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post #1 of 7 Old 10-10-2011, 02:01 PM Thread Starter
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Hi! I'm a total newbie (my tank was just set up 1 week ago) and am looking forward to learning more about how to do this right! I'm almost 14 years old, and I have a 10 gallon aquarium with 3 black skirt tetras (I think they're also known as black widows or something), and am looking to add more soon, since they are doing fine. I do have some old gravel that I had from a goldfish that died that is probably helping things. Anyway, I just want to warn y'all in advance that there will be a lot of silly question coming in the future!

P.S. My fish are named Mr. Wigglesworth, Mr. Bubbles, and Mr. Nibbles, and I have a Golden Mystery Snail named Bob (hence the username).
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post #2 of 7 Old 10-10-2011, 03:54 PM
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Hi and welcome bob!
Don't you worry about posting silly questions, if you look at how many posts I've made, MOST if not all of them were silly questions :) You never learn if you never ask, and some of the people here really know their stuff. Enjoy!

Fish: Betta (Shikari)
1x yo-yo loach (Bill)
2x plattys
5x guppy cross endler hybrids
1x endlers livebearer
several tetras
3 honey gourami
2x glass catfish
Georgina the pleco.

Others: 2x African clawed frogs (Fry & Lila)
2x crazy cats (Merlin and Lucy-furr)
1x male 5 foot corn snake (Sid)
1x male 8 inch baby hognose snake (Truffles)
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post #3 of 7 Old 10-10-2011, 08:08 PM
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Hey Bobthesnail, and his owner! Welcome to TFK!!
Hold off for a little while on adding any more fish until your tank goes thru the Nitrogen Cycle. If you only have plastic plants in your tank then it is going to take 6-8 weeks for this process. Many fish can die in this time frame so I am advising not to add any more yet.
If you have some live plants this will help immensely!
Sadly we have all lost fish during this process, but it takes lots of reading, learning and patience when dealing with fish and tanks. Good Luck!!
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post #4 of 7 Old 10-10-2011, 10:20 PM
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Welcome to TFK, BobtheSnail. As everyone says, don't worry about silly questions. I myself have had some real doozies when I first started! We are glad you joined us.

If you don't stand up for something you'll fall for anything...
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post #5 of 7 Old 10-11-2011, 04:27 AM
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Hi BobtheSnail,

Welcome to TFK I look forward to your tank progress.

Jakiebabie is right about adding any more fish at this time but we'll walk you through the cycling process if you need help.

Animal testing is a terrible idea; they get all nervous and give the wrong answers.
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post #6 of 7 Old 10-16-2011, 03:53 AM
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hello and welcome.

when you set up a new tank,hide an extra
sponge or two behind some decor,that way you have
something seeded for you next filter.
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post #7 of 7 Old 10-18-2011, 06:25 PM
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Hi, and welcome to Tropical Fish Keeping forum. Glad you joined us.


Byron Hosking, BMus, MA
Vancouver, BC, Canada

The aquarist is one who must learn the ways of the biologist, the chemist, and the veterinarian. [unknown source]

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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