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post #1 of 10 Old 12-06-2010, 09:52 AM Thread Starter
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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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post #2 of 10 Old 12-06-2010, 11:24 AM
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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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post #3 of 10 Old 12-07-2010, 11:30 AM Thread Starter
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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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post #4 of 10 Old 12-07-2010, 11:42 AM
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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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post #5 of 10 Old 12-07-2010, 11:50 AM Thread Starter
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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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post #6 of 10 Old 12-07-2010, 11:57 AM Thread Starter
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thanks alot for your suggestions. will i have to add salt to the water for the tetras?
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post #7 of 10 Old 12-07-2010, 12:08 PM
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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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post #8 of 10 Old 12-07-2010, 12:31 PM
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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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post #9 of 10 Old 12-07-2010, 03:00 PM Thread Starter
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thanks again
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post #10 of 10 Old 12-07-2010, 06:54 PM
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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.

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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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