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kressb01 02-05-2011 09:10 PM

Getting Back Into the Game
 
Ok, so I've been out of the fish seen for about 15 years. I would like to say that I always new what I was doing. Kept up on water changes, and never had many fish die. So to start off, my daughter has a little 1 or 2 gallon tank with a hood and light, and an undergravel filter. She wants a betta, but after reading the General Betta Care post on here I don't think that is a good idea. But you see these fish in every single office you walk into and they are just in a fish bowl. So a tank with a hood and filter has got to be better than that, right?

Anyway, if I don't go that route, what would you suggest for a 1-2 gallon tank with a filter and hood with a light, but no heater.

Now for me, I plan on getting back into the game of raising fish, when I was in high school, a very long time ago, I had 3 aquariums in my little 10X10 bedroom. Haven't had any since then. I remember way back then that they sold some type of conditioner that would make the water safe for the fish immediately, or at least that is what they told me at the fish stores. Anyway I would always buy it when setting up a new tank and I never had any problems with fish dying when I used it. Sometimes I would use the zebras to cycle the tank.

Anyway do they still sell that stuff and does it work. Just asking because within the next 4 or 5 months, once we refinish our basement I will be setting up a couple of tanks.

Thanks for any help given

Man I miss having fish

leogtr 02-05-2011 10:00 PM

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Originally Posted by kressb01 (Post 581389)
Ok, so I've been out of the fish seen for about 15 years. I would like to say that I always new what I was doing. Kept up on water changes, and never had many fish die. So to start off, my daughter has a little 1 or 2 gallon tank with a hood and light, and an undergravel filter. She wants a betta, but after reading the General Betta Care post on here I don't think that is a good idea. But you see these fish in every single office you walk into and they are just in a fish bowl. So a tank with a hood and filter has got to be better than that, right?

Anyway, if I don't go that route, what would you suggest for a 1-2 gallon tank with a filter and hood with a light, but no heater.

Now for me, I plan on getting back into the game of raising fish, when I was in high school, a very long time ago, I had 3 aquariums in my little 10X10 bedroom. Haven't had any since then. I remember way back then that they sold some type of conditioner that would make the water safe for the fish immediately, or at least that is what they told me at the fish stores. Anyway I would always buy it when setting up a new tank and I never had any problems with fish dying when I used it. Sometimes I would use the zebras to cycle the tank.

Anyway do they still sell that stuff and does it work. Just asking because within the next 4 or 5 months, once we refinish our basement I will be setting up a couple of tanks.

Thanks for any help given

Man I miss having fish


hi and welcome to the forums!!!!!

cool thats great that your back!

well about the 1 or 2 gallon tank..its a bit small for more than 1 fish..I would try shrimp, does your daugther like those? I dont really know maybe you can add a little frog in but I dont really want to tell you to add any animals in a 2 gallon aquarium because its just too small to keep anything living in there happy...people say if you do want to have something small like that then you should add several plant in there..

yeah all that stuff is in the stores. They even have bacteria in a bottle to jump start your aquariums! I would recommend tetra safestart that is the one alot of people use. If your going to begin to cycle an aquarium just do it without any fish at first, its more humane you know? use shrimp its the easiest way to do the nitrogen cycle. get your self a api freshwater test kit to measure the parameters and have your tank set up and put a little frozen shrimp in there for an ammonia source( put them inside and mesh bag or a pantyhose of some sort so you wont have too much debri around your tank). do 1 inch of shrimp per 20 gallons. keep checking the ammonia and nitrites and when both of those reach 0 and you have nothing but nitrates left do a 50% water change and make sure the nitrates are not up higher that 40 ppm. after that do research on the type of fish you want to get and check your ph and hardness and stuff! then your all set! it takes about 3 to 6 week to cycle an aquarium properly so be patient!

its great that your joined our community again welcome and I hope my answer help you a bit!

take care!!!


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