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Old 07-13-2010, 12:29 PM   #1
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hi, i am getting a tank, and would be very grateful for any advice on starting a tank and which types of fish would be great for starting!

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You need to let us know if you're talking freshwater or salt. What's your budget?? 55g is what a lot of folks like to start off with since more water volume is more forgiving for newbie mistakes and learning curves.

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You need to let us know if you're talking freshwater or salt. What's your budget?? 55g is what a lot of folks like to start off with since more water volume is more forgiving for newbie mistakes and learning curves.

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hey, freshwater, thank you, um budget lets say over $50
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I'm cycling a 20 gal. freshwater the fishless way. It's been up for 4 days and I'm already reading .25 nitrite. It's the best way to go. AA is the best place to find information. Look at Fishless Cycling for Dummies and Tips and Tricks for your Fastest fishless cycle right here at AA. You'll set up the tank, sea scape it so it will be ready when it is done cycling. Good luck. Keep in touch.
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well 50 dollars could get you a betta bowl, but otherwise, 50 dollars cant really get you much other than a 10g tank
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Welcome. There are often quite a few good deals on craigslist. Try checking around there.
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well 50 dollars could get you a betta bowl, but otherwise, 50 dollars cant really get you much other than a 10g tank
hey, i said over 50 dollars!
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o woops, i thought you said under 50 dollars, well than you can do A LOT, i personally did a 20g high tank because i dont want to venture out into bigger tanks until i can get a small tank down and running.

in total my spending was about 100 bucks for the tank + filter + top + heater, and the gravel was free, DW + thermometer + dechlor was about another 34 bucks or so, but it all depends on you really. also you have to account that if you want to have real plants, you need to buy lighting and thats pretty much the most expensive part of your tank if go in that direction ( thats what i have been told )

what austinsdad said was true about 55g being a decent sized tank for newbies. i can tell you from my own experience that, in a 20g things change pretty fast so you need to be on top of it ^_^
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