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Old 05-04-2012, 01:02 AM   #11
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Originally Posted by kn1985 View Post
i do have another if i go with a 29 gallon community tank. is it better to buy a 29 gallon starter kit like Tetra that includes a filter and everything or to buy those things separate?
What kind of fish do you have in mind? Maybe we can give you a few points in the right direction to make researching easier for you? Like schooling fish? Centerpiece fish? Single larger fish? Lots of small fish? Or a single school of larger schooling fish? Lots of options. Also planting your tank speeds the cycle process and makes it easier to care for (ntm IMHO they look a lot better then non planted).
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Old 05-04-2012, 06:44 AM   #12
Welcome to TFK!

You might look into an ensemble deal that [only] includes tank, hoods and stand. This allows you to select a good filter. Of course you'll also need a heater, gravel/sand, decor, conditioner (and a fat wallet!)

Larger tanks are better if you have the space and can swing it. The reason is that larger bodies of water are more forgiving when it comes to water chemistry.
Don't rush the setup, cycling and stocking. This hobby requires and teaches patience to be really successful.
There is a good article here about cycling a new tank:
When you do get to the point of adding fish, only add a couple at a time, waiting a week for the tank to settle before adding more.

Keep us posted - we're here to help.

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Old 05-04-2012, 12:58 PM   #13
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i do have another if i go with a 29 gallon community tank. is it better to buy a 29 gallon starter kit like Tetra that includes a filter and everything or to buy those things separate?
I would get everything separately because the filter and accessories that come with the starter kits are usually a lower quality. You don't want to get a cheap heater. This is one of those hobbies where the start-up costs are huge, but if you set everything up correctly, the continueing costs are rather low.

It might be a good idea to go to the store and price everything before you buy, but don't let the sales associates talk you into anything. They are just there to sell things and most people at the large chain retailers know little to nothing about fish.

And as AD said, patience is everything in this hobby!
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Old 05-04-2012, 01:33 PM   #14
im realizing it will cost a lot for the start up, but it does seem like once you have it all then it might not be too much to maintain. im going to look for a tank, stand and hood from local people selling them on craigslist or whatever and see if i can get something for cheap. then i can do what you guys said and buy a quality heater, filter, and whatever else i need. any recommendations on the type of filter, heater, etc. to get? i heard a canister filter is best??

heres my idea of the fish id like to do and then you guys can give me some more advice from there. ive changed it since i looked into a little more and since i first posted yesterday.

1 bosemani rainbow
1 red platy
1 pineapple platy
1 topsail platy
6 zebra danios
1 albino bristlenose

i looked at their optimal pH, Kh and temperature levels and i think that should all work if i kept the tank to like 74 degrees, pH of 7, and KH 10. they all were compatible. this is all according to

i might take out the red platy though and just have the 2. i really like the potential of that setup, look and all. i figured id be able to do it in a 29/30 gallon tank. any advice would be appreciated! ive learned a lot already so ive enjoyed this forum.
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Old 05-04-2012, 10:21 PM   #15
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I like to get my tank stuff separate because I like to look for tanks on craigslist.. I also prefer to use a sponge filter as it is much much cheaper and easier to maintain.. But, it also sits inside you tank so it takes up room and unless you can hide it somewhere you may find it ugly Mine is behind driftwood and can hardly be seen from the front and I don't really notice it from the sides.

I don't really think a rainbow fish would work in your tank.. If I'm not mistaken, I believe they need to be kept in a group of 5+ and would be too big for your tank. I'd instead suggest something like a dwarf gourami.. just keep in mind with a gourami it's best to have some plant cover at the top, and a pleco will need driftwood.

Also, keeping live-bearers such as a platy, with your other fish concerns me.. platys do best with aquarium salt added to the tank, which will not be good for your other fish. I'd recommend switching them out with something like harlequin rasboras.. they look sort of boring at first, but once they're home and happy in a tank the silver on them turns this beautiful orange/pink (think sunsets) colo that looks so pretty.

I may be completely wrong about this, but I also think you could add something like male guppies if you're looking for some fish with some color. They're also livebearers, but I don't think they require aquarium salt like platys do.
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