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Cashlaw 03-10-2009 11:55 AM

New 29G Tiger Barb Tank - Noob Questions!
 
Hi,

What a great forum! Wondering if anyone could help a noob?

OK, I'm setting up a 29 gallon tank, brand new. This is what I've done so far. I'm hoping some experienced people might be able to comment on anything I'm missing or need to do?

It's a 29 gallon glass tank from Petco, side-hanging charcoal filter rated for up to 30 gallons, small submerged heater set to 72F, marbles and artificial plants on the bottom. I filled it with water, added anti-chlorine/anti-chloramine tablets, and then added 1/8 tsp of a good bacteria starter. Let it run for a couple of hours, checked the PH with a strip (it came out exactly in the middle of the normal range), then added 5 very small Tiger Barbs.

The barbs seem okay, they are swimming everywhere in a cute little pack. I'm feeding them only once per day. But after sitting overnight, the water is a little cloudy.

I put the tank on a heavy wood dresser, and just noticed this morning that the four corners of the metal frame around the tank are solid / flat on the dresser, but in the middle, there is a very shallow bow in the dresser wood . . . you can slide a piece of paper into it, but not a credit card. Is that anything to worry about? I'd hate to have 30 gallons of water and injured fish flying everywhere if the tank cracks . . . .

Thoughts?

Twistersmom 03-10-2009 03:53 PM

Thats over 200 pounds sitting ontop the dresser, I would be a little worried myself.
Nice choice of a fish, I love my tiger barbs.
You are going to need a thermometer, if you do not already have one. The temperature your heater is set at, is not always the temperature of the water. I think 76- 78deg would be a good temperature for tiger barbs.
Have you read up on cycling an aquarium?
You are going to need a good water test kit. Ammonia and nitrites can spike very high when cycling a tank. Many water changes may be needed to keep these at lower levels till your tank is cycled.
Good luck with your new fish!

Sj45 03-11-2009 07:39 PM

You need an aquarium test kit, read up on cycling a fish tank. You can use strips but liquid test tend to be of better quality.

Most people here seem to prefer API Freshwater Master Test Kit, which is a good one.

Temperature needs to go up, and get a cheap thermometer to monitor the temperature, set your heater to 78-80F.

Sj45 03-11-2009 07:41 PM

Welcome to the Fish Forum.

You need an aquarium test kit, read up on cycling a fish tank. You can use strips but liquid test tend to be of better quality.

Most people here seem to prefer API Freshwater Master Test Kit, which is a good one.

Temperature needs to go up, and get a cheap thermometer to monitor the temperature, set your heater to 78-80F.

MBilyeu 03-12-2009 11:18 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Cashlaw (Post 178926)
I'd hate to have 30 gallons of water and injured fish flying everywhere if the tank cracks . . . .


I would be more worried about the dresser breaking than the tank cracking. As it sits now, I wouldn't worry about it too much as long as the gap doesn't get any bigger. If any of the drawers start to stick, then you will know that the tank is putting too much weight on the dresser.


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