Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > General Aquarium Forums > General Hardware/Equipment Discussion
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 04-08-2020, 11:25 AM   #1
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Posts: 31
Back in the hobby, need advice on 20ga starter kit

Hi


I want to start a simple fish tank to get back in the hobby. I am confined and it will have to be delivered.
I have been looking at 20ga starter kits, and have found the following:


-Tetra aqua culture $78 with free delivery

-Top fin $60 free pick up locally

-Aqueon $103 with free shipping

-Marina (None found)


I am leaning towards the tetra. It is delivered free and tetra is decent just to have a normal, little fish tank around.
Top fin I think is a bottom brand. Marina can't be found with free delivery or pick up. Aqueon I m sure is the best brand but much higher.


I do understand that I will have to buy other items like food, water treatment, net, heater, test kit and a few others.
I will keep a low number of small peaceful fish, no cichlids or aggressive fish.



Thxs


Pat
__________________

__________________
vaindioux is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-08-2020, 11:19 PM   #2
Aquarium Advice Addict
Community Moderator
 
Autumnsky's Avatar



POTM Champion
Tank of the Month Award
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Northern Colorado, USA
Posts: 14,434
Amazon had an extra ~$10 off the Aqueon and there are same tank at Petco for the price mentioned free delivery over $35 (said on the header, not sure what might be excluded)

Of your choices, Aqueon would be my pick.

Another slightly more expensive but really nice tank is the Fluval 15G offers some very nice features like remote and adjustable lighting, hidden 3 stage filtration in back and included.

You could go with nano fish and nano Cories. Some fish to consider - Ember Tetras, Sparkling Gourami, Sundadanio Axlerodi (softer water fish) Scarlet Badis or Peacock Gudgeon, Boraras Brigittae Chili Rasboras or similar nano fish Rasboras, Neon Green Tetras.

https://www.petco.com/shop/en/petcos...d-aquarium-kit
__________________

__________________
FW & SW
Favorite tank right now - 12G Edge nano fish

New to FW fish? First tank in a long time or EVER??? Need some info on keeping fish?
Start here - Aquarium Advice Article
https://www.aquariumadvice.com/guide...ater-aquarium/
Autumnsky is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-09-2020, 10:09 AM   #3
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Posts: 31
Aqueon

Autumnsky


Well thxs for the help. I m starting to lean towards an Aqueon set up after what you wrote. Thxs for the Petco link, I found out that for $9 more I go from an Aqueon 20ga to a 29ga one. I probably go for that. The fluval is nice but too fancy and very expensive.

I am in the process of making room in a spare bedroom for the tank, then I will make my move.
I like those Scarlet Badis with some lil cats on the bottom.


Thxs a lot


Pat
__________________
vaindioux is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-09-2020, 05:32 PM   #4
Aquarium Advice Addict
Community Moderator
 
Autumnsky's Avatar



POTM Champion
Tank of the Month Award
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Northern Colorado, USA
Posts: 14,434
9 more gallons is great for very little extra $, good idea.

Also recommend Prime water conditioner. Helps with the ups and downs of getting the tank cycled.

Are you considering a fish in cycle, or fishless cycle?
__________________
FW & SW
Favorite tank right now - 12G Edge nano fish

New to FW fish? First tank in a long time or EVER??? Need some info on keeping fish?
Start here - Aquarium Advice Article
https://www.aquariumadvice.com/guide...ater-aquarium/
Autumnsky is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-09-2020, 07:46 PM   #5
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Posts: 31
Definitely fishless cycle. Cycling with fish is cruel in my book.


Pat
__________________
vaindioux is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-09-2020, 07:53 PM   #6
Aquarium Advice Addict
Community Moderator
 
Autumnsky's Avatar



POTM Champion
Tank of the Month Award
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Northern Colorado, USA
Posts: 14,434
The throw a fish in the tank version is cruel. Doing testing (as needed, almost) every day and sometimes more than once a day, is managed care, not cruel unles one is lazy and won't do the work.

Also if you can get good media to seed the tank, always a bonus!

Here is an article for fishless cycle.

https://www.aquariumadvice.com/the-a...hless-cycling/

https://www.aquariumadvice.com/tips-...ishless-cycle/

And the link in my signature gives extra info on the nitrification cycle and other tips and helpful information.

Can't wait to see the new tank come together!
__________________
FW & SW
Favorite tank right now - 12G Edge nano fish

New to FW fish? First tank in a long time or EVER??? Need some info on keeping fish?
Start here - Aquarium Advice Article
https://www.aquariumadvice.com/guide...ater-aquarium/
Autumnsky is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-09-2020, 09:06 PM   #7
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Posts: 31
Autumnsky


Thxs so much for the help. I will check your links out. I have seeded tanks in the past with gravel from a friend's tank.


Pat
__________________
vaindioux is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-09-2020, 11:21 PM   #8
Aquarium Advice Addict
Community Moderator
 
Autumnsky's Avatar



POTM Champion
Tank of the Month Award
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Northern Colorado, USA
Posts: 14,434
Every little bit helps even running a fishless cycle! If you still have a friend with a tank, getting a swish in a bucket of treated water and squeeze of the filter pad is a really good seeder! All that stuff settles in all over an makes so many little places of BB start growing.
__________________

__________________
FW & SW
Favorite tank right now - 12G Edge nano fish

New to FW fish? First tank in a long time or EVER??? Need some info on keeping fish?
Start here - Aquarium Advice Article
https://www.aquariumadvice.com/guide...ater-aquarium/
Autumnsky is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
advice, hob, star, start, starter

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Back in the hobby need advice. ddodad Freshwater & Brackish - Getting Started 29 02-13-2018 09:07 PM
Back in the hobby need advice on new tank!!! Preston18 Freshwater & Brackish - Getting Started 22 10-14-2014 03:18 PM
KENT MARINE Starter Kit ??? LIMentality420 Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started 0 04-05-2005 08:35 PM
Kent Marine Reef Starter kit.hmm? PiscesLou General Hardware/Equipment Discussion 9 11-09-2004 11:50 PM
Good or Bad? Pet's Mart Top Fin 55 Gal. Starter Kit mikemou Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 15 02-19-2004 03:15 PM







» Photo Contest Winners







All times are GMT -4. The time now is 09:35 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.