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yazzie 01-22-2012 05:14 PM

starting out
Hi everyone I have been thinking about tropical fish keeping for a while now, last week the push came and I got a bargain I bought a 105 litre tank with cabinet heater filter (which I scraped) air pump and numerous other bits and pieces all for 40 (uk). I am so thrilled with it so now I need the help to put it all together
. I am going to get a new filter as the fluval 205 came with a good old leek, but i am not to bothered about this as I saved such a lot on other things. I am thinking of getting another external filter eventually but wondering would there be a suitable internal filter for now to get me started.

I have had lots of different advice on what to put in to it but it all seems to contradict itself. I would love to keep some dwarf gourami eventually = 2 females to one male then perhaps some lemon tetra small school and on the bottom a school of Corydoras

so Please any help would be appreciated thank you

Byron 01-22-2012 08:28 PM

Welcome to Tropical Fish Keeping forum, and welcome to this great hobby too.:-D

I'm going to direct you to the fish profiles, second tab from the left in the blue bar across the top of the page. You may like to browse through and find some suitable fish. Some must be kept in groups and that is indicated, along with minimum tank sizes, and water parameters. You tap water parameters may steer you one way or another, depending what the hardness and pH may be.

There is a "sticky" on cycling at the head of this section of the forum that may be helpful. I prefer using live plants, they are a great benefit in a fish tank, and they can eliminate cycling issues. There are some sticky articles on natural planted tanks at the head of the Aquarium Plants section.


yazzie 01-24-2012 10:38 AM

thank you for this information I am wondering my friends has got a well established tank and she said that I could have a piece of foam media out of her tank would this help with the cycling

willow 01-24-2012 11:32 AM

yes it would,what a nice friend. :-D

Byron 01-24-2012 11:41 AM

Agree. Here's our sticky on cycling from another of our members:

Romad 01-24-2012 12:12 PM

Hi yazzie and welcome to the forum :wave:

Good luck with your setup (exciting stuff) and keep us posted.

yazzie 01-25-2012 12:34 PM

Thank you everyone I am going to get a new filter tomorrow so please any recommendations my tank has 105 litres in it.

Byron 01-25-2012 12:59 PM


Originally Posted by yazzie (Post 962835)
Thank you everyone I am going to get a new filter tomorrow so please any recommendations my tank has 105 litres in it.

What type (species) of fish are you planning? The fish should govern the type of filter, as some fish need more water movement and some do best with minimal flow, and this is largely determined by the filter. Also if live plants are intended.

yazzie 01-26-2012 02:30 AM

I was hoping to keep 2 dwarf gourami and a few tetra and corys but still playing wjth the idea. I am still welcome to new ideas, I am hoping to get a filter this weekend as I am off work for a day or two so I can start cycling. sorry for the delays in my posts as I work night shift.

PENN 01-26-2012 09:12 AM

hi and welcome.your fish idea sounds like mine.and you can use the lemon tetras to cycle the tank too,thats what im doing.just waiting on the nitrite levels to drop in the nitrogen cycle.have fun and good luck
ask lots of questions and read read read

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