View Full Version : Noob looking for advice :)

01-11-2014, 10:28 PM
Hey everyone! Looking to get started with a new tank so looking forward to seeing all the great stuff in here. I'm thinking of starting with a 10 gallon tank to see how it goes. Want maybe a few different species (fish, frogs, shrimp, etc) and trying to have some fun with it :)

01-11-2014, 10:33 PM
Hello , welcome aboard. I hope you will enjoy the forum.

01-11-2014, 10:36 PM
Welcome to AC!!
Shrimp are definitely a good addition - they add a lot of character, especially in a 10gal when you don't have a lot of options for stock.

01-11-2014, 11:19 PM
Advice...buy the biggest tank you can afford. The conditions are easier to regulate and your stocking options get much better. Buy a filter rated double the filtration of your tank size (10g tank, 20g filter).

READ UP ON CYCLING in the beginner section. Seriously.


01-12-2014, 01:01 AM
I second the larger tank for your first one. You get more room for forgiveness with the water and of course more stocking options.

01-12-2014, 03:47 AM
Welcome, what type of fish would you like to house?

01-12-2014, 04:01 AM
do you also know what kind of water you have locally? High or Low pH from the tap? hard water? etc. That may play into your stocking options as well.

And one of the first things you should probably get is an API Master Test kit for keeping tabs on your water parameters (approx $20 on amazon, can also be bought at your local fish store possibly) - http://www.amazon.com/API-Freshwater-Master-Test-Kit/dp/B000255NCI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1389499233&sr=8-1&keywords=api+master+test+kit+freshwater

01-12-2014, 06:51 AM
Welcome to the AC.

01-12-2014, 08:22 AM
Welcome to the hobby and the forum! I third the large tank suggestion. I started with a 20 gallon and quickly learned you have very limited options in fish, and it's harder to maintain appropriate water ph and such. With that said though, you don't want to start too big either. Look into different species of fish, browse your LFS isles and maybe check out a site or two. Petsolutions.com I've recently discovered have lots of different tropical fish and plants. If you have a Petsmart near you, go towards the fish area and there should be many different brochures on different species of fish, starting an aquarium, water levels, ect. That's where I learned the basics. Good luck! And don't be afraid to come on here and ask any questions or concerns you might have! I've only been here a few months but have discovered the community is very friendly and helpful!!!

01-12-2014, 10:59 AM
Welcome to the AC... :22:

01-12-2014, 05:55 PM
A 20 long is a nice size tank to start with without being too overwhelming for a first tank. More possibilities for plantings and fish.