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Old 06-19-2012, 06:45 PM   #1
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New to site from Lake Elsinore, California

What's up everybody? The reason I joined is to prepare myself for a better bigger aquarium. I just got a 5 gallon tank with 5 tropical fresh water fish for my 2 1/2 yr old son. Now I want to upgrade to a 55 or 60 gallon tank, fresh water also.
I would love to hear your opinion on what I should get. Example I was told don't use sand, substrate or gravel, just rocks is best for cleaning and maintaining. Etc, etc.
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Old 06-19-2012, 06:52 PM   #2
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Welcome!! I would definitely use substrate haha, now what else goes in the tank is up to you! I would research different fish and see which ones you like the most. From there you can make a list and post it here and people will help you with a stocking list. Other things to thing about are plants, filtration, and cycling.

The fish that you can put in really depends on personal taste and whether you want an active tank with schooling fish and a few centerpiece fish or several medium sized fish with mild aggression. Those are just two examples, but once you know what you want that will also help you narrow down the types of fish to look at.
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Old 06-19-2012, 07:11 PM   #3
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Thanks Fishkeeper!

I currently have 3 gold barbs and 2 sunfire platies. I'll get whatever fish are compatable with these. Schooling fish is an option, and I'll try to stay away from the agresive ones for now.
I just planted some bulbs in my 5 G tank so they are ready for the upgrade, if they sprout.
What do you think about those starting kits, like Marineland, they include 55G tank, bio wheel filter, hood with fluorescent bulbs, heater, etc for $200.
But I can also get a 60 G aquarium for $60 at a local aquarium shop. Could I get the rest of the items for 140?
Are these filters ok? how often do they need to be replaced and how often and how much water needs to be replaced.

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Old 07-11-2012, 09:09 PM   #4
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Well, I ended up getting a used 80g tank with a 20g sump and stand for 180 bucks.
I did get the substrate and added 2 angel fish an albino shark and a red tail shark, 3 more plants and 3 mystery snails, a gold, a white and a black one.
Prior to getting the new tank ready I lost a barb and a platy due to aggresion from the other barbs and platy.
So far so good in the new tank.

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Old 07-11-2012, 09:30 PM   #5
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Hello everyone,

Just started my first saltwater tank almost 2 months ago. I'm having a blast so far. I have a 40g long tank with a hob Refugium with a protien skimmer and a eshopps 75g wet/dry that I replaced bio balls with LR..new to the hobby and hope I can get some insight and advice from everyone. Thanks!
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Old 07-11-2012, 10:06 PM   #6
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Hi reef G, and wellcome to the site. My tank is fresh water but there is a lot of knowledgable people here that can help make things easier.
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Cool, I thought I was the only one from LE
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