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12-04-2012, 07:09 AM #1Junior Member Guppy
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Hello from the East Coast.
Hello all. I guess I will begin by saying... I'm finally getting a tank after years of holding back because of no room to place it and no time but now I dont care and getting one anyway. I haven't had a fish tank for many years back and now I want to get back to it. I consider myself a born again newbie sad to say but still looking forward to it.
So, now to what my plans are for any advice from anyone and all. I first thought of getting a 10gallon tank but I realized I will be limited so I'm going for a 29gallon tank since they have decent deal that ends december 31. The one I have in mind is the Aqueon 29 gallon deluxe kit (heater, quiet flow filter, fluorescent lighting, fish net, fish food sample, starter guide) for less than $120 if I recall correctly and $20 dollars worth of fish. One thing I dont have much info on is the tank stand, hoping they have one at the store that wont break my pockets.
I think to get back in, its not bad to get this and add better products down the road if needed. My question is are the Aqueon tanks and starter kits worth investing and what to do preparation wise before investing in fish. I hear I should cycle the tank atleast 24 hours, 2-3 days or 4-6 weeks. Not sure which is viable. Also, water prep, tap water and water conditioner prep (add conditioner each water change and/or possible just adding it without changing water berween water changes), gravel or sand substance, ph levels, etc.
I've look at a few tropical fish but couldnt decide on what to start with knowing its a new tank cycle and their stress levels. I'm open to any suggestions. Possible breeding and plants down the road but not until maybe much later once I get comfortable again. I'm sure I'm missing some other questions, it's late and tired lol and I know I'm asking a lot but I'm a person of details and specifics so that I get the job done right with no or fewer mistakes later on. I hear great things about this forum so I hope you all can advise the way. Thanks in advance.
12-04-2012, 07:18 AM #2
Welcome to the community.
I can't speak on the Aqueon sets, but I can tell you that cycling a tank takes much longer than 24 hours, or a few days. It can take a MONTH or longer. PLEASE make sure to read our stickies on properly cycling a tank. Your fish will thank you for it. It also requires pure ammonia if you choose to do a fishless cycle, or hardy fish and daily water changes if you choose to go with a fish-in cycle.
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12-04-2012, 07:21 AM #3
12-04-2012, 10:02 AM #4
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12-04-2012, 10:52 AM #5
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12-04-2012, 12:59 PM #6
I think the Aqueon kits are very good for a start. I'm not crazy about their filters and upgraded mine to an Aquaclear rated for twice the volume of the tank. So in your case, that would be the AC50 or AC70 (preferred). But you could start with what the kit provides.
1) Read the stickies as suggested on cycling. Hope you can have the patience to cycle without fish.
2) Get the API Master fresh water test kit, not testing strips.
3) Look into getting a Python or Aqueon water changer. These hook to a faucet and make water changes so much easier.
4) Since it will take several weeks to cycle the tank properly, use this time to research what fish species you like that will be appropriate for the size of the tank and their compatibility with each other.
5) Consider live plants. They add both to the beauty of the tank and the comfort of many fish. There are some fish, however, who will just snack on them or rip them up so it will depend on what you decide get. Your lighting and substrate will also determine what will flourish, but there are many plants available that do well in a low tech setting.
12-04-2012, 01:06 PM #7
I actually have one of the Aqueon 29 Starter kits. Everything works in it great, however the filter provided can pose a challenge. Since its cartridge driven, when the cartridge gives out you are forced to change the whole thing and you'd lose your cycle. To combat it, I also placed on the tank next to it a small Aqua Clear 20 filter, housing that with just the sponge, and two bags of the bio max ceramics. This way, if the cartridge truly requires replacing I know I'm not going to lose the cycle in my tank.
I also found the filter, though rated for the tank was just not enough to keep the tank at optimal conditions. The second small filter made it perfect.2 10 gallon tanks, 1 20 gallon tank, 1 Fluval Edge, 1 29 gallon tank, and one backyard pond.
12-04-2012, 03:10 PM #8
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12-05-2012, 10:58 AM #9
Starter kits tend to be a good way to get your feet wet.
As to affordable stands... perhaps there's a sturdy chest of drawers on craigslist?
12-05-2012, 01:17 PM #10
For stands, look on-line at Petco. I've used the Aquatic Fundamentals stands which I find really sturdy and these are not carried in my local Petco - the sales person didn't even know they were available through Petco on-line.
They are pretty basic and have to be put together but it was easy to do. They have many sizes and styles - bow front or straight, completely enclosed or open shelved. Here's a link - http://www.petco.com/shop/searchresu...stands&x=0&y=0