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kender42 07-05-2008 03:00 PM

Setting up a new tank (need tips)
 
I am setting up a new tank for my goldfish (I only have one) I'm going to get a ten gallon with a (normal?) filter. Not under gravel filter. My question is mainly how long should I let the tank sit before adding the fish? Do I just need to wait until the water is room temp or wait for a day? two days? I'm a noob so I have no idea what I'm doing.

Thanks!

Kender

PS: I know the tank is too small but it's the biggest I'm allowed to get.

iamntbatman 07-05-2008 04:08 PM

You need to let the tank cycle completely. How long that will take has to do with a lot of factors.

Here are two articles on cycling a tank:

http://www.fishforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=343

http://www.fishforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=3738

beweeb 07-05-2008 04:29 PM

Quote:

PS: I know the tank is too small but it's the biggest I'm allowed to get.
why dont u see if your lfs(local fish store) will take your gold fish back then u should get five zebra danios 5 kuhli loaches and a dwarf gourami [ make shore your tank is cycled]

kender42 07-05-2008 05:12 PM

How long does fish cycling take? What kind of fish should I use?

beweeb 07-05-2008 06:12 PM

i would use 3 or 4 feeder guppies Mine made it through the cycle.
It should take about 2 to 4 weeks but theres no way to tell when its over unless u test the water for nitrites and ammonia. Your lfs should have test kits
i would recommend getting a liquid test kit not the strips

okiemavis 07-05-2008 07:15 PM

This goldfish is currently in a really tiny tank- so it's better to put the goldfish in the 10G tank and cycle with that. There's already a huge ammonia concentration in the small tank so the 10G will be an upgrade even if it is cycling.

beweeb 07-05-2008 10:21 PM

oh yea didnt think of that


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