Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Community Forum > Member Introductions

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
Old 09-18-2008, 01:15 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
jfoust's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Atlanta, GA
Posts: 44
Hello from Atlanta... few questions!

Hello everyone! I'm a first time aquarium owner, thanks to my four year old. He wanted one for his b-day so we got him a Top Fin Aqua Scene 2 gallon tank for starters. If he helps take care of it and continues to show interest down the road, we'll end up with something bigger.

We've got 5 fish in the aquarium... A Fancy Guppy, a Neon, two Zebra Danios and two Rasboras. Everyone has been getting along since the beginning of August. We've been doing 20% water changes once a week and at that time we also clean the one decoration and two small fake plants.

The tank uses a UG filter and that's it. It appeared to be working well, but in the last week I started getting some pretty heavy algae buildup, so I decied it was time for a throrugh cleaning. I borrowed a gravel vac from a co-worker but it was too big for our little tank, and I didn't get that much gravel clean before I had sucked out 1/2 of the water! So I transferred the fish and some water to the bucket we use for cleaning, then took the aquarium to the sink, dumped it all and cleaned the gravel by hand.

Everything is nice and clean now, but I'm wondering if I should buy a small vac, or if it's kind of pointless with a tank this small... Should I just do the dump and clean from now on? Also, how often should we be cleaning the gravel on a tank this small with a UG filter? Would it be best to get a vac and basically use it to suck out my 20% of water for my weekly changes? Any other tips and hints???

Thanks in advance! We're having a blast with the fish!

jfoust is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-18-2008, 01:24 PM   #2
AA Team Emeritus
roka64's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 13,860
Send a message via AIM to roka64 Send a message via Yahoo to roka64
Welcome to the site!
You may want to post your questions in the FW Getting Started section. You will get a lot more help there.

Age is relative, you are only as old as you act....of course, this works in reverse....

Questions loved, heeded advice greatly appreciated!

Vote for AA
Good reading about:
Nitrogen Cycle
Fishless Cycling
Need more help?
Acronym List

roka64 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-18-2008, 01:27 PM   #3
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
jfoust's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Atlanta, GA
Posts: 44
Thanks! I'll post it over there too... Figured I would post an intro first and then I kind of got rambling and it all came out here! I'll stick the question over there too.

10 Gallon Acrylic AquaTank X Tank - Gravel substrate, fake plants, AquaClear 30 filter
20 Gallon tank - Gravel substrate, fake plants, Fluval 4 filter. 1 Dwarf Gourami, 2 Ram Cichlids, 2 Peppered Corys
29 Gallon tank - TBA
jfoust is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-18-2008, 02:25 PM   #4
Sliced Bread
neilanh's Avatar

Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Northern Virginia
Posts: 8,482
Welcome to AA!

Post over there and I'll respond...
In the DC Metro Area? Check out GWAPA and WAMAS
neilanh is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-18-2008, 03:34 PM   #5
Aquarium Advice Activist
zacusmaximus's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Atlanta, GA
Posts: 211
Welcome to AA!
zacusmaximus is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-18-2008, 04:30 PM   #6
Community Admin
melosu58's Avatar

Tank of the Month Award
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Virginia
Posts: 37,888
Welcome to the site
melosu58 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-18-2008, 07:22 PM   #7
Aquarium Advice Addict
rich311k's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Long Island, NY
Posts: 12,189
Send a message via Yahoo to rich311k
Welcome to AA!
rich311k is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-18-2008, 07:57 PM   #8
Aquarium Advice Addict
Zagz's Avatar

POTM Champion
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Saskatchewan, Canada
Posts: 17,108
Send a message via MSN to Zagz
Welcome to AA! You will find much support here and some great advice too.
AA Community Rules | AA TOS

Site Administrator
Zagz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-19-2008, 05:56 PM   #9
Moderator Emeritus
Menagerie's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Vancouver, WA
Posts: 13,232

Menagerie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-19-2008, 06:24 PM   #10
Aquarium Advice Addict
FishEggs's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Upper Marlboro, Maryland
Posts: 2,211
congratulations on joining the most amazing aquarium advice forum!!
oh and getting a new hobby

If you put off what you can do today until tomorrow it will never get done cause tomorrow never comes. It's always today.
FishEggs is offline   Reply With Quote

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
New from Atlanta zacwin Member Introductions 7 04-15-2009 06:53 PM
hello from Atlanta joeyswife Member Introductions 7 12-21-2008 06:31 PM
Greetings from Atlanta, GA joeyfromlawrenceville Member Introductions 7 09-25-2008 02:40 PM
looking for tropheus in atlanta GA 1oscar Archive 0 03-26-2008 08:46 AM
Hi from Atlanta! gamma Member Introductions 6 08-30-2004 01:48 AM

» Photo Contest Winners

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2012 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 04:29 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.