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Old 01-02-2015, 04:30 PM   #1
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Purchasing soon

Today or tomorrow I will be purchasing almost everything other than fish to start cycling my freshwater aquarium. This will be my first aquarium, so is there anything I need to know before I purchase??
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Today or tomorrow I will be purchasing almost everything other than fish to start cycling my freshwater aquarium. This will be my first aquarium, so is there anything I need to know before I purchase??

First thing that many, if not all of us here will agree upon is, come here first to discuss things before relying on your LFS. They're generally not the best source of information.

Here's a good read pertaining to getting started. Go thru this and don't be afraid to ask tons of questions.

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Old 01-02-2015, 06:01 PM   #3
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Should I add the substrate and decorations before or after cycling?
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You can cycle the tank with substrate and decorations in it.
I just set up a 75 gal tank on 12/24. I have the substrate and a few plants in it. I added a bottle of Safe Start and a day later I added 6 black skirt tetra fish to help cycle the tank. They're a hardy fish. I check the ammonia level every day. Be sure to rinse the substrate before putting it in the tank.
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Put everything in the tank, sit back and look at it. You'll decide you don't like it as soon as you put water in and rearrange everything, lol. Make sure one of the things you get is a liquid test kit. The test strips are JUNK !!!!

You can use http://www.liveaquaria.com/?t=1&ref=...d=PPC-G-B-4395 as a source for ideas and a compatibility guide (left side of page) and http://aqadvisor.com/ as reference for comparing stock levels and filtration.

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thanks soo much!
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Old 01-02-2015, 08:53 PM   #7
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Welcome! Its a great hobby.

Buy everything you need to get started. This includes heater, tank, filter (get higher than required, you wont be sorry), lighting, and gravel/sand. You can buy a few plants or rocks, but they arent needed for cycling. Put it all together, throw some Prime water conditioner in (best brand) and wait it out. It can take a LONG time to fishless cycle. My tank took 2 months and I dosed with pure ammonia. They also make Tetra Safestart which is the ONLY bacteria in a bottle that works and trust me, I tried most on the market.
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Do I need a bubble wand?
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No, they are unnecessary as long as you are getting surface agitation from your filter. You can get them if you like the way they look but I personally don't.
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No, they are unnecessary as long as you are getting surface agitation from your filter. You can get them if you like the way they look but I personally don't.

Dallas is correct in regards to surface agitation and personal preference. On the other side, it's one of those items that could be useful in the chance you have to treat for ich using the heat method. That would also bring up another point now that if you're making up a list of things and you're going to the big box store that's having the $1/gal sale, I would highly recommend getting a separate QT/hospital tank. Depending on the size fish you're wanting to keep, would dictate the size QT to have. Usually a 10 would be fair but if you can do a 20 I think it's much better.


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