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Go easy on me this is my first tank :)

Will add new photos as they come.


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Empty and awaiting fish.
 

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Two New Guppies

Four days ago I added live bacteria purchased from the pet store .

Today I added two guppies to help things along a bit, and they are SUPER CUTE!
 

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Black and yellow spotted snakeskin guppy male
 
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Orange Albino snakeskin guppy male

(He is a bit more camera shy than his yellow friend )
 

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Hey, Gema! Welcome to TFK, fish-keeping, and my favorite area of our forum!

Go easy on you? Your tank looks lovely! I say this is a very WELL DONE first tank!!! Your little Gups are pretty pretty! Please be sure to keep this log updated as your little tank grows. :)
 

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Sadly lost both guppies during cycle :cry: ammonia was at .2 everything else was good.

Since then I continued to "feed" the tank with flake, had the water tested today at lfs and the tank seems to have cycled itself in 2 weeks. Ammonia 0, nitrites 0, unsure of nitrate but she said it was good.

So I added 5 neon tetras (I know they arnt the hardiest of fish but lfs suggested they will be better than guppies for now and they are under guarantee)

Will post photos tomorrow as I have the light off for now to reduce stress .
 

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Sorry to hear about the guppies :(

Fish in cycling is really hard on the animals. . . I don't know that I would have listened to the shop's advice and chosen Tetra, or how they could possibly be considered 'better than guppies?' I'd probably have gone with Platy if I absolutely had to put fish in a possibly cycling tank. I've lost Neons to cycling issues before, and it made me very sad. . . 'still under warranty' is a good thing, it means you'll get your money back - but that won't return the fish's lives. . . I'd be inclined to return them until I was positive that the tank is ready.

I hope they do well for you! Neons are such pretty little things. . . I would proceed as if your tank is still cycling, and do consistent frequent water changes to play it safe. Two weeks isn't a very long time for cycling, and I. . . have doubts that the tank is quite there, yet. Without that nitrate reading, it's impossible to guess. Please be careful!

You should definitely look into picking up your own kit to test your tank water. Even after the initial cycle, it's good to have a clear idea of what's going on in there. Test strips are inaccurate, and fish shops seem to always tell people everything is 'fine,' even when it obviously isn't! The Master Freshwater Test Kit by API is the kit most of us on this forum use.

Not intending to deliver a lecture - some things just have to be said - hope you understand! Best of luck to you and your new babies - looking forward to the pictures, and best of luck!
 

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Sorry to hear about the guppies :(

Fish in cycling is really hard on the animals. . . I don't know that I would have listened to the shop's advice and chosen Tetra, or how they could possibly be considered 'better than guppies?' I'd probably have gone with Platy if I absolutely had to put fish in a possibly cycling tank. I've lost Neons to cycling issues before, and it made me very sad. . . 'still under warranty' is a good thing, it means you'll get your money back - but that won't return the fish's lives. . . I'd be inclined to return them until I was positive that the tank is ready.

I hope they do well for you! Neons are such pretty little things. . . I would proceed as if your tank is still cycling, and do consistent frequent water changes to play it safe. Two weeks isn't a very long time for cycling, and I. . . have doubts that the tank is quite there, yet. Without that nitrate reading, it's impossible to guess. Please be careful!

You should definitely look into picking up your own kit to test your tank water. Even after the initial cycle, it's good to have a clear idea of what's going on in there. Test strips are inaccurate, and fish shops seem to always tell people everything is 'fine,' even when it obviously isn't! The Master Freshwater Test Kit by API is the kit most of us on this forum use.

Not intending to deliver a lecture - some things just have to be said - hope you understand! Best of luck to you and your new babies - looking forward to the pictures, and best of luck!
I was so sad that I cried. I am a big baby when it comes to my pets.

I have been getting my water tested at lfs every 3-4 days but unfortunately the API master test kit is $90 in my area, which I really can't afford right now. Fingers crossed I can layby one tomorrow.

Also so far the neon tetras are doing good:-D No abnormal behavior, no color loss, they seem happy and were very enthusiastic at feed time!
 
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Nice looking tank, i am pretty new to this fish thing but i waited a month of cycling before adding any fish, and that was in a well planted tank. Have lost some guppies to bullying but not ammonia.
 

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WOOOOO!! day 3 with neons, so far so good! They are still going strong, looking healthy and are starting to relax are not schooling as close together as the first 2 days.

Oh and I was just wondering how often I should be doing water changes for the first few weeks. I know weekly water changes are required once tank is established but how often for now?
 
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I'd be doing daily WCs of about 50%, with fish-in cycle, to keep ammonia/nitrite levels down. Do you have any live plants? They will help keep the tank more comfortable for the fish by removing some ammonia :)
 

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Tomorrow will be a week since adding neons, so far all are happy and healthy! fingers crossed tomorrow we will be adding 3 more to their little group.

Also tank is not planted. I only have a Reflector FluroGlow light are there any easy to care for plants I could have under this type of light? Something that I wouldn't need to re-lay the sand.
 

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You could get some floating plants, then no need to do anything with your sand, also if you have guppies again they like floating plants.

My tank is planted and i do 20% water change once a week, and 50% water change every couple of months, i don't seem to have any water issues and have not lost any fish for a few months.
 

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You could get some floating plants, then no need to do anything with your sand, also if you have guppies again they like floating plants.
Any particular type?

What's java moss or java fern like? I have an ugly bit of wood that someone gave me from their old tank, but it was ugly so I just chucked it in a box in the spare room. But it may look nice covered in a plant of some kind.

I would need something that didn't need alot of maintenance and could survive under an 8 watt Fluro bulb.
 

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You'll need to switch out your bulb for a full spectrum one to support plant growth. It may be already. . .

Java moss and Java fern both do great under lower lighting, and are really easy plants for a beginner. They both grow attached to things, like rocks, driftwood, and decorations - ugly wood tends to get a new life with a bit of fluffy moss growing on it - it's worth a try, for sure!

Floating plants. . . well, you can't kill duckweed, but it will take over, lol. WaterSprite, Frogbit, Riccia. . . there are really a lot of options to look into in the floating plant category. :)
 

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You'll need to switch out your bulb for a full spectrum one to support plant growth. It may be already. . .
The bulb says it's an aquaRed, so I'm guessing it's not full spectrum.

My husband is quite into gardening and used it for tomatoes in his indoor vege garden last winter, he says it's fine for plant growth. But I will be purchasing a full spectrum light in the near future as winter is coming and hubby will want it back to get the vege garden up and running again.
 
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Any ideas for what to do with this piece of wood? It has been boiling/soaking all day.

Best Position?
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Upright?

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Lying down?
 
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