Thread: Help Getting Started
12-09-2009, 09:49 PM #1Junior Member Guppy
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Help Getting Started
I am brand new to keeping fish and the AC community. I have been doing some research, reading the free e-book and now looking around at some equipment to buy. I was hoping some people had some suggestions on what size tank to start with and what equipment to get with it. If anyone knows of a good online store to shop for these things that would be appreciated. I haven't been able to find any to look around on.
12-09-2009, 09:53 PM #2
Yay for reading the e-Book!
Also read as many other books as you can...if you don't want to buy them, take a trip to the library. Stick with newer books though...things have changed a bit over the last 30-40 years. Avoid books from the '70s or even '80s.
A larger tank is easier to maintain than a smaller one since water parameters stay more stable. Not to mention you have more livestock and decorating options available.
Many sources recommend at least a 30 - 55g tank. If you have room, I would look in that range.
I'll just mention though...I have a 55g...and wish I had gotten a 75g instead. It's only 2 inches deeper - but that gives you much more useable room...
You can buy a 'kit' new. Or look for used tanks - you'll get the most bang for buck that way.55 g Goldfish Tank - 5 Fancies, 2 Dojos
25 g Tropical Tank - Celestial Pearl Danio/Mixed
12-09-2009, 10:42 PM #3
Welcome to the Fabulous AC!
I agree a 35 to a 75 are a great starter size.Much easier to cycle as well.
If you check on Craig's List or Kijiji depending on your local you can find some great deals on used stuff.You can really save a lot that way.
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12-09-2009, 10:42 PM #4
I agree with Rue that 29g-55g tanks are a great starter size if you can afford them. Check local classifieds or craigslist and you can oftentimes find deals. Do you have any idea what sort of fish you're interested in keeping? This can also influence tank size.
If you know what you want, a lot of fish stuff is auctioned on ebay. I also order a ton of stuff from drsfostersmith.com.Originally Posted by i_am_511
12-10-2009, 01:23 PM #5
On the tank size:
get the absolute largest tank you can afford that will fit in the space you're going to put it in. Stay away from "column" or hexagonal tanks--they have water volume but practical stocking options are limited. A 40 breeder is a *very* cool tank, long and deep but shallow. I have seen pics of some very nice 40 breeders. I personally am not a fan of long skinny tanks. I have a 65 gallon that's cool, as it's almost as deep as it is tall(and it is tall, at 6'1 i cant reach the bottom w/o a stool). I have close to 40 fish in the thing and sometimes it still looks empty :) I would suggest that if you get a larger tank, go straight to a canister filter. Rena, eheim, and fluval are the board favs. To save $$ watch CL for tanks and setups. You'll find lots of 29gal( a 30 inch long tank) 30gal(36" long) and 55gal tanks avail. Right now all the stores around me are having tank sales(serious tanks sales) so get out there and look at what is available. Reading the ebook is a great start. At petsmart and petco youll find lots of good books. I particularly like the "dummies" books. Post your questions here and we'll help you though it!