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Hi,

I recently decided to take up a new hobby & buy a small aquarium

I'm loving it so far :)

My tank has a Ph of around 6.8-7.2 & has some added marine salt for the gobys

Freshwater fish in my tank:
They all seem to get along fine, they don't bother one another & swim happily

2 Swordtails
2 Mollies
5 Cardinal Tetras
2 Bumblebee Gobys
1 Bristlenose
1 Dwarf Gourami

Equipment:
EHEIM filter
Small no brand filter
Mini air pump which drives an air stone situated behind a decorative rock


Planned:
A stand for my tank w/ storage for food, maintenance thing etc.


**I have a few questions about my setup,


I have a EHEIM brand filter, it has a port at the top which spits out water, is this ok to be submerged?

I also have a small filter next to is which does that,
Would it be ok to remove this smaller filter & leave only the larger one? (green in the photos)

& also I have a live plant, shown coming out of the skull decoration, I've had this for about 2 weeks now, do I require a UV light for this plant, will if accept my fish? If so, how?


I've attached photos below to help describe my situation*

Any help or advice on my setup is appreciated. :)















 

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Hi,

I recently decided to take up a new hobby & buy a small aquarium

I'm loving it so far :)

My tank has a Ph of around 6.8-7.2 & has some added marine salt for the gobys

Freshwater fish in my tank:
They all seem to get along fine, they don't bother one another & swim happily

2 Swordtails
2 Mollies
5 Cardinal Tetras
2 Bumblebee Gobys
1 Bristlenose
1 Dwarf Gourami

Equipment:
EHEIM filter
Small no brand filter
Mini air pump which drives an air stone situated behind a decorative rock


Planned:
A stand for my tank w/ storage for food, maintenance thing etc.


**I have a few questions about my setup,


I have a EHEIM brand filter, it has a port at the top which spits out water, is this ok to be submerged?

I also have a small filter next to is which does that,
Would it be ok to remove this smaller filter & leave only the larger one? (green in the photos)

& also I have a live plant, shown coming out of the skull decoration, I've had this for about 2 weeks now, do I require a UV light for this plant, will if accept my fish? If so, how?


I've attached photos below to help describe my situation*

Any help or advice on my setup is appreciated. :)















Right now, what I worry about is how long the tank has been set up. The cycling process can and will kill your fish. Are you aware of cycling? Do you have test kits to test for ammonia, nitrites and nitrates? Other than that, it looks nice. Don't know about that type of filter. The plant will one day need to have it's roots in gravel. You need a good daylight bulb around 6,500K to grow plants.

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If the filter is a submersible then I wouldn't worry about the hole being under water. As for having both well if the Ehiem is rated for your size tank then I would just run it for now as long as your not overstocked fish wise.

Gwen is right about the plant needing a bulb that's around 6500kelvin. You can get one at a local hardware store or if you want a plant bulb you can go to the pet store and get a full spectrum bulb around the same Kelvin. I use both depending on my tanks. In my 29 it has one bulb and its a Zoo med ultra sun trichromatic super daylight simply because it has more intensity then a regular daylight bulb like GE majes but they are more money too.

Btw Welcome to Tropical Fish Keeping!
 

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Hi,

Thanks for the warm welcome & replies to my questions, :)

Gwen I looked into cycling,

My tank was running for a week or so empty before I put my fish in, & since I've done 10% every other day water changes

I do ammonia tests regular & just today it was near 0
The next increment in my colour scale was .2 something
It was definitely closer to the 0 colour than .2

Please shed more information on cycling now that I have fish in the tank if you can
I do want to take the best care I can for them & make them live comfortably.


Thank you Bordomb,


I do have traditional bulb light in the hood of my tank, however I use a LED strip to illuminate the tank as it allows me to dim the lighting throughout the day

The filter is submersible, it was the top snorkel (grey port) part I was concerned about, it pushes water back out to the tank, I wasn't sure if this sits above of below the water :S

Also on the topic of filters would a submersible foam cartridge type filter like I am using now or a hob filter be better for my tank?


**I bought my tank second hand so the gear isn't all new, however I did put a new cartridge in the filter.



Any opinions are welcomed :)
 

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Since your tank is so new and you already put fish in it, you might want to think about adding more live plants. They'll help keep the water in good shape since you don't have enough beneficial bacteria going on at this point.
 
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I will go purchase some low light aquarium plants tomorrow,


Also I've decided to use my other filter as it has a 3 stage (carbon, bio balls, ceramic noodles) system over my current foam/cartridge type internal one. My research indicated this is the better one to promote good bacteria growth

Should I use both maybe?
The internal one to help filter large waste


*I have a low level of ammonia in my tank right now which I am concerned about, can I use a product like Seachem Stability (a locally available 'bio starter') to boost the bacteria in my tank?


