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post #1 of 13 Old 11-27-2011, 11:22 AM Thread Starter
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Hello! from Castle Rock, CO

Hi! I'm Christian, Criss, or Criss Fish (Fisher is my last name) *cue over used Fisher irony joke*

Anyways, Im 18 and new to the aquarium scene. I got my first tank a couple of weeks ago and just last night put the first fish in to start cycling it. The tank is a 60 Gal tall show tank i got from craigslist for what i thought was a great deal. it came with a matching stand and i'm very happy with it so far.

it has 4 "MED" sized tiger barbs in there now, but there will soon be more.

I actually found this forum when i was searching google for what type of fish to get for cycling.

Im excited to get started here and to learn new things so i can further my tank!

-Criss Fish
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post #2 of 13 Old 11-27-2011, 06:09 PM
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Hi Chris! Welcome to the group! May I suggest you read this to help you get through the cycle:
and this to help with the stocking:
and then if your interested in doing real plants there are others that are great to read. And of course you can ask any questions and we will be more than happy to help.
; )

Kindest Regards,

Keeping fish its not a hobby it is a passion!

I have a 55 gallon, 40 gallon, 29 gallon, 20 gallon tank, 5 gallon , and a 2.5 gallon all with real plants.
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post #3 of 13 Old 11-27-2011, 09:49 PM
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Welcome to TFK, Criss Fish. We are glad you joined us.

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post #4 of 13 Old 11-28-2011, 12:07 AM Thread Starter
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thanks :)

both of those links were very helpful, thank you.

it's going to be a kind of shared tank with me and my girl, and i told her she can look at fish online she likes and i will research and see if we can put them in.

where would a good place be to ask about things like that?
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post #5 of 13 Old 11-28-2011, 07:07 AM
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Hello and welcome to TFK

Once you figure out the ph and hardness of your tap water, you'll be able to find fish that will work well in your setup.

Compatability with the other fish will be another important thing to consider and since you started with tiger barbs, you'll want to build around them since they are semi-agressive.

Animal testing is a terrible idea; they get all nervous and give the wrong answers.
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post #6 of 13 Old 11-28-2011, 07:21 AM
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welcome to the forum :):):)

190L Tropical Aquarium

a wise fish keeper said to me "your not a fish keeper , your a water keeper the fish just live in it"
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2 Bristlenose Plecs
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post #7 of 13 Old 11-28-2011, 08:44 AM
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Hi Criss Fish. Welcome from Ontario!
There areTropicaln Fish Profiles in the top dark blue bar. Click on it, Type in "Barb" and you will get a listing that includes the Tiger Barb.
It should tell you min numbers, feeding, PH and water req, plus possible tank mates ETC. Looks like you have done well by going with a 60 gallon and you have not made the mistake many of us have by putting too many fish into too small a tank. Go slow as you need to build up the good bacteria and get thru the Nitrogen Cycle. This can take up to 6-8 weeks. Remember to use a good water conditioner like Prime with each water change. There are many expenses ahead of you... lol... you have crossed over to the dark side you know.... it's an addiction... the owner that sold you the tank didn't bother to mention that did he? Hehehe.
That's ok.... we all have the same addiction in here! Ask any question you want. You'll get lots of opinions!! But we are kind and always try to help. Good luck and keep us posted!!

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post #8 of 13 Old 11-28-2011, 07:20 PM
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Welcome to Tropical Fish Keeping forum. Nice to have you with us.


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Vancouver, BC, Canada

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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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post #9 of 13 Old 11-30-2011, 10:53 AM Thread Starter
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thanks for all the welcomes guys
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post #10 of 13 Old 11-30-2011, 03:04 PM
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i lived in castle rock last winter! it was a great town, except for the fact that it shuts down completely at 9pm. It was a very pretty place however.
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