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post #1 of 6 Old 08-19-2010, 10:08 AM Thread Starter
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Cool NEW 55g Project

So. I am new to the aquarium community, i bought my first aquarium about a month ago and I am completely hooked. I originally bought a 29g tank setup at Petsupermarket and immediately realized it was not enough. I recently snagged a 55 gallon tank and stand (for free) its funny how things fall in your lap. I am looking for suggestions on how to set it up. I plan on makng this a freshwater tank and replicate the natural environment as much as humanly possible, to include live plants and keep agressive fish i.e Ciichlids, jack dempsey, and others. I am looking for advice on how to set this thing up... the skys the limit. lighting, filtration, pumps, etc.

Thank you in advance for all you help, Fish Community

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post #2 of 6 Old 08-20-2010, 05:10 AM
first important consideration is your water supplies pH - this will affect which fish you can keep. I'd advise getting a test kit for pH, ammonia, nitrites and nitrates if you haven't already - the API kit is very popular

If you're intending on having live plants please read Byron's stickies at the top of the the Aquarium Plants section of the forum:

this will give you some excellent info on lighting, filtration and substrates:

Many cichlids will not be compatible with plants as they will dig them up. Fish profiles can be found on the top bar of the forum for more info.
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post #3 of 6 Old 08-20-2010, 05:34 AM
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I second everything that sik80 has said!

Welcome to TFK! Glad you've joined us!

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post #4 of 6 Old 08-20-2010, 07:59 AM
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Welcome and I agree with what the others said. LOL

Kindest Regards,

Keeping fish its not a hobby it is a passion!

55 gallon, 44 gallon, one 20 gallon tank, three 10 gallon tanks, and a 2.5 gallon all with real plants.

I have MTS and there is no cure.

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post #5 of 6 Old 08-20-2010, 08:11 AM
chilids and plans are like a gardener doing the garden after a bad hangover

5x2x2 aro,highfin bat,fei feng,ST,albino tinfoil,c.perch
4x1.5x1.5 planted tetras,harlequins,
otto,WMM,2 types of celebes rainbows,rcs,amano, bamboo,red ramhorns,MTS
3.5x2.5x2 flowerhorn,pleco
3x1.5x1.5 russel's lion,blue cleaner,sixline and leopard wrasse,maroon clown pair,green chromis,scorpion,tiger cowrie,turbo,lyretail anthias,jewel,anemone,star polyp,marbled and giant green mushi,zoa
2x1x1 nano sw shrimps
22 May 2012
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post #6 of 6 Old 08-20-2010, 08:33 AM Thread Starter
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I have the API Master Test Kit. My tap water PH is 7.6 which is slightly high, I am having trouble with this in my other tank. I am looking to keep agressive fish as well as having live plants. So I have my research ahead of me to figure out the best species to keep. Thank you for all your help!
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