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post #1 of 8 Old 01-26-2008, 08:57 AM Thread Starter
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Newbie With a tank..

Hey everyone..

Got given a small tank which i intend to keep a few small colorful tropical fish. as the littlen loves watching them.

So far i have placed a gravel filter (i believe) at the base of the tank with the gravel placed on top.. as well as 3 plastic plants, and 2 other bits..

the tanks been filled with clean cold tap water..

went to the local fish shop today and was recommended to use API stress coat to treat the water..

i have a few queries tho..

dose the tube of the gravel filter need to be below water level. and how long should i wait to get some fish as i dont want to buy some and kill them off..

thanks in advance

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post #2 of 8 Old 01-26-2008, 09:03 AM
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You should use rom-temperature water instead of cold water. You need to dechlorinate it as well - there is natural clhorine in our water, and fish hate it.

You should buy a heater to keep the temperature around 78-80 degrees farenheit.

The tank needs to cycle for a few weeks before you should add fish. The easiest way to do this is to add fish food in the tank, without fish. The fastest, but not nicest way to to use fish. Zebra Danios are very hardy, and usually survive a cycle.

Buy a water testing kit as well.
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post #3 of 8 Old 01-26-2008, 09:20 AM Thread Starter
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the water been sat since last night..

i have a heater in there set at 25c as per the reccomentation of the fish shop..and its nicly heating up now according to the thermometer on the tank..

was told the stress coat would kill off the chlorine and other crap in the water.
)guy in shop used the s word lol)
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post #4 of 8 Old 01-26-2008, 11:05 AM
You should wait for the tank to cycle before adding fish. This takes anywhere from 2-12 weeks, largely depending on the size of the tank. The nitrogen cycle is the single most important thing in fish keeping. It is what keeps the water healthy and the fish alive. Practice patience here. You will need to get a good test kit to be able to test the water to best determine when the cycle is finished.

I keep the tops of the lift tubes just below thesurgace of hte water.
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post #5 of 8 Old 01-26-2008, 11:09 AM
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Just wondering what size is the tank? It looks nice.
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post #6 of 8 Old 01-26-2008, 11:17 AM Thread Starter
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Just wondering what size is the tank? It looks nice.
well i measered the volume at 30L.. its not bad consideing i got it all free.

Tank/Pump/Bulb/ what you see in the tank..

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You should wait for the tank to cycle before adding fish. This takes anywhere from 2-12 weeks, largely depending on the size of the tank. The nitrogen cycle is the single most important thing in fish keeping. It is what keeps the water healthy and the fish alive. Practice patience here. You will need to get a good test kit to be able to test the water to best determine when the cycle is finished.
ill pick up a tester tomorrow. never kept tropical fish before.. just the odd goldfish i won at the fair lol..

just wanna see some fish in, i know the littlen (18mths) will spend all day just staring at it

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I keep the tops of the lift tubes just below the surface of the water.
as u can see from the photo the top bit is just above the water level.. but i assume it will be ok to leave it like this as when the fish arrive the water will rise..

didnt want to go too high as there is a small crack at the top of the tank and was avoiding getting that high
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post #7 of 8 Old 01-26-2008, 06:20 PM
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The water will be just fine a little below the top of the tank. I would recommend that you read the article on how to do a cycle. It will get you off to a good start without killing any fish. Try looking here: http://www.aquariacentral.com/forums...ad.php?t=84598
I couldn't find the similar article here although I'm sure there is one.
There is an advantage to having your water a little low. If you get "mystery snails" they reproduce by laying eggs above the water line. It looks like you would have just enough room for them to do that. The snails will do best in a properly cycled aquarium also.
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post #8 of 8 Old 01-27-2008, 07:29 AM
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I don't have a whole lot of usefull info to share as I'm pretty new at this myself. I can however, tell you from experience that there is no point in starting a tank without a good test kit.
Trying to keep healthy fish without one is like running an obstacle coarse blindfolded. It can't be done.

Thanks for all you time everyone.
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