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Old 04-09-2020, 03:47 PM   #1
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Equipment and nitrogen cycle (beginner)

Hello, I'm new to aquariums and I have a few questions about the right equipment and the nitrogen cycle. First, I have to buy some items for my aquarium: 100 watt water heater, timer for the lights and a water test. Do you have favorite brands or advice to give me to help me in my shopping? Second, I was wondering if during the nitrogen cycle I should pretend there were fish. (change of water, food, turn on the water heater ...) Thank you.
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What are your goals with the tank?

What size tank? That will determine the size of heater you'll want.

What type of filter? Inline heaters can work on canister filters.

I would buy an electronic wall outlet timers for the lights, they are much more forgiving in a power outage situation (they will hold their settings, and are dead silent - the mechanical ones make some sound).

Brands that I like:

Filters - Aquaclear for hang on back, Eheim for canister
Heaters - I only use inline Hydor heaters, if not I would look up a titanium heater with a secluded temp control option.


For the N cycle, it depends if the tank is planted or not.

API is a good starter kit for the cycle, after that you'll only really use the NO3 and pH tests and the odd time, the ammonia test. A $20 pH pen from amazon is a very good investment. Make sure it comes with calibration fluid.

API kH / gH liquid kit is also a very handy tool to help understand your water.
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Hello, thank you for your answer. In my aquarium I will have 4 male guppies. (because I don't want to have overcrowding) I want to learn new things. My aquarium is 75L and it will be well planted with easy plants. My filter is "Marina Slim S20"
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