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andrewsz123 08-19-2010 10:08 AM

NEW 55g Project
So. I am new to the aquarium community, i bought my first aquarium about a month ago and I am completely hooked. I originally bought a 29g tank setup at Petsupermarket and immediately realized it was not enough. I recently snagged a 55 gallon tank and stand (for free) its funny how things fall in your lap. I am looking for suggestions on how to set it up. I plan on makng this a freshwater tank and replicate the natural environment as much as humanly possible, to include live plants and keep agressive fish i.e Ciichlids, jack dempsey, and others. I am looking for advice on how to set this thing up... the skys the limit. lighting, filtration, pumps, etc.

Thank you in advance for all you help, Fish Community


sik80 08-20-2010 05:10 AM

first important consideration is your water supplies pH - this will affect which fish you can keep. I'd advise getting a test kit for pH, ammonia, nitrites and nitrates if you haven't already - the API kit is very popular

If you're intending on having live plants please read Byron's stickies at the top of the the Aquarium Plants section of the forum:

this will give you some excellent info on lighting, filtration and substrates:

Many cichlids will not be compatible with plants as they will dig them up. Fish profiles can be found on the top bar of the forum for more info.

JohnnyD44 08-20-2010 05:34 AM

I second everything that sik80 has said!

Welcome to TFK! Glad you've joined us!

Calmwaters 08-20-2010 07:59 AM

Welcome and I agree with what the others said. LOL

kitten_penang 08-20-2010 08:11 AM

chilids and plans are like a gardener doing the garden after a bad hangover

andrewsz123 08-20-2010 08:33 AM

I have the API Master Test Kit. My tap water PH is 7.6 which is slightly high, I am having trouble with this in my other tank. I am looking to keep agressive fish as well as having live plants. So I have my research ahead of me to figure out the best species to keep. Thank you for all your help!

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