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Guber 01-29-2009 09:23 AM

Aquarium questions
Hello as you can see I'm new here. I plan on buying a 12 gallon tank in the near future and I'm just curious about how many/what kind of interesting fish I can put in it? As well as easy to maintain live plants. I've done a good amount of research on fishless cycling but any advice on that is more than welcome as well! Thanks in advance. I'm sure i'll have more questions to come within the day.

1077 01-29-2009 11:13 AM

Sparkling gouramis, celestial pearl danios, Neon tetras, pristilla tetras,lemon tetras,White cloud minnows, threadfin rainbows, furcata rainbows are a few that would work. Read up on them and also on cycling a new aquarium or nitrogen cycle of new aquariums. Get the tank set up the way you want it so you don't disturb or stress the fish later making changes to their enviornment.;-)

flight50 01-29-2009 11:45 AM

fishless cycle is the best way. lighting will be important depending on what plants you choose. as a beginner, i would get easy and less demanding plants. don't over stock your tank just because you want a particular fish. a good go by is 1" of fish per gallon. you don't for say have to stick exactly to this but don't go off into the deep end either. get compatible fish. get substrate that is good for plants such as laterate or fluorite. find a lfs that you can trust and takes care of their products. if not, there are several online sites that have great quality products. alot of the times, they are better than lfs.

Guber 01-29-2009 05:09 PM

Thanks a lot for all the info. The only true petstore that is in my town is owned by this lady who must definitely be on drugs and she is completely bias'd toward any petstore but her own as well as biased against freshwater and the one time i went in there she just ridiculed freshwater and pushed me toward going salt and setting up coral. So i really do not like going there. Other than that i have a petsmart about 15m away from home. I'm not well versed in any fish lingo so for the substrate im not sure what any of it means. I do like the look of white sand though considering i'm going for a more tropical look in my tank.

flight50 01-29-2009 05:19 PM

yeah i would leave her alone completely. saltwater is more expensive to maintain. if she is trying to get you to go any other way than what you want, she isn't looking into the interest of her customers. which doesn't equal good business. if the only other place you have is petsmart, you may want to turn to the online sites. most petsmarts aren't well cared for. fish or plants. everything else is fine to get. a great place is bigalsonline. its one of the bigger names in the hobby. i remember getting heaters and hob filters from them back in 2002. still running strong.

Freddiesbuns 01-29-2009 08:10 PM

I have pygmy corydoras in my 10g and I love the little buggers! There are also 2 other species of dwarf cories (Habrosus and Hastatus). Very active and lively fishes, they get along with everyone but need to live in group.

Guber 01-29-2009 08:21 PM

Yeah i definitely steer clear of the lady. So petsmart is a no for purchasing fish and plants themselves? but the aquarium, heater etc is fine? Also what would a good choice for a heater for a 12 gallon tank be?

MBilyeu 01-29-2009 11:58 PM

2 of the 3 Petsmarts by my house are relatively well cared for, so before you discount buying from your local pet store I would check in on their tanks a few times to see what the consistency of care is. You are almost guaranteed to get better quality fish from some online sites, but if you were to get 10 neon tetras from petsmart it will be about $20. If you get them from a nice online site, you will pay the $20 plus another $15-30 for shipping. Is it worth it? Depending on the species of fish and the quantity, it could go either way.

BTW- Prices are subject to change, limited to quantity on hand. Neon Tetra is a registered species of the Tetra community. Distribution and duplication could happen at anytime, please check your local laws of the fact that you have just wasted the last 10 seconds reading this nonsense...:lol:

Guber 01-30-2009 12:02 AM

Yeah I'm fairly confident in the Petsmart nearby. Last time i went in all the employees in the fish department seemed really knowledgable and willing to help with whatever we asked. Online so far though the eclipse 12 is about 40 dollars cheaper even with paying shipping for it compared to just buying from Petsmart. I'm curious what sort of low maintenance plants would go well with a tropical themed tank also, what a good choice for a heater would be.

MBilyeu 01-30-2009 12:14 AM

I can't speak to the plants question, but as far as heaters go Visi-therm by marineland seem to be peoples favorite. I use Theo heaters and have never had a problem. If you use a Visi-therm Stealth heater and put a black background on your tank, your heater will blend in, and this creates a nice look. As far as wattage goes, you probably wont need anything over 50.

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