04-08-2011, 12:05 AM
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Originally Posted by regan
hi i am new to the forum, i use many different forums for other hobbies and i have chosen this one for my new fish hobbie! i have in the past had goldfish which lasted 4years with no filter so i do care!!
i have just purchased a biorb life 45l tank in a sale for £180 very happy with the deal i also purchased a heater which i was advised is the right size for the tank, i intend on getting tropical fish.
i know i need to cyle my tank before i even think about fish, my question is do i buy live plants now or do i need to wait for my tank to finish cyleing?
my biggest question is i am going to have the tank in my room so would it be the end of the world if i set the a timmer for the fitler so i could have 8hours sleep? i was hoping with live plants and less fish for the size of the tank i could get away with it?
sorry for the large first post thanks for any tips or help
Welcome to TFK! We are happy to have you with us.
Cycle with plants, for sure. It will speed the cycle. With enough plants and a few fish to start you will have an instant cyle. A timer works wonders, I have them on all my tanks. All timers come on at 10am and shut off at 9pm. Fish require rest, just as we do. In nature they get their 12 hours rest, with most of that being complete dark, with no light at all. At the top of each subforum here are "stickies" which contain alot of great info. If you have the time you might want to peruse those. Again, welcome!