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Just set up my first aquarium and have many questions
My tank is 45 gal w ug filter and magnum canister.i just put the water in yesterday with stresscoat+tapwater conditioner and stress zyme+. How long should i wait to add fish? Any suggestions as to what type of fish for a sorta newbie(i used to help my dad with his) and how many i could put in a 45 gal? Any help would be greatly appreciated.:-d
Welcome to TFK! Before you can add fish, your tank needs to cycle. There are a number of ways to do this and attached is an article that explains how. I prefer the fishless cycling method but what you decide is up to you. As far as fish, what catches your eye??
I like colorful fish that wont get too large for my tank, and that can live in soft ,neutral water with several plants and rock/cave formations. Any suggestions?
Some suggestions to look at:
Blue Ram (Mikrogeophagus ramirezi)
Bolivian Ram (Mikrogeophagus altispinosus)
Honey Gourami (a single male)
2-4 species of tetra, (6-7 of each, number depends on size)
1 species of corydoras (3-4)
and perhaps a bristlenose pleco. :)
Cruise over our profiles- http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/profiles/
pay special attention to the Anabantids, Catfish, and Characins. Rasboras would also work.
thank you. i like colorful fish that wont grow too big for my 45gl tank and that can thrive in soft neutral water with several plants and rock formations. any suggestions?
thanks alot for your suggestions. will i have to add salt to the water for the tetras?
Definately don't use salt. Salt doesn't belong in a freshwater tank.
For some livebearers, minerals in the water can be beneficial, but even then, salt's not the right type of mineral. (Pea gravel and limestone in a filter basket would be better if the fish needed minerals, but soft-water fish don't.)
Also, to be on the safe side, don't worry about rocks at all. Use driftwood and plants for acid-water fish.
Welcome to Tropical Fish Keeping forum. Gald you found us.
Your questions have been expertly answered by other members, and I certainly agree with the answers.
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