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Old 11-04-2012, 07:39 AM   #1
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Hello! Newbie looking for advice

Hello,

I'm completely new to fish tanks! Started off my new hobby with buying a 50l (13g) tank, after doing some reading put down 2 layers of gravel (bottom one with plant substrate) and stocked it with plants and a decoration. The tank has a heater (back left behind plant) and an internal filter (back right).

While I'm waiting for the tank to stabilise, I thought it would be good to get some ideas on fish combos.

I like the thought of a 'center piece' fish (e.g. honey/dwarf gourami or other) in combination with a school (neons? rasboras? platies? pygmy coradoras? danios? ...) and possible a few shrimp.

What would you recommend?

Thanks!
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Old 11-04-2012, 07:40 AM   #2
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Old 11-04-2012, 07:43 AM   #3
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Take a look at this: http://www.aquariumadvice.com/guide-...ater-aquarium/
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Hi fishyperson3010. I think so (?), what I meant by waiting for the tank to stabilise is that I'm doing a fishless cycle. I filled the tank with 50/50 rain/tap water and after putting in the plants I added water conditioner. In a week or so I'll measure the water for the first time.
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Old 11-04-2012, 07:47 AM   #5
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Hi fishyperson3010. I think so (?), what I meant by waiting for the tank to stabilise is that I'm doing a fishless cycle. I filled the tank with 50/50 rain/tap water and after putting in the plants I added water conditioner. In a week or so I'll measure the water for the first time.
Don't forget an ammonia source to get it going. The link above might help. Good luck
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In a week or so I'll measure the water for the first time.
do you have a test kit?
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Thanks for your fast response! I did not add ammonia -- thanks for the link, I will read it on this rainy day.

I have test strips with pH, kH, gH, NO3 and NO2 levels on each strip.
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Thanks for your fast response! I did not add ammonia -- thanks for the link, I will read it on this rainy day.

I have test strips with pH, kH, gH, NO3 and NO2 levels on each strip.
Test strips are very inaccurate I would buy a liquid test kit such as the api one. Are you from the uk if so go on amazon.
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Old 11-04-2012, 08:07 AM   #9
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Hello,

I'm completely new to fish tanks! Started off my new hobby with buying a 50l (13g) tank, after doing some reading put down 2 layers of gravel (bottom one with plant substrate) and stocked it with plants and a decoration. The tank has a heater (back left behind plant) and an internal filter (back right).

While I'm waiting for the tank to stabilise, I thought it would be good to get some ideas on fish combos.

I like the thought of a 'center piece' fish (e.g. honey/dwarf gourami or other) in combination with a school (neons? rasboras? platies? pygmy coradoras? danios? ...) and possible a few shrimp.

What would you recommend?

Thanks!
As for fish I'm not really sure go onto aqadvisor. This is a useful Guide when getting fish but isn't 100% accurate. You might be a bit pushed for neons and a gourami. You should look into the nano fish such as Pygmy corys and mosquito Rasbora. Also look into a Pygmy gourami. Shrimp would be fine. You could also do a shrimp only tank and get a large colony set up. IMO
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