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occram 08-24-2008 12:30 AM

My new 30 gallon and equipment... Suggestions? Comments?
Hello everyone,

I just wanted to share with the folks on this forum the setup my wife and I just bought, and ask for suggestions or comments. Other than not being able to find an All-Glass retailer without INSANE markup, I think I got decent stuff. Tell me what you think.

Here is what I went with...

30 Gallon Tank
All-Glass Flourescent Hood
Hagen AquaClear 50
Perfect-a-Flo Undergravel Filter
-Hagen PowerHead 30

I have a 24" strip bubbler lining the back wall of the tank and an airstone up front under the gravel... I went with an over-sized box filter for my size tank on this forums advice and figured I'd try out an undergravel filter as well. My PowerHead seems to really stir up small bubbles into the water and one side of the tanks current is pretty rough, I hope the fish will appreciate it. I have a very nice decoration they can hide in for stiller* water.

I got an API Master Test Kit and I'd just like some advice on how to prepare my tank for new fishys. It's been cycling untouched for about 2 weeks now. Tell me what you think and I would appreciate advice from a pro or two... I want to make a stable environment for my wifes fish, she really enjoys this stuff and I want them to be as healthy as possible.


beetlebz 08-24-2008 04:14 AM

all good stuff, but what kinda fish are going in there?

occram 08-24-2008 04:31 AM

That's entirely up to my wife and the advice of the pet store personel. I know we're doing a freshwater community, preferably something that can thrive in the 72-82 degree water temperature range.

Also, forgot to mention my air pump is a Rena 200.

I'm worried that everything isn't just right for the fish.

Amphitrite 08-24-2008 05:52 AM

Hi Mark, and welcome :) When you say the tank has been cycling untouched for two weeks, what exactly do you mean?

What are you using as a source of ammonia to cycle the tank, and have you been taking water readings up until now?

Here's a link to some useful topics:

And here's a link on how to cycle your aquarium:

beetlebz 08-24-2008 06:07 AM

depending on your petstore, id come post on the fish forum for advice rather than a petstore. perhaps stop in to see what they have and then we can help you compile a list you might enjoy. Just yesterday I was at petco, and they were telling a woman you cant mix goldfish and tetras because the goldfish give off toxic ammonia which kills all other fish. *blink*. soooo you really need to be sure you trust who youre asking, but thats just my 2 cents.

take a look see at the links kate put up, theres just about everything you need for a healthy environment in there!

occram 08-25-2008 12:07 PM

Well I've kept taking readings and I cycled the tank with some goldfish. Now when I take readings the only thing of significance that's showing up is about 10ppm of NitrATES. I can never seem to find any Nitrite or Ammonia in the water.

I have a correct amount of aquarium salt in the water for my fish and a couple of ghost shrimp. I use a Hagen Box filter and an undergravel filter with a Hagen powerhead. Think I've got a beneficial bacteria colony?

Amphitrite 08-25-2008 12:10 PM

If you have a nitrate reading and zero ammonia and nitrite then I'd say your tank is cycled :)

Why are you adding aquarium salt?

occram 08-25-2008 12:22 PM

I read in a couple places online that aquarium salt is preferred by the ghost shrimp and it doesn't hurt the other fish I have in there.

occram 08-25-2008 12:24 PM

Oh, and I had another question for the experts in this forum if you don't mind my asking all these questions...

When I do a partial water change, does anyone have any best practices they'd like to share? Before, I used to just suck some of the water out and add new water right from the tap at about the same temperature but I think that might be a little stressful for the fish. Is there any recommendations? Perhaps let the water sit out for a day or two beforehand?

Amphitrite 08-25-2008 12:28 PM

Hi there, and ask away! That's what we're all here for :)

When changing the water, as long as you add water conditioner and ensure that the water being added is approximately the same temperature as the water coming out there's no need to let the water lie.

My fish love water changes and come and swim directly under the flow of water being added.

Are you using a gravel vac to clean the bottom of the tank when you're doing your water changes?

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