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Old 01-20-2015, 09:48 PM   #11
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Good Thread! I'm pretty new at aquarium keeping. So far, so good.

What would I do differently?

1). Read more about what is required before starting. This forum is an excellent resource!

2). Set up a small (5 gallon) quarantine tank when your setting up your big aquarium. You'll save yourself a lot of worry and headaches about bringing in disease to your big tank.

3) Patience, patience, (and more patience) Don't rush things. Don't try to find quick fixes for things as cycling your tank and stocking your tank right away.

4). RESEARCH YOUR TANK MATES! Don't just throw whatever fish look pretty at the pet store into your tank without doing your homework.

I'm sure there are a lot of other things I will discover as I go along, but for now, this is what I have learned.


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Old 01-20-2015, 10:15 PM   #12
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I would have spent a little more money on dimmavle led lighting rather than my t5ho for my planted tank.

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Old 01-20-2015, 11:55 PM   #13
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I can honestly say I've never bought a fish on impulse and have always done thorough research. The one thing I wasn't doing and have changed now is putting fish in quarantine before going to the main tank.

One thing I would do differently is make sure I know about fish diseases and be stocked up on medications or ways to combat them before getting the fish. Especially since I am pretty much stuck with ordering fish online. And also as was said earlier, give it a little more time after completing cycling to scape it and let the plants have some time to grow out.

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Old 01-21-2015, 01:07 AM   #14
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Not used anything I didn't understand well. Listened to that little nagging doubt that it would be all good.

A yet larger tank (this was after going one size larger anyways!).
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Old 01-21-2015, 03:06 AM   #15
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Patience! I was in such a rush that I lost all my fish next tank (promised by oh that I can get my dream tank when we move house) I'm going to set it up with plants all landscaped properly then do a fishless cycle then add my fish/adf

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Old 01-21-2015, 04:07 AM   #16
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I would have bought the 75 instead of the 55 i now have
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Old 01-21-2015, 10:13 AM   #17
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1. Start with Central American Cichlids right away. Smack myself for saying "but the african cichlids have such bright colors".

2. Don't cram every fish I can into a 75. Understocking is the way to go.
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Old 01-21-2015, 10:42 AM   #18
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I would have bought a bigger tank, and had more patience in stocking. And would have certainly done more research instead of saying, "oh look at that pretty fish...bag 'em!"
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I would have bought a 50g long rather than the high........
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Old 01-21-2015, 06:50 PM   #20
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-I would/will be getting a 5g tank, I am having to start over because of a Mystery Snail that snuck some friends home from the LFS ...Ended up with HUNDREDS of snails.
-Larger Tank (long)
-Researched more into the difference between cold/warm water fish.

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