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Newbie setting up first ever tank - all advice appreciated.
Old 01-31-2014, 04:23 PM   #1
 
Newbie setting up first ever tank - all advice appreciated.

Hi All,

I did post in the "Introduce yourself" forum but here's a quick recap...

This is my first ever venture into the world of tanks and tropical fish so I figure I need all the help I can get - and this forum seems like just the friendly sort of place I might find some sensible advice.

I plan to use this thread as a sort of general diary of where I'm and and hope some kind souls will steer me in the right direction when I'm getting at all completely wrong...

The Tank:
I have have a second-hand 48"x13x17 (40 gallon/170 litre-ish) tank that came with bags of accessories that I'm slowly working my way through and figuring out what's what.

I've tested it for leaks, cleaned it based on advice in another thread, and I'm in the process of finding a place for it inside the house while trying to avoid my wife's wrath at moving too much furniture.

So that's it. Seven days into my adventure and I have a clean, watertight tank that's hopefully finding it's place in our house this weekend.

So far I'm planning this will be a tropical, unplanted tank with many smaller fish rather than any larger ones - but there's plenty of time for me to change my mind between now and when it's finally set up.

I'm looking forward to chatting with people here and all advice and comments will definitely be gratefully accepted.

Cheers,
Jeff Kirkland
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Old 01-31-2014, 04:32 PM   #2
 
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g'day
can't wait for pictures along the way…..you will share i hope
how do you plan to cycle your aquarium ?
do you have any friends who have aquariums,if you do ask them if they
will donate you some of their filter media,then you are nearer to your goal
of a cycled tank.
is there any reason for non planted ?
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Old 01-31-2014, 04:38 PM   #3
 
And now the first couple of specific questions...

If I read the ins and outs of aquarium placement there doesn't seem to be a square inch of the house that I should put a tank in.

My #1 spot would be under some stairs in our kitchen/dining room as this pretty much the hub of the house so the tank would be seen all day everyday. Even with a cover I'm a little concerned that using the stairs could cause lots of fluff and dirt to fall though on top of the tank (they're open backed steps).

I read that tanks should be kept out of direct sunlight but is that a hard and fast rule? My #2 perfect spot would be in our lounge room and while it would be acting as a sort-of dividing wall in the centre of our room would get sun from two floor to ceiling windows for the latter half of the afternoon.

I guess I'm trying to differentiate the absolute "you should never do it" rules from the "it be better if you didn't" things.

all advice very welcome...
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Old 01-31-2014, 04:44 PM   #4
 
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do you have any friends who have aquariums,if you do ask them if they
will donate you some of their filter media,then you are nearer to your goal
of a cycled tank.
I do have a couple of friends who have existing tanks although the more I read, the more I'm dismayed at the way the keep them... how much of their filter media would I need to get it started?

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is there any reason for non planted ?
Only that I have a garbage bag full of artificial plants right now and want to keep things simple and concentrate on just keeping one thing alive at a time. I'm hoping i can transition to a planted tank later.
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Old 01-31-2014, 04:58 PM   #5
 
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in answer to tank placement,they are mainly…its not great next to a window
as the light you would be unable to control,causing algae however ottos
as mentioned as good for this….yet again you could face uneven temps
due to summer heat.
not next to a direct heat source like a radiator.
lots of people use their tanks as room dividers have a peek in the freshwater
journals section.
if you feel strongly about not using friends media you can go fish less cycle
The Aquarium "Cycle"
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Old 01-31-2014, 04:58 PM   #6
 
Well with the stairs you should have a cover on your tank for the lights and to keep fish from jumping out so I don't see how dust would be a problem.
As for light, it depends. The only reason you shouldn't put your tank next to a window is because you will get a lot of algae growth (which is fine if you don't mind cleaning your decorations often, or if you plan to get an algae eater in the tank.) and because the sun would raise the temperature in the tank. Depending on where you live the temperature might not be a problem for you but for me, little hot and sunny California girl, I've chosen to keep my tank at the opposite end of the room from the window. Because it's far back enough, and because there is a tree limiting the amount of light that comes through, my tank stays just great :)

So I would just make sure your tank wouldn't be right next to a window.
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Old 01-31-2014, 05:53 PM   #7
 
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Depending on where you live the temperature might not be a problem for you but for me, little hot and sunny California girl, I've chosen to keep my tank at the opposite end of the room from the window.
Living in Melbourne, Australia heat is definitely an issue... we just finished a run of temperatures in the high 30's with my area peaking at about 38 degrees (about 102F).

The tank would be about five feet from the nearest window but I'll not take the risk...

My wife has just suggested another spot - the passageway just inside our front door. It's a big double entranceway but only one side ever gets used. The tank would be about four feet from the door and about the same distance from people as they walk through.

It's shady with no direct sunlight, visible from all the main rooms in the house and doesn't get huge amounts of foot traffic. No power there yet but she says she has a plan.

Hopefully that'll tick all the boxes and I can move on to actually setting the tank up.

~jeff K
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Old 02-01-2014, 01:44 PM   #8
 
Hi jeffk, Welcome to the forum.

I really don't know how to say this, but it does my heart good when somebody does what you are doing. That is learning what needs/should be done before killing fish by not doing what needs to be done to keep them healthy.

Don't be surprised if some do die, sad as that seems most of us have had that happen. Sometimes we don't understand why they do die, but later on we may get an inkling as what happened so we can prevent it from happening again. That is one of the things that makes this addiction so addicting.

But most of all enjoy!!!!
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Old 02-01-2014, 04:54 PM   #9
 
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Hi jeffk well I would go for the spot that your wife suggested it's better to keep it where it can be seen but you don't have to pass through like thousands of times

It's good to see that you're looking for all the advice you can get let me tell you something you're in the right place people here is always kind and willing to help that's my own experience
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Old 02-01-2014, 07:14 PM   #10
 
Hi Jeffk like you I recently started an aquarium. The first was sort of forced on me as a gift for my sons birthday. It was small and no good. I have since moved up a tank size and have been posting a journal 60ltr new tank. The guys on here have been amazing in helping me.

Hope everything goes great with your tank.
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