Does my tank need anything else?
I bought a brand new tank on friday and filled it the same day as i filled it I put in API stress coat to remove chlorine and chloramines and API stress zyme that contains live bacteria. Should I put anything else in there to make the water suitable before I put my fish in? Sorry if this seems a bit basic I'm really new to this :oops:
Do you have a filter and heater? What size tank is it, and what fish are you planning on getting?
I strongly urge you to read up on the aquarium cycle and do a fishless cycle on your tank before adding any fish.
Here's an article on cycling to get you started:
For some reason, many people at fish stores will tell you to let the tank run for 48 hours before adding fish. This really accomplishes nothing. To cycle a tank, you need an ammonia source and a good liquid test kit as well as plenty of patience. It can take two to eight weeks to cycle an aquarium.
I have a filter and a heater. Its a 30 litre tank or 6.6 gallons. I just wanted something small in there like barbs, guppies or neons, most probably guppies.
Guppies would work well in a tank that size. Keep in mind that if you get mixed sexes, they will breed like crazy. If you get females from the store, odds are they're already pregnant and they can have several batches of fry from just one mating. Be prepared to find new homes for the babies. Or, of course, you could avoid that problem altogether and just get males.
There are several small tetras that would also work, such as neons or ember flame tetras. These fish need to be in schools of six to thrive, so that would limit your other stocking options. Most barbs get too large for that tank, but cherry barbs should work nicely. A group of four females and two males would be great.
Cycling the tank is something I am reading much more into. I am interested in the water chemesty so it will be something I can master. If you are using a live bacteria supliment I think you can set a very easy goal of having a cycled tank in 2 weeks.
It is important to test the water with the liquid API kits like batman suggested. Most local fish stores will test your water for you for free. I take advantage of this, since I have one only a couple miles away, by only buying the API ammonia test kit and have the local fish store test for everything else.
Thaks for the advice guys! I'll just be patient and wait for my fish's sake. What can you advise i get for a 30 litre tank thats 6.6 gallons.
I hope your still looking in on your post, because you need also to stabalize your ph. It's easy su don't get excited your LFS will tell you your waters ph and show you what to use,theres a 7.0 neutral powder thats non-fail or acid- ph up/down.Cycle is sold in most every aqua-kit now, but if your doind it yourself feed your empty tank a pinch of food 2x dail. A BETTA would go great and a middle swimmer then a bottom fish(cat).good luck
make sure you get a filter and heater and let the water filter for a week or soo
Well It is ok to put only 3 hardy fish a week in your tank if its new. You need to wait at least 3 days and use bateria starter and salt.
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