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ytownxj 04-23-2012 11:07 PM

New to site and new to aquariums!
Hey all,
I'm new to the forum and aquariums and have been reading and planning a 29 or 40 gallon freshwater tank to be set up in a couple weeks once i get everything straight. I'm not completely new to aquatic life as my house has a pond and waterfalls with koi and some kind of guppy that was introduced by mosquito control (terrible choice, my koi can't breed now since the guppies eat the eggs) and multiple plants as well like hyacinths and multiple types of water lily. In my researching so far I've found that there's a great amount of things to consider that haven't been a problem with the pond (never tested the water or ever had to in its ten plus years) and am very ready to try out this new aspect of the hobby! I'll have lots of questions soon and am sure I can learn everything I need from the knowledgeable members on here so thanks for all the help in advance! :)

Da11as 04-24-2012 03:18 AM

the bigger the tank the easier to keep clean, you really should get an API Master Test Kit and let the tank cycle 1st (see other posts) and when cycled leave it for 2 weeks after to add fish slowly, then leave it for another 2 weeks for the tank to settle down again, also try to get a darker substrate as fish will be more comfortable, a couple of floating plants will not go astray, would be interested to see a journal so as we may be able to assist you in each step of the way, the important thing at this stage, is to write down what you want in the tank then research and possibly join a few forums, and speak to LFS (local fish shop's) also a good site to go to is to assist re: stocking the tank, but make a list of what you want in the tank then go to the website, to see what is compatible with what. Most important advice I amm able to give is research and patience is the key to keeping an aquarium, and welcome to the forum

ytownxj 04-24-2012 08:46 AM

The site is great! Thanks for the tips, I'm sure that site will be very useful and the dark substrate was a fact i hadn't come up to yet. Something I'm trying to figure out is how do people do water changes typically? It seems like changing out 10 gallons of water at one time would be a bit of work dragging gallons of water to the tank.... is decholorinating the water each and every time also something that happens with water changes? This seems to be an important topic I don't know anything about. Thanks!

Da11as 04-25-2012 03:13 AM

I have a 50 G tank and what I do is either, run a hose out of the house and siphon the water that way or I use a bucket and do a gravel clean and get rid of some of the water that way, yes it is IMPERATIVE that you dechlorinate the water that you put in the tank, before you do so, you may opt for a bucket or something and let it sit for a few days, and let it dechlorinate naturally or add dechlorinator

BarbH 04-25-2012 11:22 PM

Hello and welcome to TFK

willow 04-29-2012 01:45 PM

hello and welcome. :-D

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