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Old 10-12-2012, 09:37 AM   #1
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Hello, just receivde a superb birthday pressy, 60l tank with all the bits to get started, I am now looking at an empty tank and getting excited about what fish to start off with, I'm am raising the temp to 75, have done all the water treatments inc some bacteria juice to get it all kicked off, how long should I leave it before I do my first water test, also any recommendations on a super hardy fish to start me off once its all ready to go, any other advise would be greatly appreciated, thanks martin
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Old 10-12-2012, 09:52 AM   #2
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I highly recommend you read the article " guild to starting a freshwater aquarium" on the home page. Not only will it answer all you questions. If you follow it's advice. It will save you money and frustration. I also highly highly recommend you get an "active" sponge filter from angle's plus. ( there is a link in the article) this can cut your cycle time in half.

As for fish. If you choose to do a "fish in cycle" go cheap! Molly's or guppies and only a few fish.

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Thank you,

Whats the lifetime of these fish you recommend, also I have a friend who is bringing round some water from his tank which is supposed to help with the breaking in cycle process, should I test the water before and after this happens.
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Their life will depend on the tank conditions but generally a year or more. If you can get you friend to give you a used filter pad or some gravel this will help a lot more then water. I recommend if you can put his/her gravel in a medium bag that you can get from your LFS that way after cycle you can return it to them. Not to mention you may have different gravel colors that you don't want mix
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I would also bring your temp up to about 80 to 82 degrees F. the bacteria like it. After your cycle is done you can drop it down to around 78f
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I highly recommend you read the article " guild to starting a freshwater aquarium" on the home page. Not only will it answer all you questions. If you follow it's advice. It will save you money and frustration. I also highly highly recommend you get an "active" sponge filter from angle's plus. ( there is a link in the article) this can cut your cycle time in half.

As for fish. If you choose to do a "fish in cycle" go cheap! Molly's or guppies and only a few fish.

Good luck and ask questions!
+1 for all the advice given especially about the seeded sponge filter. it really helps your cycling process
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Hi I started with platys also another hardy live bearer. Molly get quite a lot larger than guppys and platys though so I'd stick with the smaller species for your size tank. Also endlers livebearers would be a good beginners choice, google them all and see what you think.
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