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Old 01-20-2014, 06:42 PM   #1
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hello guys. thanks for having me. im new to this. ive had a tank for a month. i have 2 white clouds and 2 platys. in a couple of years my aim is to have a tropical tank, but for now i have them in a fresh water tank, as the pets at home (a uk pet store) staff recommended this to me as these fish are temperate fish.

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Old 01-20-2014, 06:43 PM   #2
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Old 01-20-2014, 08:04 PM   #3
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hello guys. thanks for having me. im new to this. ive had a tank for a month. i have 2 white clouds and 2 platys. in a couple of years my aim is to have a tropical tank, but for now i have them in a fresh water tank, as the pets at home (a uk pet store) staff recommended this to me as these fish are temperate fish.

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Hi ginty, by the way my daughter married a great guy from Manchester .
My advice to you , first - don't make anything into a science project ! Keep things simple . Having a freshwater tank is easy . Understand the nitrogen cycle .
I find a canister filter works best . Maintain stable water parameters , PH , temperature . Stay with friendly community fish . Stay away from aggressive , territorial type fish , it's upsetting to see fish getting picked on and stressful to watch .
It's best to get the biggest tank your budget will allow . The initial cost is always hi , the enjoyment you will get from this hobby is priceless .
Adding aquatic plants is fun and natural for fish ,adds beauty and helps with water quality . Start out with hardy plants such as java fern .
Just remember keep it simple , don't make it into a science project ! Enjoy !
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Hi Shellyx, thank you , my first time on here . This app is going to be fun and helpfull, educational to say the least .
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Shellyx, thank you ! So far I think this is great , I wish this was around when I first started back in 1967! Thank you for your support !
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Hi Ginty. Welcome to the Forum. I'm from Huddersfield so know Pets at Home quite well. Find yourself a good independent fish shop, look at their tanks, and try to stay away from big chain stores. In my bitter experience they don't give good advice. For good unbiased advice from people who have learned the hard way, ask away on here. No question too trivial or daft!
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Hi Ginty. Welcome to the Forum. I'm from Huddersfield so know Pets at Home quite well. Find yourself a good independent fish shop, look at their tanks, and try to stay away from big chain stores. In my bitter experience they don't give good advice. For good unbiased advice from people who have learned the hard way, ask away on here. No question too trivial or daft!
thankyou scott. ive found a fish shop locally and the only sell fish. im going to go in there from now on.
i was starting to think this about pets at home. everytime i got in there i speak to someone different and get different answers. (which is very annoying)
at the moment as i said in my first message. I only have 4 fish while i am cycling my tank. its a 28l. im only keeping this until i feel im confident in what i am doing, and then im going to try and go tropical and get a bigger tank.
would you advise getting some live plants as i only have artificial at the moment. if so which ones? take into account i havent got a big tank.
thanks for your time.

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