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Old 02-05-2015, 07:56 PM   #1
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Hey everyone, I've been "fishing" around here for info for about a month (excuse the pun) and finally made an account. I have started my first real freshwater tank and am really looking forward to the hobby. I'm from Northern Virginia.

I have had one failed experience about a year ago. I tried to build a paludarium (56G with about 25G of water) for my poison dart frogs and some fish. Well the frogs kept knocking everything in the water and it was terrible! So I changed that to just a vivarium with a water feature.

My new build is 55G, decently planted. I have some rocks and fake wood in there. I used Eco-Complete and sand for substrate. I was going to do a fishless cycle but couldn't find pure ammonia anywhere. I ended up using Tetra Safe Start and added 10 Zebra Danios in there. So far so good. Steady ammonia around 0.5, 0 Nitrites, and gradually increasing Nitrates (up to 30, about to do a water change tomorrow). The danios seem happy feeding on some flakes and fruit flies.

My goals are to eventually have 2-3 ropefish, a platinum angel, a gold gourami, a few Rainbows, and maybe some shrimp.

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Old 02-05-2015, 09:34 PM   #2
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Welcome! Good luck with your tank. My params on a newly set up 5 gal are close to the same. 0.25 - .5 ammo and so far 0 Nitrites.
Have fun!
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Welcome and good luck!
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