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MrBishop 12-06-2009 06:18 AM

Newbie with a New Tank.
 
Hey all i have a new 300ltr tank, what fish should i put in and how many?

thanks

Dan

Twistersmom 12-06-2009 08:28 AM

If you are going to do a fish cycle, you will want to start out with a few hardy fish, that can handle a little exposure to ammonia and nitrites. Danios are considered one of the best cycle fish. That size tank, you could start out with 3-4 giant danios. Very pretty fish.

Understanding how the aquarium cycle works, is important when setting up a new tank. A brief discription... after adding fish, you will start getting reading for ammonia, then nitrites, and then nitrates. Both ammonia and nitrites, are toxic to your fish. You will start building up nitrates, beneficial bacteria, that latter in the cycle will be able to "eat up" the ammonia and nitrites. So once the tank is cycled, your tank will always test zero for ammonia and nitrites, providing your tank is not overstocked and you preform weekly partial water changes.

While the tank is in cycle mode, you will need to test the water daily. The API liquid freshwater testing kit, is a good kit to have. New tanks can be a lot of hard work. In order for the fish to live through the cycle, I try to keep ammonia and nitrites under .25 ppm. There will be times, daily partial water changes are needed to keep ammonia and nitrites at safe levels.

rrcoolj 12-06-2009 09:12 AM

Well after the tank is properly cycled in such. Your options are limitless. You could have a peacefull fish tank with like oscars, earth eaters, discus, and angels. There's african cichlids like mbunas, peacocks, haps, frontosas, tropheus, and many other tanganyikan cichlids. Or you could go central american aggressive like red devil, jaguar, texas, and jack dempsey. Of coarse there are many more options. It comes down to personal prefrence and experience level. What do you prefer? What are you looking for in this fish tank as far as activity, aggression, etc?

MrBishop 12-06-2009 04:33 PM

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Originally Posted by rrcoolj (Post 285730)
Well after the tank is properly cycled in such. Your options are limitless. You could have a peacefull fish tank with like oscars, earth eaters, discus, and angels. There's african cichlids like mbunas, peacocks, haps, frontosas, tropheus, and many other tanganyikan cichlids. Or you could go central american aggressive like red devil, jaguar, texas, and jack dempsey. Of coarse there are many more options. It comes down to personal prefrence and experience level. What do you prefer? What are you looking for in this fish tank as far as activity, aggression, etc?

Hi mate thanks for reply. im look for colourful and active fish, i want one or two cool fish in there to.

rrcoolj 12-06-2009 07:19 PM

hmm colorful and active sounds like maybe malawi's. Peacocks and mbunas make very beautiful active tanks. Peacocks like more of an open tank while mbunas like rockwork and caves.Mbunas are also more aggressive. Therer are tons of species out there so I would read up but you will be rewarded with a very lively tank. Describe what you mean by "cool" fish?

stephanieleah 12-06-2009 07:54 PM

If I can make a suggestion, live plants are the highlight of my tank. I get many compliments and I think the fish love to hang out in the plants. It also helps with cycling the tank.

You might also check out people's aquarium photos to get ideas on how to landscape your tank. I wish I could start from scratch...I'd use a different substrate, different shaped wood, etc. Anyway, have fun!

And definitely do your research on the fish you want BEFORE you add it to your tank! Don't make the mistake I've made (more than once)...

rrcoolj 12-06-2009 08:22 PM

I agree please do as much reserch as possible! Too many fish die because of ignorant people. Don't be one of them! If ypu want a planted tank go with south american cichlids like angels, rams, etc.

MrBishop 12-07-2009 06:57 AM

ok cool. so when you say cycle tank do you mean get all the bacteria building and stuff?

is a dwarf puffer a cool fish? lol

MoneyMitch 12-07-2009 02:49 PM

dopnt get a DP they are species only in terms of co habitation, i would stick with south american cichlids or more towards african cichlids. africans are some of the hardyest out there and look awsome and have great personalitys. dont worrie about fish dying during the cycle. you could get 5-6 africans that are around 3-4 inches and cycle with that for about a month. as long as you stay up on w/c you will be fine. this is what i did and it works perfectly and stress free. feel free to pm me if you want any more info on africans or cycle~

MoneyMitch 12-07-2009 02:51 PM

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Originally Posted by MoneyMitch (Post 286320)
dopnt get a DP they are species only in terms of co habitation, i would stick with south american cichlids or more towards african cichlids. africans are some of the hardyest out there and look awsome and have great personalitys. dont worrie about fish dying during the cycle. you could get 5-6 africans that are around 3-4 inches and cycle with that for about a month. as long as you stay up on w/c you will be fine. this is what i did and it works perfectly and stress free. feel free to pm me if you want any more info on africans or cycle~

i would also like to add that some of the rams out there are hard to keep and can be very sensitive to water condiotns, IMHO not the fish to cycle with.


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