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Old 05-20-2015, 12:01 PM   #1
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My name is Daven and i started my first tank for my girlfriend almost two weeks ago today. Wish i would have looked into this sooner, as im taking a great interest in learning this all! Currently we have a 30 gallon, but i will be getting another 30-35 gallon given to me where i will take on a build of my own with something a bit more exotic than the community fish my girlfriend adores. Looking forward to talking with you guys and learning as much as i can!

P.S, i attached a picture of our 30 gallon which is currently cycling. I know now the extent of the begining cycle and its effects, but we had already been given the fish from a downsizing family member. So ive been doing daily 30% or so water changes and testing to make sure they stay happy and lively. Dont hate me lol
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Old 05-20-2015, 12:11 PM   #2
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My name is Daven and i started my first tank for my girlfriend almost two weeks ago today. Wish i would have looked into this sooner, as im taking a great interest in learning this all! Currently we have a 30 gallon, but i will be getting another 30-35 gallon given to me where i will take on a build of my own with something a bit more exotic than the community fish my girlfriend adores. Looking forward to talking with you guys and learning as much as i can!



P.S, i attached a picture of our 30 gallon which is currently cycling. I know now the extent of the begining cycle and its effects, but we had already been given the fish from a downsizing family member. So ive been doing daily 30% or so water changes and testing to make sure they stay happy and lively. Dont hate me lol

Hello! We are glad to have you here and that's awesome you have read up on cycling. Keep doing those water changes and you will be in good shape.

do you have any ideas for your own build?

You said something more exotic so maybe cichlids? Or do a planted tank keep us posted!


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Old 05-20-2015, 12:43 PM   #3
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Hello! We are glad to have you here and that's awesome you have read up on cycling. Keep doing those water changes and you will be in good shape.

do you have any ideas for your own build?

You said something more exotic so maybe cichlids? Or do a planted tank keep us posted!


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Ive been pretty much glued to the topic the last week and a half, looking up as much stuff as i can. Ive never had to care for plants before, but ill likely try and get some amazon swords and something to cover a bit of the bottom as well. Still have alot to look into as far as substrate and lighting. And since im new to all this still, ill probably have to stick to something a bit easier to care for than some of the chichlids. Id hate to make a newbie mistake and lose one. But i was looking at the boulivan rams since they seem to be a bit more docile and i could probably keep a couple of my favorite coloured guppies from the current tank as well. I like bright and colourful fish that look more exotic and different from your typical basic tank
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I see

Rams are wonderful cichlids to start with. They are very docile. The thing about them is to only keep 1 or a guaranteed pair(M/F). 2 of the same sex will fight over territory.

If you wanted to bump up your tank to say a 45g... It's around 30 inches tall. This opens up one of the best docile fish you can own: Angels. Here's my 2:
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Angels are cichlids as well. Like Rams, they are on the docile side of the cichlid scale.

Another great option is loaches! Many people don't notice these wonderful bottom feeders but once you get them you won't regret it! Kuhli loaches are GREAT starter ones. Funny, peaceful, and small. They like groups of 5+ and the moe you have the more active and happier they get


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Old 05-20-2015, 01:09 PM   #6
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Forgot about plants lol.

With a decent light, you can grow all of these:

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Java Fern(left corner), hornwort(top)
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Old 05-20-2015, 01:56 PM   #7
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I see

Rams are wonderful cichlids to start with. They are very docile. The thing about them is to only keep 1 or a guaranteed pair(M/F). 2 of the same sex will fight over territory.

If you wanted to bump up your tank to say a 45g... It's around 30 inches tall. This opens up one of the best docile fish you can own: Angels. Here's my 2:
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Angels are cichlids as well. Like Rams, they are on the docile side of the cichlid scale.

Another great option is loaches! Many people don't notice these wonderful bottom feeders but once you get them you won't regret it! Kuhli loaches are GREAT starter ones. Funny, peaceful, and small. They like groups of 5+ and the moe you have the more active and happier they get


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I had looked at angels, but they seemed like they would have issues with other fish and, like you said, id need a bigger tank since they apparently get alot bigger than i had thought lol Id love to get a large tank, and that is likely a future upgrade for my setup.

For species in my setup, i dont have any issues with aggresive fish if i could find a group that wont just kill eachother. Ive only seen the usual starter fish kept by family members, so the more aggresive and bigger species peak my interest. It is my smaller tank and the fact that i havent been doing this long that holds me from alot of the species i would get. The upside to the bolivian ram was that it was a bit larger, had some nice colouring and fancy designs, and i wouldnt be limited from some of the community ones that i dont have to be overly experienced to care for. Do you know how i could go about having more than one? Like, are the males and females usually good together or is it a trial and error deal?

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I like the way that tank is setup! Something like that would be what id want, i wouldnt want to go too much denser. Since i will likely only have a basic setup for plants at least for now, ive been thinking im stuck with java moss and a couple amazon swords in the corners. And ive seen alot of debate on whether swords will work since they can get large for the tank and some say it needs more than basic lighting. For the current tank, i only have a 24" 20w Aquaglo (T8) bulb that puts me under 1w per gallon. Not sure whats with the other tank but she currently has a basic unheated setup so it might not even have a hood yet. But its free so i wont have to feel too bad about spending money on it
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ALso, thanks for the replies and welcomes! Its nice to have someone to discuss with and sometimes i wonder how much pet stores just want to sell stuff lol
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Ok, gonna spam my own thread. Does this guppy look bloated to you guys? Seems like his belly has gotten larger than the rest and im over paranoid since the cycle could be messing with his immune system. Impossible to get a picture of the little rockets
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No advice on the guppy but wanted to comment on the plants. I have several low light planted tanks using just T-8 bulbs and my plants have flourished - java fern, wisteria/water sprite, anubius, anacharis, aponogeton (bulb plant) and prolific amazon swords. The swords are root feeders, so root tabs help a lot. The only thing I've not had good luck with is crypts, which are also low light plants. So don't rule out a variety of plants because of low lights.


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