Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Freshwater > Freshwater & Brackish - Getting Started
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 03-27-2013, 04:11 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Newbie
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Posts: 2
Starting an aquarium! HELP?

Hello, I have been thinking of starting my first aquarium. I'm thinking somewhere around 10 gallons with maybe 1 or 2 fish, shrimp, and maybe some other creature.

So what is the general practice for setting up and what are all the materials needed?



I know I could probably look this up myself, but it will be better I think to ask people with aquariums.

Thanks
__________________

__________________
Vanilla Coke Is Good is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-27-2013, 09:03 PM   #2
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Uncle Dirty's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Minnesota
Posts: 297
You should start by "looking it up" for starters. Also do searches on this site for beginning a tank.
__________________

__________________
"Gold is where you find it"
Uncle Dirty is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-27-2013, 09:09 PM   #3
SKB
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
SKB's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Jamestown, NY
Posts: 746
Tank, 20 gallon or more filter, filter media, water conditioner, API master test kit and decor. You need to set the tank up with filter and decor with water and let it run until it is cycled. Ammonia should be 0, Nitrite should be 0, nitrate should be 20 or less before u put fish in. U can look up how to do a fish less cycle.
__________________

Freshwater Newbie? Click this: http://www.aquariumadvice.com/forums...um-154837.html
SKB is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-27-2013, 09:10 PM   #4
SKB
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
SKB's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Jamestown, NY
Posts: 746
Sorry and a heater depending on what fish/invertibrae you want in the tank.
__________________

Freshwater Newbie? Click this: http://www.aquariumadvice.com/forums...um-154837.html
SKB is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-28-2013, 10:38 AM   #5
Aquarium Advice Newbie
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Posts: 2
Thanks

Actually looking at tanks and I think I should probably get a 20-30 gallon.

EDIT:

Looked around a bit. Think I'm gonna pick up a starter tank for $70. Should be able to get everything for around $275.
__________________
Vanilla Coke Is Good is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-28-2013, 03:27 PM   #6
SKB
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
SKB's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Jamestown, NY
Posts: 746
Let us know once you have it set up and are cycling! We can help you determine when you can add fish and so on!
__________________
SKB is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-28-2013, 07:31 PM   #7
member
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Posts: 629
The general rule of 1" of fish per gal doesn't work


You should be able to tell at a later date how many fish to keep in the tank
__________________
T1KARMANN is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-29-2013, 04:56 PM   #8
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Posts: 380
The most common mistake people usually make (including myself) in the beginning is that they think its easier to take care of a smaller tank then it is a bigger tank. It's actually the other way around, the more water you got, the more forgiving it is when something goes wrong.
A good "starter" tank is a 29 gallon.
Then you want to choose your filter/ media. HOB (hang on back), canister, undergravel are most popular, or if you really want to customize it you can buy/build a sump. Again, in the beginning people tend to get intimidated by sumps but they can be real easy to set up. And it adds more water volume to your tank, big plus. Then you have to add media to your filter so the beneficial bacteria have something to live on. Most popular are bio balls and ceramic rings. Bust most filters already come with media. Depending on what you want to stock you may or may not need a heater. Do your research before buying one, last thing you want is to turn your tank into a hot tub. And if you would like to add live plants to your tank you want a good lighting and substrate. Substrate could be just sand, that's what you most commonly see, but root tabs are highly recommended along with fert dosing.
Again, might sound like a lot, but you can make it as simple or as complicated as you'd like.
For salt water tanks its more or less the same thing, you just gotta do your research, and there's plenty of info here and all over the net. If you're a visual kinda guy/gal, YouTube has pretty much every question you might have covered.
__________________
gravereaper0 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-29-2013, 06:44 PM   #9
Look It Up
 
librarygirl's Avatar


 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Rhode Island
Posts: 7,052
This guide might help answer some of your initial questions: Guide to Starting a Freshwater Aquarium - Aquarium Advice
__________________

__________________
Every living thing is significant.
🐠 Guide to Starting a Freshwater Aquarium
Community Rules | Custom Site Search
librarygirl is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
starting

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off








» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 07:33 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.