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Old 03-07-2012, 09:51 PM   #1
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Hi! Newbie looking for advice.

Yay! I finally got my first tank!

Hi everyone. I'm Shanny. I'm a married woman in my thirties. I live in Alberta, Canada.

So for as long as I can remember I have always wanted an Aquarium. My wonderful Husband bought one for me for Valentines this year. So now I get to set it up and start learning.

It is a 37 gallon tank. 20" wide x 18" deep x 24" high. So like a tall rectangle. It sits on a bookshelf-like stand. I can send pics if anyone wants to see.

I am looking for advice on what type/size filter, aerator and heater to get. I want to start with an easy to keep community tank. So I'm also looking for advice on hardy freshwaters and what are good combinations. Also how many fish should I have?

As you can tell I am totally green and would great appreciate any and all advice!

Thanks so much for reading my message!

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Old 03-07-2012, 10:32 PM   #2
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Old 03-07-2012, 10:53 PM   #3
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Hi FishEggs! Thanks for the welcome. This seems like a great forum with lots of friendly people.
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Old 03-07-2012, 11:02 PM   #4
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This is my tank

Here is a pic of my new tank. I'm thinking of starting off simple with a Auqaclear Power Filter 50, Aquaclear Air Pump 50 with four 1" cylinder airstones and a 150 watt Elite Submersible Pre-Set Heater.
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Welcome to AA!
Are you aware of cycling?
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Old 03-07-2012, 11:18 PM   #6
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Hi Mumma.of.two! Thanks for the welcome!

I have read a couple blogs and watched a couple of videos about it. I didn't know about it before that though. I think I'm going to try it with Zebra Danios. Just not sure how many to get for my size of tank. I will keep them in the tank after cycling as I don't have another tank to transfer them to.
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The article above will explain the two options you have. Fishless or fish in cycling. Adding danios will be a fish in cycle, which is perfectly fine, but can be a bit of work in the first few months with daily water changes to keep the fish safe.
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That is an awesome article! Thanks for sharing it. I am going to do a fishless cycle. I don't want to torture any little fishies!
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Fish in cycling won't torture any fish if done correctly. Fishless is a good choice for a beginner. It will give you time to research fish (and plants if you choose) while you wait for the tank to cycle.
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Welcome! I am new to here, as well, but not to the wonderful world of fish keeping. Do you have a test kit? If not, the API Master Test kit is the best. It's what I use, and it is super easy to use! It's about $25 on Amazon and will last a long time! You will need a good liquid test kit to cycle your new tank. Test strips, IMO, don't really work well.

*Hope I didn't step on any toes here....since I am new to this site. lol
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