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post #1 of 17 Old 10-09-2013, 09:58 PM Thread Starter
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Hey i just joined the site

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I have owned fresh water fish in the past mostly guppies and mollies and goldfish. I am wanting to get back into tropical fish keeping again. But i want to be a better fish keeper. Any advice would be great :)
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post #2 of 17 Old 10-10-2013, 05:28 AM
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Hello and welcome to the forum

I guess the place to start would be the size of the tank that you have room for and fits your budget.

Any thoughts on that yet?
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post #3 of 17 Old 10-10-2013, 05:34 AM
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hi! welcome to the site!!!! For your tropical tank I would make it a MUST to do a planted tank. plants help the absorb a lot of the waste the fish give off and can rly help keep your water stable. Also I would definitely get Eco Complete or Flora Max substrate especially if u want corys or any fish that are bottom dwellers to get fine sand or pebbles so they don't scratch their stomachs. How big is your tank gonna be and what type of fish were you thinking of stocking it with?

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post #4 of 17 Old 10-10-2013, 09:57 AM
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Plants aren't necessary. If you want to mess with them then great, go for it. If you don't, no big deal - doesn't change a thing.

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post #5 of 17 Old 10-10-2013, 10:05 AM
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Hi and welcome to Tropical Fish Keeping!!

I have to say plants are a wonderful thing BUT I agree with jaysee they are not necessary a cycle tank that has matured can handle keeping the water stable just fine as long as you keep up the maintenance on the tank.

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post #6 of 17 Old 10-10-2013, 11:15 AM Thread Starter
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Thank You guys :). I'm thinking a 50g so that i can add a divider so i can have guppies,tetra,mollies, and an algae eater on one side and maybe a few others and some sharks on the other side. I like the look of having plants and the sand as substrate. I do want to get into fish breeding but not to make money. i just want to raise them.
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post #7 of 17 Old 10-10-2013, 11:23 AM
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There aren't many sharks that are going to fit in a divided 50 gallon. Many can barely fit in the whole 50.

125 - BGK, chanchito cichlid, pictus cats, silver dollars, palmas bichir
125 - cichlids (severums, bolivian rams, chocolate), rainbows ( turquoise, red), loaches (angelicus, zebra, kuhli and horseface), plecos (BN, RL and clown), denison barbs, tiretrack eel, pearl gouramis, betta
90 - Congo tetras, african knife, upside down cats, spotted ctenopoma, kribensis, delhezzi bichir
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post #8 of 17 Old 10-10-2013, 11:29 AM Thread Starter
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ok. i wasn't sure i haven't really ever had sharks before. I saw the smaller ones at like petsmart, petco, and walmart but I've never done research on them or had experience with them.
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post #9 of 17 Old 10-10-2013, 12:22 PM
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yeah, those small sharks at the store grow up, and get pretty territorial.

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125 - cichlids (severums, bolivian rams, chocolate), rainbows ( turquoise, red), loaches (angelicus, zebra, kuhli and horseface), plecos (BN, RL and clown), denison barbs, tiretrack eel, pearl gouramis, betta
90 - Congo tetras, african knife, upside down cats, spotted ctenopoma, kribensis, delhezzi bichir
2.5 - betta
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post #10 of 17 Old 10-10-2013, 12:35 PM Thread Starter
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I'm thinking of doing mostly just Guppies. I love the color of guppies and i have experience with them.
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