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Old 07-05-2011, 12:03 AM   #11
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I know fair fish don't last very long actually just found out my dad replaced the goldfish and cleaned the tank while I was at work and my son was at his dads I didn't even notice he got the same size ones and everything.
The only thing I have to get now for the 25 gal. Would be the tester and the ammonia I have the decholorinater (can't spell) maybe I shouldn't always listen to petsmart they told me to fill it hook up the filter and everything let it go for at least four days then I can put fish in, never told me about cycling ugh.. I'm so excited to get fish

Sorry. THought you were looking to add to the goldfish tank.

Sorry [again] but the guy at Petsmart doesn't know what he's talking about. Running a tank for 4 days will do ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. You need to get a cycle going-for that you need ammonia. A fishless cycle is WAYYYY faster than doing it with fish in the tank.

I know it's hard to wait, but any fish you buy before cycling either won't live or will just be miserable to look at. They have a hard time breathing, they lay at the bottom or gulp air at the top.


Here's a great link about fishless cycling in this forum


http://www.aquariumadvice.com/forums/f15/fishless-cycling-for-dummies-103339.html
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As far as what to put in it I'd go to the LFS and see what you like. Come home and do some research about what their temperament is, suitable tank mates and what water parameters they need [some fish like guppies and mollys like brackish water, some fish prefer high or low ph, etc]

You can Google any fish and just add the word "care" after it and you'll get specs with everything you need to know.

You can post here, too. Pick a fish and post a thread asking what gets along with it, what kind of food it eats...all kinds of good stuff. I'll tell ya-you can find someone here with experience keeping just about any kind of fish you can think of.

I know it seems like we all came down on you, but only because we have probably all made the mistake of getting a tank and throwing fish in right away. There's an easy way and a hard way. Add fish too soon and you'll spend the first two months worrying about the fish, checking water parameters and doing daily water changes and that kinda takes all the fun out of it.
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Old 07-05-2011, 08:00 AM   #13
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As far as what to put in it I'd go to the LFS and see what you like. Come home and do some research about what their temperament is, suitable tank mates and what water parameters they need [some fish like guppies and mollys like brackish water, some fish prefer high or low ph, etc]

You can Google any fish and just add the word "care" after it and you'll get specs with everything you need to know.

You can post here, too. Pick a fish and post a thread asking what gets along with it, what kind of food it eats...all kinds of good stuff. I'll tell ya-you can find someone here with experience keeping just about any kind of fish you can think of.

I know it seems like we all came down on you, but only because we have probably all made the mistake of getting a tank and throwing fish in right away. There's an easy way and a hard way. Add fish too soon and you'll spend the first two months worrying about the fish, checking water parameters and doing daily water changes and that kinda takes all the fun out of it.
Thank you I'm going to start cycling hopefully today. I have to go and buy the ammonia and stuff to do it I wish I knew that yesterday when I was at the store but that's okay..

I know I really want an algae eater I think they're neat I love neat looking fish.. And schools of fish are pretty to watch.
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Welcome to AA! Good luck with the tank.
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