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Old 03-04-2011, 05:41 AM   #1
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hi everyone

I'm new to aquariums and haven't actually got one yet, but i was hoping to get plenty of advice before a get my first tank.
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Old 03-04-2011, 05:59 AM   #2
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Welcome to AA where all your dreams come true! : D

Don't make the mistake of not cycling your tank before you get your fish. If you're not sure what that is, then have no fear! There are lots of people here that will help you! basically it's just building a large enough bacterial colony to allow fish to live. The bigger the tank the loner to cycle (it can even tank a month of cycling before even adding fish!)

If you're new to this hobby is definitely crucial that your purchase the API Freshwater test kits.

Since you said you don't even have an aquarium yet, then a saltwater tank is out of the question as those take older tanks.

Do you have any idea what kind of fish you want? : D
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Old 03-04-2011, 06:12 AM   #3
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at the top of my list is a rainbow shark, i have just done some research on cycling the tank, and i will be getting a 150cmx50cmx50cm tank about 375 litres or 80gallons. and now that you say a larger tank takes longer to cycle i assume my tank will take a long time
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Quite some time actually but you might get lucky!

Any other fish you're looking into? 80 gallons can house a bit
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Old 03-04-2011, 06:17 AM   #5
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I don't believe that a larger tank will take longer to cycle. In a bigger tank you may have to add more to start the cycle but the time frame should be about the same. The whole thing is not to rush. And test your water before adding any life to the tank in the way of fishes.
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Old 03-04-2011, 06:19 AM   #6
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well before i start choosing more fish i wanted to find out what type of fish would be compatible with a rainbow shark. ive done research on the rainbow shark and apparently he can be aggressive. All advice i have read tells me not to have a pair of rainbow sharks or to mix them with other shark.
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Yea they say don't mix them but I have mixed rainbow with bala sharks and have never had a problem.

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Old 03-04-2011, 08:19 AM   #8
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Hey!
Good for you for doing some research before committing to an aquarium.

As far as cycling a big tank: It only took me about 2.5 weeks to cycle my 55g. I had used LOTS of material to "seed" my tank with from my other tanks, and turned the heater on, as well as turned the lights off, which really sped things along.

See if you can get some filter material, decorations, and substrate from someone, even just to borrow.

Good luck, and can't wait to see pics when you get your aquarium set up!
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Old 03-04-2011, 11:48 AM   #9
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it wont be for atleast a month and a half till i get my tank up and running with the fish. I live in turkey, there is only 2 pet stores in the area and in one of them the tanks are filthy, does not look nice at all. but the other pet shop has a clean aquarium with a few fish. but unfortunatly i don't have any friends with aquariums so no stuff to borrow as soon as its all ready i will post pics
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Welcome to AA where all your dreams come true! : D

Don't make the mistake of not cycling your tank before you get your fish. If you're not sure what that is, then have no fear! There are lots of people here that will help you! basically it's just building a large enough bacterial colony to allow fish to live. The bigger the tank the loner to cycle (it can even tank a month of cycling before even adding fish!)

If you're new to this hobby is definitely crucial that your purchase the API Freshwater test kits.

Since you said you don't even have an aquarium yet, then a saltwater tank is out of the question as those take older tanks.

Do you have any idea what kind of fish you want? : D

Welcome to AA!
This is sound advice!!! I'm a noob who made the mistake of listening to my local large pet store (LPS) and didn't cycle my tank first and suffered so losses and am doing partial water changes (PWC's) almost daily! The API test kit is a MUST! You will be doing constant test's and will save you big bucks in the long run.

Also this link was shared with me and I found to be quite helpful. Happy Fishkeeping!

I just learned about cycling but I already have fish. What now?!
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