to read up on cycling a tank (the nitrogen cycle).
It may seem a lot to take in at first, but it will all become clearer as you go along.
Any questions whatsoever, please just ask - we're all here to help.
You will have to add a certain amount of ammonia to the tank on a daily basis to cycle it. You can used Jeyes household ammonia (are you from the UK)? It's usually found in hardware stores or chemists.
I will dig out an article on exactly how to do it, and post it here tomorrow for you.
The temperature depends on the type of fish you will be keeping. Most tropical community fish will thrive in temperatures between 72F to 82F, but when you decide what kind of fish you want to have, do some research on them so that you know what they do best in. If do you decide to keep goldfish you do not need a heater because they thrive in temperatures between 65F and 75F (about 68F to 72F being ideal).