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Old 06-30-2014, 05:07 PM   #21
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The actual surface area available for oxygenation and the BB on/in the substrate is a much more important factor than how many gallons a tank holds when it comes to how big of a bioload a tank can support.

IE: a 40 "show" style tank will support less life than a 40 "breeder" style.
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Plug your filters and heaters (but not lights) on the same power strip. Preferably the type that has an on/off toggle. That way when you are doing a WC, you only have to press one button to shut these two water level dependent devices off. Plus, you are not unplugging anything with (sometimes wet) hands.
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If you are new to the hobby and are eyeing that nice little ten gallon, do yourself a favor and get the twenty.....

Oh heck, just cut to the chase and get the 50 gallon, you know you want it.

Also for new hobbyist, contrary to popular myth, goldfish and guppies are two of the more demanding fish and are not as "easy" as is often made out to be.
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If you are new to the hobby and are eyeing that nice little ten gallon, do yourself a favor and get the twenty.....

Oh heck, just cut to the chase and get the 50 gallon, you know you want it.

Also for new hobbyist, contrary to popular myth, goldfish and guppies are two of the more demanding fish and are not as "easy" as is often made out to be.
As a side note bigger is better. It's easier to keep parameters in check. A common misconception with beginners is this 10 gallon will be fine to start with, when in fact anything under 20 gallons shouldn't be considered a good tank for beginners unless they are only keeping a betta or some shrimp in it.

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When getting advice from friends, family, or LFS employee. Ask what type of fish they keep. If the answer is none. Well you have no need to listen further.

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Keep your canister filter in a 5 gallon bucket in case of small leaks. Use a GFI receptacle for all your electrical equipment.


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Don't think you can get away with keeping tank busting fish in a small tank.


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Be sure you have the check valve going the correct way.
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