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Old 03-07-2010, 10:43 PM   #1
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Just wanted to introduce myself and my fishless tank :p I have been reading a lot on this forum and have learned a ton (and been confused quite a bit too )

I had fish when I was a kid (many eons ago!)... back when I just dumped the fish and the new water all in the tank together - it's amazing that they all lived!!

The TV in my bedroom died and I decided that a fish tank would be more entertaining and relaxing than another TV, so I purchased a 20L and have it set up with gravel, filter, heater, fabric plants, and some hiding places for the future residents.

A couple of questions - the filter (HOB - Top Fin brand) that I bought seems to be quite loud - not sure if it's the vibration or if there is something wrong - it seems to be working fine. The filter we have on our tank at work is not nearly as loud.

Also - for the future residents, I was thinking of dwarf gouramis, some ghost shrimp (will the gouramis leave them alone?), snails, ghost cats and maybe a frog? Who would get along or need to be left out of this group?

I need to get a test kit - I have a PetSmart and a Petco nearby - do they carry a good liquid kit? Brand name?
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Old 03-07-2010, 10:49 PM   #2
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20 liters is only about 5G's, and I would only recommend a betta for that size of tank.
If you want to get a test kit, get the API Master Freshawater liquid test kit, but you can order it online in the Dr's Foster/Smith aquatics section.
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Old 03-07-2010, 10:51 PM   #3
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Oooooops! Sorry - that was suppsed to read 20 gallon long!
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Old 03-07-2010, 10:52 PM   #4
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OH ok! WHEW! Well then, that opens MANY more doors!!!
I am not too good on the stocking and compatibility area, since I have only had a few fish, so I hope someone else picks this up!
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Welcome to AA For the test kit, you'd be better off ordering one than going to petsmart or petco... i think petsmart sells the api master kit for like $32 but you can order it online usually for less than $20. I've never had glass/ghost cats, but i've heard theyre fragile and really susceptible to disease.
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I checked the price on Foster and Smith - it's $23.99, but they charge you $8.99 shipping. So ends up almost the same price as PetSmart ($32.99 online price).

Any thoughts on the filter? It was just so loud I had to unplug it for the night - I am returning it over my lunch hour - any brand recommendations for good and quiet?
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i've seen people say they got theirs at walmart for around $17 or $18 online and used the free site to store shipping... maybe somebody can tell you which one that is. as for the filter, i've got aquaclears and theyre awesome. next to a canister, theyre the absolute best hang on filter you can get (and theyre quiet)...i'd recommend an ac50 for your tank
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Thanks all! I ended up getting an Aqueon Quiet Flow and it is super quiet (especially compared to the last filter).
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