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Old 01-02-2012, 09:41 AM   #1
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Happy New Year! Everyone. I'm new to fish. I have a 38-gallon fresh water tank with live plants and 11 community fish. First round of fish were introduced about 10 days ago, the last 5 added 3days ago. Tank has been operational for 2weeks
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Old 01-02-2012, 09:51 AM   #2
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Happy new years to you to! Welcome to AA and the addiction known as aquariums
Just a quick question for you: did you cycle the tank? If not read: http://www.aquariumadvice.com/articl...now/Page2.html
It's a great read and is very informative!
Also do you have any pictures? We LOVE pictures on here! What type of fishies lurk in your tank?
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Old 01-02-2012, 09:53 AM   #3
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Yes, I did cycle the tank. Thanks
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Not sure when I should perform my first water change. Want to make sure I'm not upsetting he "good" bacteria.
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Not sure when I should perform my first water change. Want to make sure I'm not upsetting he "good" bacteria.
The good bacteria is in the filter and the filter media. Barely any at all is in the water. Therefore, start now with 30% every week!

Also, what fish do you have exactly? I want to make sure you made good choices
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Old 01-02-2012, 10:05 AM   #6
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Good to know. Woman at pet store told me to wait a month before first water change and 10% was sufficient. I have 2 neon tetras, 2 Mickey mouse platas, 2 black phantom tetras, 2 gold platas, 1 Dalmatian Molly, 2 variatus
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Old 01-02-2012, 10:07 AM   #7
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You cycled your tank in two weeks? Wow that's fast! Cycle as in nitrogen cycle not letting it sit for a day and letting the water run around. A water change should be done at least once a week. The more the better but keep an eye on your nitrate levels to decide your water changes. Also do you have a test kit at all or no? Also are they strips or liquid?
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I have a liquid test kit
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Good to know. Woman at pet store told me to wait a month before first water change and 10% was sufficient. I have 2 neon tetras, 2 Mickey mouse platas, 2 black phantom tetras, 2 gold platas, 1 Dalmatian Molly, 2 variatus
Ok, good stock, except those tetras need a school of at least 6 each. Youll have to bump those up for them to thrive and live properly.

Sorry, but im not familiar with a variatus? Picture?
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Does it matter which tetra I add-phantom or neon?
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