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post #31 of 33 Old 02-02-2012, 12:08 PM
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well that 1-2 weeks came from a friend that has had fish for a while and said that 2 weeks should have the tank ready, or i think that there is some sort of declorinator that claims fish can be added right away after setting up a new tank.
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Fishboss, welcome to Tropical Fish Keeping forum.

I am not being disrespectful, please understand that, when I say that you have a lot of research to do in order to sort all this out. Being well versed in the biology of an aquarium goes a long way toward initial success, as opposed to many dead fish and perhaps giving up.

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well that 1-2 weeks came from a friend that has had fish for a while and said that 2 weeks should have the tank ready, or i think that there is some sort of dechlorinator that claims fish can be added right away after setting up a new tank.
Dechlorinators (water conditioners) are essential to remove chlorine and chloramine, but that has nothing to do with establishing the bacteria cycle. Here's another article by one of our members on this:
http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/f...m-cycle-38617/

Aside from this, there is the planning for the correct type of filter, heater, light; and this depends upon the type of fish you intend. Water parameters also impact this; the water out of your tap may be soft or hard, acidic or basic, and some fish need one or the other, some manage "in the middle."

Compatibility, which includes behaviour issues but goes far beyond that with similar water parameters (including temperature) and the environment (decor, like wood, rocks, plants, caves, sand, gravel...). If you intend staying with cichlids, you may be limited, as many are large, some aggressive to various degrees, and they can be very specific with water parameters (hardness and pH). This may be of some help:
http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/f...tocking-38626/

And we have fish profiles, second tab from the left in the Blue Bar across the top of the page. Many species are included, and data on tank size, numbers, water parameters, etc. is included for each.

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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 youíre going to take it under your wing then youíre 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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post #33 of 33 Old 02-02-2012, 01:01 PM
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I came across this thread and have merged another thread on the same topic into it so we are all on the same page.

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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 youíre going to take it under your wing then youíre 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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