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12-10-2012, 12:28 AM #1Member Platy
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Aquarium kit must haves?
G'day folks, so as I type this I'm currently fishlessly cycling my first ever aquarium, a 125 lightly planted. I joined this forum to absorb knowledge, so here's an open question:
In any hobby there are certain tools/pieces of equipment etc that you should never be caught without. I'm curious to hear what some of these are for you guys. I don't mean things like "this is the essential filter" or "the best powerhead" or whatever, I mean things like "I get anxiety attacks if I don't have ich medicine on hand" or "I always have algae control chems in stock." Stuff like that!
12-10-2012, 12:29 AM #2
THE API FRESHWATER MASTER KIT...this kit is the water testing GOD...trust me i started on strips and they were not as accurate as this is....
Also seachem's prime and seachem's stability...
i'm sure the others have more thoughts...
oh and eyedroppers to administer ammonia drops during the fishless cycle...trust me you're goin to want them.
20 gal tall - Helios - HM Betta Male, 1 rasbora het, 3 rummy tetras, 1 glowlight tetra, 1 zebra nerite, 10-15 cherry shrimp, Java Moss and crypto planted tank w/ Driftwood and Spider Wood
12-10-2012, 12:45 AM #3
A bucket(s), I like to have graduated pippettes (ml) and medicine droppers and syringes handy for spot feeding, dosing ferts, dosing meds, dosing ammonia during cycle etc. Several different sized nets, Multiple foods, A general array of meds. Various sized cups and containers for feeding frozen/live foods. Dedicated hospital/QT tank. A battery backup air supply.
In addition to an Api Freshwater Master Test kit I also have API's GH and KH test kits. And a water changer like the Python. There's more but I can't think of them right now.
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12-10-2012, 12:46 AM #4
In addition to all the above, one of the below
Along with some: prazi pro, and paraguard, and a cycled sponge filter with a QT tank ready to be set-up.If you take your time to do the research FIRST, you can successfully set-up and keep ANY type of aquarium with ease.
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12-10-2012, 12:46 AM #5
QT....nothing more important than the back up plan.
12-10-2012, 02:21 AM #6
With a 125 gal you are going to want a python or similar water change system.
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12-10-2012, 02:51 AM #7Member Platy
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OK, some nice stuff there! I have the API master kit, and tons of prime, no stability though, I'll look into that one. I have a mountain of syringes (get one with every bottle of kids tylenol), and if I was adding ammonia by the drop I'd still be trying to hit 4ppm with my tank.
For water changes I have a branch off my closed loop that goes directly to the drain, and a fill line plumbed right into the tank.
It did seem to me that I should look into meds, but the only infection I've ever heard of is ich, so I'll look into some catfish safe ones, any other specific meds I should be thinking about?
I'll also be ordering foods this week, well in advance of any fish, and I have a cycled QT, but might look into a better one. I have an unclaimed 20 long that will easily be able to hold anything I'm getting.
Thanks for all the suggestions, I'll check out anything I haven't already covered!
12-10-2012, 03:29 AM #8
All that stuff others mentioned. I use a ups battery backup, suppose to be for electronics like computers, but works well to run a few air pumps off of. I just leave the air pumps hooked up to it all the time, never know when the power will go out. Plenty of towels and a shop vac to clean the carpet when you spill a bucket of water.
12-10-2012, 03:52 AM #9
It comes in handy :-D
Lots of good stuff so far, I would add a large dose of patience.
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12-10-2012, 03:54 AM #10
Safe (much cheaper than Prime if you have large tanks), Maracyn 1 &2, metronidazole, PraziPro, air pumps, air stones, sponge filters, spare tanks for QTOriginally Posted by i_am_511