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Old 01-12-2013, 08:35 PM   #1
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Question Fresh or saltwater for Newby?

I just purchased a 10 gallon tank. This size meets my needs regarding space and costs but it appears that I'm very limited as far as fish are concerned. I may need to reconsider and purchase a 20 gallon but before I do can you please recommend hardy, inexpensive, but pretty fish for a 10 gallon? Will I have more options with fresh or saltwater? Thanks.
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Old 01-12-2013, 08:40 PM   #2
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There are a veriaty of fish that would work for a ten gallon. I would recommend doing research and see what you like. going to a website that sells fish will have description and tank size for them. Maybe even a shrimp tank?
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Old 01-12-2013, 08:58 PM   #3
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is this your very first tank

if so I would recommend starting fresh since fish are way cheaper
than once you get some experience under your belt look into maybe a salt tank
just don't forget either way you go you need to cycle your tank first
go slow nothing good comes from rushing
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Red face First tank

Yes, this is my first tank. I have a fish bowl with a beta but that's it. I have always been attracted to fish and they do help alleviate stress. My husband had an aquarium when I first met him and he said that it's a lot of work but I think that filters are made better now and I am committed to doing research before I purchase the fish. I just ordered a 15 gallon aquarium and will return the 10 gallon. The 15 is taller and will still fit nicely in my family room. I will take your advice and start with fresh water fish. I'm doing research on filters now. Thanks for your help.
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don't be afraid to ask questions theres a lot of us here to help
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Old 01-12-2013, 09:44 PM   #6
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Welcome to AA! I agree with starting with a freshwater tank then moving to saltwater. Good luck! the people here are great!
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Old 01-13-2013, 03:45 AM   #8
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Ok, you don't NEED to fishless cycle first, you can do a fish in cycle, at least with fresh, but with salt, you better have deep pockets to do a fish in. The pros&cons
Fishless pros - the reverse is Fishin cons:
-Easier, no frequent PWCs
-No chance of losing fish
Easier overall, no constant testing, set and forget for a couple weeks.

Fishless Cons the reverse is fish in pros:
-your have to stare at and empty tank for up to 2 months
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Welcome to AA! Good on you for researching first.

Here is the beginners guide if you haven't seen it already.
http://www.aquariumadvice.com/articl...ium/Page1.html
It explains fish in and fishless cycling methods as well as equipment and maintenance.
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I started a year ago with a ten gallon fresh with tetras since they've I've done alot of research about ph nitrates fish etc I'm still new and you'll learn alot since then I got a great deal on a 55 gallon fish tank with angels and now a year since my first tank I started a ten gallon sw nano reef you'll learn alot but start easy then upgrade as you learn. That be my best advice
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