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jradish 02-17-2009 09:09 PM

new guy here a few questions
Ok so this is my first aquarium ever, I just decided today to go out and get one as I've been reading up on them the past week or so. I bought a 20 gallon premium aquarium kit by aquatic gardens from petco. It looks great, took me a while to figure out how to get water to flow through the filter but after jiggling it around it started working. I went there with the intent of getting the 12 gallon eclipse but they didnt have any.

The thing is I know for sure the tv-stand entertainment thing im using would of been able to hold a smaller one no problem, so I didnt think about getting a stand. And then I just put the 20 gallon on it with no problem and filled it up. I bought it 5-6 years ago at office depot and put it together. its about a foot and a half tall and theres about an inch leftover uncovered on every side. Theres a slight tilt to it, about 1/2 centimeter in one corner. I stood on it( im about the same weight as the 20 gal) and put some pressure before I used it and it seemed pretty sturdy. Theres no support directly in the middle, but the top isnt bowing at all. Should I be worried about the stand breaking and flooding my apartment? I definately dont have the instructions anymore to know who makes it or anything.

I pet a few plants in it, two bleheri and one water wisteria, I didn't take them out of there pot I just put rocks all around them, I dont know if thats right. Hope they grow. I'm not really sure what fish to get when its ready, probably ones the girlfriend thinks are cute, I definately want a catfish or two in the mix though.

FordMan 02-17-2009 09:25 PM

if your random furniture hasn't broke yet it prob won't anytime soon i do the human weight test too me and my chick sat on our coffe table for at least 30 minutes to see if it could hold our 20 gallon haha whats you lighting like? corries are great catfish pleco and other sucker fish don't suck as much algae as you want them too and they can be a hassle corries are a pretty easy fish to keepas a begginner i'd stick too corries tetra's guppies mollies platties sword tails danios and barbs, Cichlids rams oscars jack dempsy's etc can be a pain in the A if your not super anal about sexing them and getting the tank perfect not to mention the agression and how they like to mess up plants

jradish 02-17-2009 10:18 PM

alright.. its a 15 watt flourescent lamp

Burninator 02-17-2009 10:24 PM

also make sure you read the articles on cycling your tank before you try and put fish in. Better to do things right from the start then to cause headaches and dead fish.

Make sure you do your research on the planted tank part. You have to make sure your fish are plant friendly along with helping to make sure your plants stay alive as well

aunt kymmie 02-17-2009 11:02 PM

I always gently take the pots off and then plant them. They will have a tendency to get root bound in the pots and not grow as nicely if they stay in the pots.

FordMan 02-17-2009 11:06 PM

yeah word up to aunt kimmie also you want around a 6500k color temp out of your florecent make sure it's around these and not a 2700k which alot are

jradish 02-18-2009 12:26 AM

I looked on the bulb but didnt see anything but 15W, I would have to buy a new hood to get more wattage right?. In retrospect I may just use plastic plants since I am new to this unless java fern would grow under 15w. thanks for the help

FordMan 02-18-2009 05:18 PM

i grow java's and sword plants under a 15 watt in my ten gallon works great and has for months

ecooper 02-18-2009 08:52 PM

I agree with FordMan ... I've also used anacharis. Rule of thumb I've been told for a low light set up is approximately 1 - 1.5 watt/gallon so you probably could get away with what you've got.

Good research site I've used in the past on plants (I haven't bought from them though) is Freshwater Plants: Freshwater Aquarium Plant Species for the Home Aquarium. It lists a range of plants with a good description, care level and lighting requirements. Hope it helps your research.

jradish 02-19-2009 07:56 PM

thanks for the reply's i'll probably try plants and see what happens. Also I used all black gravel and a black background(poster board) Do you think I should change one of those to add a little more color so my fish wont be emo? I have a white rock and some fake plants in there. I guess what im asking is do fish act happier with colorful environments

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