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Old 07-25-2014, 02:50 PM   #1
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Hey everyone I'm new to owning aquatic fish and have no idea what am going lol I though it just be the same as owning goldfish but with warm water lol I found out the hard way that you can't put certain fish together ( r.i.p guppys ) so can people please let me no some of the basics that I need to no what things I need to have in my tank and what fish to add to my tank so far I have one tank with two Bolivian rams two guppys and a few mollies and a small tank with just a betta fish in


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Old 07-25-2014, 04:07 PM   #2
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Okay do just been going frew some message and read some thing about letting the tank cycle and nitro and things, what does all this mean? I set my tank up and got my fish the next day.... That was about 3weeks ago and there all alive ( part from my free guppys my betta got before I found out they can't go tougher ) they all look healthy and the water looks fine :/ are my fishes gunna be ok ?


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Old 07-25-2014, 11:07 PM   #4
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You should be okay. Rite now the chemicals may be unbalanced (most likley) as things cycle.

Last april I got exited and listened to the petco people without researching... Bought a new aquarium, and after the "sure start" bottle I added my fish after 24 hours... Nothing died in my tank, but later I learned of the stresses I put the fish through until it all worked out. And as of rite now those fish are VERY happy, alive and well fed... So I hope yours have just as much luck as mine did

Things you'll want are a good filter, (I replaced the cheap tetra one that came with mine with a Marineland penguin 100 with a biowheel, biiig difference). A quality heater that wont let tank temps flex too much, and a healthy light source if you plan to have live plants.

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Old 07-25-2014, 11:08 PM   #5
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Also look into water test strips or the fluid kit. They will help you understand how your tanks developing.

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Thank you will have to get done water testing strips the pet shop told me nothing -_-


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Fluid kit is more reliable.


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Old 07-26-2014, 09:39 AM   #8
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Went into petshop near me and they said it unnecessary to test the water do don't sell then -_- but apparently the one just outside my town will test it for me if I take a water sample in so gunna do that thru prob be able to explain to me what the result mean anyway thanks guys


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Old 07-26-2014, 10:30 AM   #9
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If they told you that its unnecessary id never go back there again. Water evaluations are critical to maintaining a healthy tank, and understanding how your fish are affected. I'm sorry they told you that misinformation :-(.

My LSF and Petco both do water samples too, just make sure you ask them for what it says, since usually they try to rush it with "its safe" or "not safe"

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Yes and no on testing. I would test once a week but it depends on what I'm interested in. Ammonia and nitrite I rarely test as tank is cycled but done a couple lately for ammonia as using DIY substrate ferts. Once cycled ph (dropping over time) and nitrates (increasing as end part of N cycle) are two to keep an eye. In most cases an extra water change will fix and you don't need to buy anything extra.

Worth testing your tap water used for changes so you have a base line. For example some people have high nitrates naturally in tap water. If funds aren't a problem then a test kit I rank as essential.
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