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Questions regarding new tank set up and fish choosing, very confused !
Old 01-08-2011, 12:19 PM   #21
 
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thank you.
hmmmmm if you looked at my tank through my profile,then they are probably old ones.
i use to use a lot of fake plants in the aquarium,bought them from a garden center,
the front of the tank was sand,then there was a home made devider,and the gravel
was at the back,then things changed,went down hill and i think there is a thread somewhere
showing the mess it became,and the vertual over night change...........see if i can find it.......
http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/f...n-stock-58206/
and the gravel is now mixed with the sand.
tomorrow i hope to put an aquarium backing inside the tank.
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Old 01-08-2011, 12:38 PM   #22
 
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Fishless cycle (with fish food) is much more humane, and safer for the fish...
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Old 01-08-2011, 12:49 PM   #23
 
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thank you.
hmmmmm if you looked at my tank through my profile,then they are probably old ones.
i use to use a lot of fake plants in the aquarium,bought them from a garden center,
the front of the tank was sand,then there was a home made devider,and the gravel
was at the back,then things changed,went down hill and i think there is a thread somewhere
showing the mess it became,and the vertual over night change...........see if i can find it.......
http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/f...n-stock-58206/
and the gravel is now mixed with the sand.
tomorrow i hope to put an aquarium backing inside the tank.
Still, I love the way you arrange those tanks, (2009.4.12, 4.13) they look so professional.

Looking forward to see your new pictures soon! Jane.
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Old 01-08-2011, 10:09 PM   #24
 
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Thanks a lot for your advice, I think I will have to get a hardy species of fish, I would like to learn all about aquarium but I don't want to be a fishkiller by making mistakes. I am also regreting not getting a bigger tank because it should be easier to take care and I can have more choices of fish to put in. Oh well, there's always another time I guess.

Upgrading your tank is pretty easy once you learn about aquarium keeping. My first aquarium years ago was a 10 gallon. Hadnt had any aquariums in like 4 years when I got my 29 gallon. And now, only having it for a couple of months, I am already talking about a 55-60 gallon! It's very addicting!! And of course, the larger the tank, the more options of fish you have. But 10 is a good start for small tropical fish. Just make sure you research what type of fish for your 10 gal fish, and verify how big they will get. Some petstores dont really know how big, and their fish ID cards arent always correct. In my personal experiance with a 10 gallon, I would not put any fish in there that gets any bigger than 3 inches full grown, and the larger they are full grown, the less fish you can safely keep in the tank.

Of course the bonus of starting out smaller is that decor and tank needs are a bit cheaper, the fish too. lol

Sadly, fish dying is going to happen, especially with some of the community tropical fish. Another reason I like my cichlids, they live longer and some of the types of cichlids arent as picking. But cichlids come with other issues of their own (cost, larger tanks, aggression issues...). My fully cycled 29 gallon has 2 small cichlids and HAD 2 golden algae eaters...came home from shopping this evening and my smaller algae eater had died . I had only had him in there for like 2 weeks. He wasnt ate or nipped on, just flipped over and died at the bottom of the tank. Its my first loss in the tank, and my water readings were all normal. Of course, considering I got him at Petsmart, I am not THAT surprised...although his brother is still kicking.

If you allow your tank to fully cycle, check your water regularly, do partial water changes, feed your fish, and all that other good stuff, your fish loss will be minimal and if one does die you will know you did all you could to give it a great tank life.

Enjoy your first aquarium, and the people here are always friendly and non-judgemental...just feel free to ask as many questions as needed. I have a lot of experiance with aquariums, and I still have plenty of questions that I bring here to get answered from others that know more than I or that know about different things that I do. I tend to have more questions with details regarding tanks vereses the general, but I always try to share what I know.

Good Luck!! And again, WELCOME!!!
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Old 01-09-2011, 11:36 AM   #25
 
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lol i work at petsmart and yeah for the most part some stores know what they are talking about :P sucks cleaning the tanks tho everyday lol ... glad to know we gave you good advice :):):)
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Old 01-09-2011, 11:41 AM   #26
 
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Unfortunately most petsmarts, and all pet stores for that matter, can only hire from the pool of people that is available to them. The owner/managers may know a ton about fish, but that does not mean the employees do. unfortunately ALL businesses are there to make money. You need to get past that when dealing with pet stores, and realize that it is how they go about this that matters. My LFS loves to get money from me, but they do it by knowing what I like, what I have and what I need, rather than attempting to sell me things I don't need. In the end thats all you can ask for.

on a side note, the new Wallmart here carries fish. This makes me very sad. I almost want to apply there for a second job just to take care of them :/
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Old 01-09-2011, 12:29 PM   #27
 
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walmart should not have fish! :(
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Old 01-09-2011, 02:31 PM   #28
 
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on a side note, the new Wallmart here carries fish. This makes me very sad. I almost want to apply there for a second job just to take care of them :/
Totally agree with you guys on this! I did went to our Walmart just to check out what they have, and I felt so so sad for those fishes, the tanks are super dirty and alges everywhere. They should really not allow to sell fish for sure!
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Old 01-09-2011, 02:43 PM   #29
 
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lol i work at petsmart and yeah for the most part some stores know what they are talking about :P sucks cleaning the tanks tho everyday lol ... glad to know we gave you good advice :):):)
I think I got lucky, the young man who works there have a 55 gallon fresh water tank himself,he can talk about fishes for a long time. Aslo, the tanks there are super clean, fishes are very alert and active, water plants are big and healthy looking. I do think he did a great job taking care of all of these (I learned from the store manager that's his responsibility)

On the other hand, I just came back from a local pet store today, totally the opposite from what I saw at PetSmart, very shocking. I guess there's no absolute of anything.
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Old 01-09-2011, 03:18 PM   #30
 
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:) thats awesome. yeah the fish are heathy for the most part they all come from one breeder so we dont get any customers sick fish and whatnot. and clean a section of tanks a day so they all get cleaned once a week .. i have like 50 fish from there obv lol and none have died yet so yay :D:D haha
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