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Just set up my first aquarium and have many questions
Old 12-06-2010, 09:52 AM   #1
 
Just set up my first aquarium and have many questions

My tank is 45 gal w ug filter and magnum canister.i just put the water in yesterday with stresscoat+tapwater conditioner and stress zyme+. How long should i wait to add fish? Any suggestions as to what type of fish for a sorta newbie(i used to help my dad with his) and how many i could put in a 45 gal? Any help would be greatly appreciated.:-d
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Old 12-06-2010, 11:24 AM   #2
 
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Welcome to TFK! Before you can add fish, your tank needs to cycle. There are a number of ways to do this and attached is an article that explains how. I prefer the fishless cycling method but what you decide is up to you. As far as fish, what catches your eye??

http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/f...m-cycle-38617/
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Old 12-07-2010, 11:30 AM   #3
 
I like colorful fish that wont get too large for my tank, and that can live in soft ,neutral water with several plants and rock/cave formations. Any suggestions?
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Old 12-07-2010, 11:42 AM   #4
 
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Some suggestions to look at:

Blue Ram (Mikrogeophagus ramirezi)
Bolivian Ram (Mikrogeophagus altispinosus)
or
Honey Gourami (a single male)

plus

2-4 species of tetra, (6-7 of each, number depends on size)
1 species of corydoras (3-4)
and perhaps a bristlenose pleco. :)

Cruise over our profiles- http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/profiles/
pay special attention to the Anabantids, Catfish, and Characins. Rasboras would also work.

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Old 12-07-2010, 11:50 AM   #5
 
thank you. i like colorful fish that wont grow too big for my 45gl tank and that can thrive in soft neutral water with several plants and rock formations. any suggestions?
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Old 12-07-2010, 11:57 AM   #6
 
thanks alot for your suggestions. will i have to add salt to the water for the tetras?
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Old 12-07-2010, 12:08 PM   #7
 
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thanks alot for your suggestions. will i have to add salt to the water for the tetras?
There's a big debate over the pros/cons of using salt in regards to tropical fish but in my mind there is no question...no salt.
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Old 12-07-2010, 12:31 PM   #8
 
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Definately don't use salt. Salt doesn't belong in a freshwater tank.
For some livebearers, minerals in the water can be beneficial, but even then, salt's not the right type of mineral. (Pea gravel and limestone in a filter basket would be better if the fish needed minerals, but soft-water fish don't.)

Also, to be on the safe side, don't worry about rocks at all. Use driftwood and plants for acid-water fish.
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Old 12-07-2010, 03:00 PM   #9
 
thanks again
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Old 12-07-2010, 06:54 PM   #10
 
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Welcome to Tropical Fish Keeping forum. Gald you found us.

Your questions have been expertly answered by other members, and I certainly agree with the answers.

Byron.
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