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Old 10-20-2013, 08:01 PM   #1
 
New 10 gal tank

Hi, I'm relatively new to keeping an aquarium, and I recently bought a new 10gal tank. I went to the local pet store and bought everything to start it up (live plants, driftwood, bacteria starters). I was looking for a nice centerpiece fish and really liked the looks of the a rainbow shark - and with the advice of the aquatics guy I bought one. I realize now I should have looked into it more. Is this shark going to get too big? And what can I put in with it, if anything? I have a whisper pf10 filter and water heater in the tank already.
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Old 10-20-2013, 08:08 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forum! I hate to be the one to tell you this, but yes a rainbow shark needs a much bigger tank than a 10 gallon. You got some very bad advice. Is there any way you would be able to return it?

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One other question, and apologies but I have to check since you said you are new. Are you familiar with cycling an aquarium?
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Old 10-20-2013, 08:20 PM   #3
 
Now I really wish I would have joined this site before I bought the tank.

I believe that I could return him (or her, I don't know) So would that be the only option besiides getting a new tank?

I am also aware of cycling, but (again on the advice of people I thought knew better) went ahead and bought the Tetra's Safestart which he told me could let me skip the first parts of cycling.

I guess I need to know where to go from here now that I have kinda screwed up.
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Old 10-20-2013, 08:23 PM   #4
 
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Hi and Welcome to the forum! Like BWG has already stated he will get too big that tank. As long as you have him in there I don't really think adding another fish would be a good idea. I am sorry you got this advice from a fish store. There are so many out there that just don't know as much as they should or just want to make a sale.
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Old 10-20-2013, 08:27 PM   #5
 
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Now I really wish I would have joined this site before I bought the tank.

I believe that I could return him (or her, I don't know) So would that be the only option besiides getting a new tank?

I am also aware of cycling, but (again on the advice of people I thought knew better) went ahead and bought the Tetra's Safestart which he told me could let me skip the first parts of cycling.

I guess I need to know where to go from here now that I have kinda screwed up.
For the well being of the fish yes those are really the only two options. Once again sorry!
Safe start will add the bacteria but (and some one can correct me if I am wrong) it won't really skip the whole cycling process. It will add a boost to it and you may still see some spikes in the parameters of the process if you stock too fast. Do you have a test kit to check for ammonia, nitrites, and nitrates?
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Old 10-20-2013, 08:32 PM   #6
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Now I really wish I would have joined this site before I bought the tank.

I believe that I could return him (or her, I don't know) So would that be the only option besiides getting a new tank?

I am also aware of cycling, but (again on the advice of people I thought knew better) went ahead and bought the Tetra's Safestart which he told me could let me skip the first parts of cycling.

I guess I need to know where to go from here now that I have kinda screwed up.
Returning is probably your best option. Buying a larger aquarium is definitely one though. It would require a pretty big upgrade, up to a 55 or 75 gallon. There is a third option, but let's not get into it right now.

I honestly don't know much of anything about bacteria in a bottle like Tetra's Safestart. I messaged another member who is familiar with them, so he will hopefully be able to help.

Don't think of it as you screwed up. You're new and got some bad advice. Trust me it happens to nearly everyone. What you do about a mistake is more important in my opinion than if you make one.
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Old 10-20-2013, 08:32 PM   #7
 
I'm feeling more and more cheated as more people join. . . haha. I don't have a test kit - the rep at the pet store said he'd test it for me whenever I brought it in, but is that important to have?

So what are the general guidelines for cycling and stocking? I feel like I should probably throw away everything the rep told me based on his track record.

And I'm thinking I'll probably return the shark if I can. Thanks for helping me through this everybody!

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Old 10-20-2013, 08:56 PM   #8
 
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The test kit can be a life saver during the cycling process. As you want to be able to test the waters on a regular bases. If the store is close and depending what test kits they use and you feel like running down there when its needed then sure. But to me its much better to have it on hand and test right on the spot. That way if something is off you can immediately do something about rather then having to drive back home. If that makes sense.?
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Old 10-20-2013, 08:58 PM   #9
 
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Here is also a link to an article on cycling if you would like to read over it. A Beginner's Guide to the Freshwater Aquarium Cycle
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Old 10-20-2013, 09:04 PM   #10
 
Yes, that sounds like it would be easier. When would be a good time to add fish, and which ones would be a good idea for my 10 gal tank? i(t's planted relatively heavily)

I'm looking for a community tank with a group of schooling fish, a nice centerpiece or two, and somekind of bottom feeder if it'll fit. I just don't want to make the mistake of going of the pets tore's advice again.
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