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post #1 of 25 Old 01-16-2012, 03:45 PM Thread Starter
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1st tank 55G

Here are some pictures of my first tank. I bought a 55G tank as a family(girlfriend and 2 cats) Christmas present. I welcome any feedback and advice that you can provide.

I have some fish in there and a few live plants....Not sure what kind though cause as part of the present my girlfriend picked out the fish.
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post #2 of 25 Old 01-16-2012, 04:05 PM Thread Starter
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a few more pics
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post #3 of 25 Old 01-16-2012, 05:26 PM
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hay nice tank,looks like the cats enjoy it too.

when you set up a new tank,hide an extra
sponge or two behind some decor,that way you have
something seeded for you next filter.
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post #4 of 25 Old 01-16-2012, 06:25 PM
Its looking good. One thing that will make it look really nice is a background. Black or blue would both work.

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post #5 of 25 Old 01-17-2012, 10:11 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you, i went out and bought a black background from Petsmart last night....once i get it on i will post some more pics. Any other advice?
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post #6 of 25 Old 01-17-2012, 10:38 AM
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It looks good for a first time. Nice and simple! Hope you enjoy it lot. Fish keeping can be very rewarding! The black background will help lot to bring out the colors. Nice choice there picking one up.

The fish are mollies not sure about the plants. Not the best there and the pics are somewhat blurry.
If you haven't already done so picking up a API Master test kit is plus. Some say a must. That way you can keep an eye on the parameters of the water. Mollies are livebearers btw and need hard water to live in. You can test the water with the test kit to see what kind of water you do have.
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post #7 of 25 Old 01-17-2012, 10:43 AM Thread Starter
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I will pick up a test kit this week...thank you. Mollies are not a good choice? Do you think i need some more live plants?
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post #8 of 25 Old 01-17-2012, 11:17 AM
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Hi Deadstroke174... Welcome to TFK!!
Can't wait to see a pic with the background. I think you will find that the lighter coloured columnns and stonework will pop and be very noticable. You might even find yourself darkening your gravel... I switched my 10 gal to black recently. It's very striking. (shows more poop tho!)
Anyway, Love how the 2 cats hang out on their tower to watch! Make sure your tank top is strong as you may find one of them on top one day getting a drink or trying to touch one of the fish that come to see who is peeking into the back open slot of the top... (speaking from experience).

As for Mollies... as they are not as hardy a fish as they used to be (inbreeding), they are not a good choice for cycling a tank (can die in this process). You have not said how old this tank is, and as you did not have the API test kit yet, we don't exactly know where you are in the Nitrogen Cycle. If you set his up after Christmas then it is still quite early. I'm not sure exactly how many plants it takes to protect your fish from the cycle exactly.
When you get your kit, read all the instruction for each test... do not skip the shaking of bottles or the time schedule for reading the results 5 min, 10 min etc, don't come back a half hour later cause you forgot. They are very important. Also read your results in Daylight at a window or outside... not in direct sunlight too, nor lamp light. These distort the colours you are seeing. Keep a little calender of events of your tank, a written journal of your numbers and additions/deaths/water changes/numbers... it is most helpful when you try to remember how long ago something happened.
Yes the more live plants you add the better to neutalize this cycle. Maybe some floating ones or something that will grow tall to the full height of your tank to help fill in and create a natural effect. Plant them in the back corners and they will grow up into those areas. The shorter one in mid area and shortest in front.
Enjoy... it's a learning journey... can't wait to see your progress here with more pics ongoing.

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post #9 of 25 Old 01-17-2012, 11:23 AM
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Not wrong with Mollies. Just keep in mind their needs and what you can provide them. I was juust telling you what their needs are more or less. If you happy with them and have the right kind of water. I say keep them.
As far as plants well that's up to you. I love fully planted tanks but just like fish plants need certain thing that you have to provide. The more you add to the tank fish wise and plant wise the more involved you have to be.
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post #10 of 25 Old 01-17-2012, 11:48 AM Thread Starter
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thank you guys for the great feedback. I wish i found this site before we started the tank because this information is much better that what the employees at Petsmart provided!!! The tank has only been up for roughly 3 weeks.
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