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post #1 of 7 Old 09-16-2012, 05:00 PM Thread Starter
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What fish ?

Help there, I'm very new to tropical fish keeping and I have only just started out. I have brought a relatively small tank to start out but would really appreciate. Some help and advice on what fish would look good in the tank. I would like to have some colourful fish - not too concerned what but a range of fish that would compliment the community and range top middle and bottom of the tank. Would any one please offer me suggestions , and quantities. I have a 70 litre tank at the moment 60cm by 30com by 30cm

I need to get to grips with cycling also and I am thinking of doing a fish less cycle - any advice would be great.

Thanks for your help, I would really appreciate any suggestions and advice.
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post #2 of 7 Old 09-16-2012, 11:49 PM
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Search the site for the following thread "fishless cycle or non fishless?". The fouth post down by user Byron gives really detailed information about cycling new tanks. I found it very helpful, and I hope you will, too.

I'm sorry I can't help with the first question. I'm in the same boat. But then again, it's a lot of fun to just browse the pet store, write down names of fish you like the looks of and do some research online. There is a lot of info out there. Personally, I find that process very rewarding. Good luck!
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post #3 of 7 Old 09-17-2012, 07:30 AM
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Personally I'd go with a school of like guppies and a school of say neon tetras. you can find guppies in some amazingly pretty colors. (personally my favorite is the cobra or snakeskin ones) just make sure not to get females unless you want a ton of guppies.

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post #4 of 7 Old 09-18-2012, 04:20 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks - I'm gonna take your advice and go with bro tetras to start - probably get about 8 as I have read try like to be I a group. Cheers for your help.
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post #5 of 7 Old 09-18-2012, 04:22 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for your help in directing me in the right direction for good detailed info on cycling. Cheers
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post #6 of 7 Old 09-18-2012, 07:28 AM
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Good luck on your tank!

happy owner of a wild type GFP axolotl named Percival and a bearded dragon named Deucalion.
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post #7 of 7 Old 09-18-2012, 11:50 AM
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Lee1974, welcome to Tropical Fish Keeping forum.

As you are new, may I point out our fish and plant profiles section, second tab from the left in the blue bar across the top of the page. Each fish profile has info on minimum tank size, minimum number of fish for shoaling fish that must be in a group, water parameter requirements, and other data.

Having live plants will all but eliminate the initial cycle, plus the fish being mentioned are best with plants around them. You might get ideas in our Aquarium Plants section of the forum.

A 70 liter is a 20 gallon tank (for those of us who "think" better in Imperial rather than metric) so you could have a nice interesting community with small fish and plants. No mention is made of your tap water parameters, so just be aware that some fish have more specific needs than others. This is mentioned in the profile for each species.


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The aquarist is one who must learn the ways of the biologist, the chemist, and the veterinarian. [unknown source]

Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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