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Old 06-13-2011, 11:05 AM   #1
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My name is Stuart,I am really interested in getting my first aquarium but I am a complete novice and am just looking for what's best to get started,any advice would be appreciated

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Old 06-13-2011, 11:14 AM   #2
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You need to do a Fishless Cycle, I'm sure some of the other members will go into detail for you.

What size tank do you have?
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Old 06-13-2011, 11:26 AM   #3
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Sorry I should have said I don't have a tank yet,what size would u recommend for a beginner?
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Old 06-13-2011, 11:48 AM   #4
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Sorry I should have said I don't have a tank yet,what size would u recommend for a beginner?
As big as u can afford! Novice (including old me) believes that small tanks are easier to maintain! but no its not! its actually harder because u have less room for error!

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I wouldn't go to big though, 55gallons and below. I think any bigger and you may feel overwelmed
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Sorry I should have said I don't have a tank yet,what size would u recommend for a beginner?
To start with, decide what fish your looking to get as that will decide the size of the tank you'll need, which determines the size of filtration needed. Let us know what fish your interested in, we can help with suggestions. Some fish are schooling/ shoaling fish that need to be in groups so they feel secure, thus ultimately in better health.

Believe it or not, bigger is actually better .. or easier. The larger the tank volume, the more forgiving should you make a mistake (it happens).
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To start with, decide what fish your looking to get as that will decide the size of the tank you'll need, which determines the size of filtration needed. Let us know what fish your interested in, we can help with suggestions. Some fish are schooling/ shoaling fish that need to be in groups so they feel secure, thus ultimately in better health.

Believe it or not, bigger is actually better .. or easier. The larger the tank volume, the more forgiving should you make a mistake (it happens).
Good morning jcolon!

Good point, decide what fish you like, and we will tell you the best aquarium size.
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Good morning jcolon!

Good point, decide what fish you like, and we will tell you the best aquarium size.
Good morning to you as well . GrimmGoby ... hope Alexandria got her HW done.
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To start with, decide what fish your looking to get as that will decide the size of the tank you'll need, which determines the size of filtration needed. Let us know what fish your interested in, we can help with suggestions. Some fish are schooling/ shoaling fish that need to be in groups so they feel secure, thus ultimately in better health.

Believe it or not, bigger is actually better .. or easier. The larger the tank volume, the more forgiving should you make a mistake (it happens).
+10 A lot of folks (including myself) focus on that nice big tank at first. You can quickly find yourself well invested in a setup that is totally wrong for the fish you have finally decided on. I waited to do all of my research while the tank was set up and cycling so I just bought my second 55g as the future home of my cichlids. I guess that's not all that bad though
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Good morning to you as well . GrimmGoby ... hope Alexandria got her HW done.
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