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OK got some plants, & did 30% water changes the past couple days
Set up my 3 stage filter along side my cartridge type filter & added new ceramic noodles & carbon,
Also bought & added some Seachem Stability to the tank to help good bacteria growth
Ammonia levels I had are near 0 now, I will monitor this & continue water changes for the next few days whilst adding the Seachem product.

Could I add a small Ghost knife fish with my current inhabitants & conditions?
 

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I like to use this: AqAdvisor - Intelligent Freshwater Tropical Fish Aquarium Stocking Calculator and Aquarium Tank/Filter Advisor

Put in your tank size, filters, and what fish you have/want, and it will tell you stocking level, filtration capacity, special requirements, and fish compatibility. It's not perfect, so you still have to do your research, but it is pretty useful. Looks like you're at 67% stocking level. I added the ghost knife and it said your tank is too small since they get 18" long. Remember, take the FINAL size of the fish into account when buying a fish, not the current size.
 

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Hi,

That site is so useful, even has my model of filter in the list
Looks like my pH & temperature were spot on
Thanks for the help, I will reference it when thinking of more fish. :)


*I did another anomia test today (result attached), the level seem to be dropping nicely with yesterdays water change & the Seachem product.

Hopefully it reaches 0 by mid next week.
Seems pretty close now, does it get a full clear yellow or is this pretty much it? :/

*Also scored a cheap Ikea desk on eBay for $15 which I ail try & hack into a lowline stand for my tank. :)
Should complete that project by the end of the weekend.

 

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Also, I installed a 6000K LED strip on my tank using a dimmer to control the lighting.

I didn't use any commercial glues or tape to mount it , fearing it may leak into the water, or even the condensation with the closed lid will contaminate the water.
It's currently just wedged between the LED's on the tank support

Any thoughts/ideads on how I could mount it more permanently (safely)?
I plan on installing a UV LED strip for my plants also


 

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I cant offer any ideas on the mounting of the light. Sorry not a creative person there but just wanted to comment on the color of the Ammonia test. To me it looks like its at zero.
 

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Thanks,

First time doing these tests etc so I wasn't sure if the charts are accurate etc.

Thanks for the info :)
So glad my ammonia levels have dropped to 0 in a few days.


Just need to hack together a low stand for this & mount the LED more nicely, although in its current state it doesn't move at all.. :/
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I just skimmed this post as to where you are at. Don't add any fish, and especially not ghost knife fish. You need to do more research. How big is this tank? It looks rather small, a 10 gallon?

The next step in cycling is nitrites, which is very deadly. Go slow. I'm still not sure your tank is cycled. Just because it sat empty for a week or more is not what is needed to get the process started. You're doing well by using the chemicals you are, but moving too fast will cause problems.

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I just skimmed this post as to where you are at. Don't add any fish, and especially not ghost knife fish. You need to do more research. How big is this tank? It looks rather small, a 10 gallon?
This. The aquarium tab says Blue Planet is a 55 gallon, but that can't be right since an Eheim 2010 measures 8.6x3x3.8 inches. Do you think you could get the measurements of the tank for us? It does look small like you said.

Man I hate being the one to say this, but do you think you can return fish? Even pushing the envelope a little for minimum tank size still leaves you in trouble with a lot of your fish if I'm guessing the tank size right. I could point out some of the problems I see, but I'm worried you might think I'm getting down on you. People make mistakes.
 

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GwenInNM, blackwaterguy,

I appriciate the kind reply, any advice is welcomed. I take it all without offence, as its' clear you are out to help me. :) Feel free to point out any mistake or changes I could make for my tank.

Regarding tank size, it was sold as a 55L (litres) tank but measures 58x38.5x32 (cm)
Which according to a online calculator gives me 70L, so I'l not sure what right?

I'm using metric measurements as I'm from Australia. Apologies as I know you guys measure water in gallons.

I've decide against the ghost knife, as I read he needs lots of space & is nocturnal.

Fish seem happy & water if at a stable Ph & temp. With ammonia remaining at 0.



** I was thinking of changing my gravel to a sand, is this possible? if so what sort of process would I be looking at to transfer my gravel over to sand.
 

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New Homemade Lowline Stand (IKEA)

Small update:

Last weekend I bought a IKEA desk on eBay for $15 and removed the aluminium leg on one side & cut the other to match. I was after a lowline stand for my tank & this desk works great as it has a drawer which I store all my products, tests, food etc into. :)

Also since its' a computer desk, it had a cut out for cables which I used to route my power wires.

 

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Wow, that computer desk/fish tank stand looks great :)
 

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Wow, that is a huge change! It looks awesome!!!!
 
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