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Old 07-18-2012, 02:01 AM   #1
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WHat is a list of materials for a beginner, and what tank size? My friend wanted to know.
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Old 07-18-2012, 02:58 AM   #2
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Well, a bigger tank may seem harder to take care of, but they are actually easier than small tanks. Try to make your friend get a 20gallon or bigger. Your friend will also need a good filter, i try to go for a filter rated for twice my tank size, so for a 20 gallon tank i would get a filter rated for 40 gallons. A water changer is also a must have. I would also suggest sand because IMO it looks better and is easier to clean, if you have a gravel vac just hover about 1cm above the sand to get all the crud off. Your friend will also need a declorinator for when he does water changes. Finally, tell your friend to have fun, do lots of research, and tell him about this site.
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Old 07-19-2012, 01:47 AM   #3
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Ok thank you. He is on vacation today so I will make sure to tell him when he gets back.
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No Problem, If you have any other questions, just ask. The people on this forum would be happy to help.
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Ok I will this forum is so helpful!
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Old 07-19-2012, 02:01 AM   #6
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Don't forget about your test kits. Always a must.
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Old 07-19-2012, 02:34 AM   #7
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Oh yeah, almost forgot. Strips or chemicals? Do not know what one is better
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Old 07-19-2012, 02:53 AM   #8
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Chemicals. Here is one that many people recommend
API Freshwater Master Test Kit at PETCO
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He also has kids, so are the chemicals safe on skin? Just in case they get ahold of it some how?
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Old 07-19-2012, 03:07 AM   #10
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I am not sure on that, but im guessing if you get some on you, you should just wash it off and you'll be fine
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