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Old 02-17-2017, 10:05 AM   #1
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Hello all, joining to learn a few things and plan my next tank. I have some experience with bettas when I was younger but been awhile since I last kept any fish. Looking to learn and also plan out my next tank which Im thinking about 20-30 gallons not sure what Im going to get but thinking freshwater but I am open to saltwater as well. I look forward to learning from everyone and getting the most out of the hobby.
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Consider a 40G breeder tank, lots of swimming room for fish, or for building a little reef tank. Another nice tank is a 36 or 46G Bowfront. Has a nice look to it.

One of the first things to think about will be which type of fish (as well as if SW or FW). Spend a bunch of time looking at different fish at stores, especially independent stores which often carry more of a variety of fish.

Also do you know what your water parameters are out of the tap. pH, KH/GH, often working with the water you have, and then select fish for that kind of water, will be a smart start.

Say if you have very hard water, keeping soft water fish will be more complicated to adjust every water change.
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After some looking around on the web I decided to go for freshwater since I'm still fairly new and not looking to spend a ton of money to get started in the hobby at this time. I plan to get my hands on a freshwater master kit next week. I'm going to take your advice and go with a 36 gallon bowfront. Once I get all my water parameters figured I'll make a post here and we'll figure what fish I can choose from.


Edit: took some measurements around open space in my bedroom and turns out I actually have enough space to go larger so I'm going with a 46 gallon bowfront tank instead.
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After some looking around on the web I decided to go for freshwater since I'm still fairly new and not looking to spend a ton of money to get started in the hobby at this time. I plan to get my hands on a freshwater master kit next week. I'm going to take your advice and go with a 36 gallon bowfront. Once I get all my water parameters figured I'll make a post here and we'll figure what fish I can choose from.


Edit: took some measurements around open space in my bedroom and turns out I actually have enough space to go larger so I'm going with a 46 gallon bowfront tank instead.
Great news for the size upgrade. That size is pretty easy to squeeze in (compared to the 36G) with a cabinet to hold you equipment.

I have one and it is an excellent size to keep a decent amount of variety of community fish. Depending on what you want to get of course but room for bottom feeders like Cories, shoaling fish group of around a dozen in the middle, a special larger fish perhaps and some stocking space still for the top area.

Definately start picking and checking for favorite fish. Some times there are favorites which do not work well together so choices have to be made. (or get another tank - later) But its fun! aqadvisor is a good basic stocking calculator for a tank. Unless you are going for a canister, or it just comes as a set and has a filter, I would recommend also the (Hagan) Aquaclear 110. really a work horse. 500 gallons per hour maximum and 166G p/h minimum.

It is a really well regarded and best gph hang on the back aka hob filter.
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Well I want to base my tank on cichlids, my dad used to have a 55g tank when I was a kid and i love a lot of them. Im also heavily interested in discus however I know I need atleast a 75g tank for them since they are large and work best in schools. I also find cory cats interesting as well as tetras, gouramis, and barbs. Im not interested in gold fish, guppies, and platys. I like bettas also but not putting one in a 46 gallon tank. I also like inverts especially snails and shrimps. Im sure there are more I missed but thats what I can name off the top of my head.
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I stopped by petsmart and a LFS. I noticed that petsmart has fluval aquaclear 110 and the lfs has aquaclear 110, is there a difference?
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