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    From Texas and thinking I might like an aquarium sometime. Not a good place for it in our current house (plus it is a mobile home), but am thinking about it in the house we are remodeling right now to move into in the future (slab construction).

    Not too much to spare in the budget area, but I'll be watching CL and FB forums - nothing close to me, but it might be worth the drive for the right product. No pet stores anywhere near.

    I spent a few years with a pool using a drop kit (versus cheapo, inaccurate test strips) and adjusted all my levels using household products like bleach and muriatic acid, so I am quite familiar with daily water testing and making adjustments. (And then being able to learn my water and predict its behavior well enough that testing could be reduced to a few times a week.) Our current water is hard and the pH always rose in the pool. Well water. The other house is about 5 miles away on a well and I am assuming conditions will be similar, although it will be something to test for.

    I would like a 55g tank if I can find one I can afford. If not, I think 29g would be the smallest I would want, and I would like to get a 10g QT if possible.

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    Welcome to the forum

    Sounds like you've been doing some reading already

    While your looking for a aquarium, I would suggest to take this time to read up on cycling a tank. There's a few links below in my sig that can help you with that
    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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    Thanks. Yes, I have read on cycling and know I would want to do it fishless. I'll need to refer back to links when I actually start the process, but I feel like I have a pretty good feel for it.
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    Thanks everyone. I am the type who downloads product manuals before buying them and just generally does tons of research beforehand. Kind of similar to measure twice, cut once.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aa62579 View Post
    Thanks everyone. I am the type who downloads product manuals before buying them and just generally does tons of research beforehand. Kind of similar to measure twice, cut once.
    :-) Then somehow I feel you'll make a great start into the hobby. Any idea about fish? African cichlids?

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    I have to test the water at the new location, but I am sure it will be similar to what I have here, with the wells being just a few miles apart. It will be hard water for certain.

    With our pool, I was always having to lower the pH, but I can't remember right off hand what it was coming out of the tap. Aeration tends to raise the pH, so I need to do some studying to figure out how you keep a steady pH with all the bubblers and only doing partial water changes weekly.

    I think I read where cichilids might fit in with those conditions, so they had been something I had thought about, but I haven't really gotten that far. I do know that I don't like the tinted water - I think maybe it's tanks with driftwood out something in there that releases tannins? I want nothing that reminds me of the tanks and lakes here. (Hope that doesn't offend anyone - it's just not for me.)

    I'm pretty interested in the science of it. We're going to skip the pool for a few years, until we can afford one the size we want, so I think I may be looking at this as a way to keep getting to work with water chemistry which was my favorite part of the pool. With the correct test kit, proper filtration, and pool calculator, I really felt like I could treat any condition...and without ever going into a pool store. Unfortunately (in a way), I kept too good of an eye on my numbers and never had anything but a sparkling clean pool. But I did spend a lot of time on forums walking people through the shocking process. (And it was a process, not a product.) Reminds me a bit of cycling.

    In the house we are moving into, part of it is a mobile home and part is slab construction. I had thought the tank needed to go in my bedroom, on the slab, due to weight, but I am wondering if that is selfish. Anything above a 30g would still need to be on the slab, but I am wondering now about adding a second tank, maybe a 29g or 30g, in the mobile home part, making sure to put down a piece of plywood to distribute the weight, and making sure it was positioned where it would span several joists versus being all on one or two. Maybe not start out with two tanks running, but if I ever heard about that petco $1 a gallon sale or saw something in the classifieds, it might be an idea to go ahead and get the tank. I could wait to buy all the accessories until I was sure I wanted to get the tank up and running.
    Allison

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    Take your time, read up on what you want to do. Tannin stained habits are usually for softwater fish so you're in luck there.

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