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  1. #1

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    Hello everyone ,

    pardon me while I jump into the shark tank so to speak as I am what you would call the proverbial fish newbie. A little background. My wife and I currently have 2 kids - ages 9 and soon to be 5. We also have other house critters. A couple middle age lazy house cats and a young 1 1/2 yr old Shit-Tzu who thinks he is an over-sized dog in a tiny body.

    But we are looking at starting a community tank with the kids for a few reasons.
    1) they love fish, the can spend hours looking at them at the local stores.
    2) to help teach them patience and how to take care of something on a smaller scale. where they can have some (limited say on what we will put in there)

    So soon we will probably be getting the first tank all though I know roughly what I need equipment wise I am not sure what I am will work beyond that. All I know is that I will be doing a tropical freshwater tank for the first go at it. For sizes I have my eye on a 20 - 37 gallon tank at the local shop. I would love to go up to a 55 but I honestly don't think I have the room for it without it getting uncomfortably close to my hallway leading to the kid's bedrooms. They include the Tank, hood, stand, filter, heater, gravel, thermometer, food for your fish of choice, water conditioner, and a net in the price of the setup, so I would just need a few other accessories like the decorations, gravel siphon (unless their is an easier way to do weekly changes), and a timer for the lights to keep it on a regular schedule.

    I thought about starting off with a small school of 6 zebra danios but beyond that I am not sure. I probably won't go with the full planted tank and use the fake silk plants instead along with the rest of the decorations.

    I am willing to take it slow and learn, thus any advise is greatly welcomed

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    Allways nice to see a new face. Dont hesitate to contact me or a mod if experince any problems.
    Do as I say. Not as I do.

  3. #3

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    Welcome to the team!!
    Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.
    Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit.
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    Welcome to the AC :)
    My therapist says I need a bigger tank . . . . .

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    Hello and welcome to the wonderful AC . The greatest fish site on the web.
    ask ?'s and change some water pair of JD's and loving it.

  7. #7

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    Attachment 30546 to the AC!

    Please post on the beginner freshwater forum to get the most answers.

    Go with the biggest tank you can. The 37 gal is nice, but a 30 gallon is longer and gives you more options when it comes to fish selection (it provides a larger footprint). Tank height is not as important as tank length or width.

    If you can fit a 36 inch long tank that is 18 inches wide, a 40 gal breeder is a really nice tank (see slaphppy7's thread - he just set up a beautiful 40 breeder, link is below - pages 32-34 have finished tank pics & video).

    www.aquaticcommunity.com/aquariumforum/showthread.php?t=113666


    My 75 gal has all artificial plants - see my journal link in my sig,


    To help with tank selection, here are sizes for 30 and 36 inch long tanks, showing
    tank size, L x W x D and tank wts (lbs),empty & full -

    20 Long 30 1/4 x 12 1/2 x 12 3/4 25 225
    29 Gallon 30 1/4 x 12 1/2 x 18 3/4 40 330
    37 Gallon 30 1/4 x 12 1/2 x 223/4 45 415
    26 Flatback 36 1/4 x 12 1/2 x 16 5/8 42 300
    23 Long 36 1/4 x 12 5/8 x 13 32 253
    30 Gallon 36 1/4 x 12 5/8 x 16 3/4 43 343
    38 Gallon 36 1/4 x 12 5/8 x 19 3/4 47 427
    45 Gallon 36 1/4 x 12 5/8 x 23 3/4 66 515
    30 Breeder 36 3/16 x 18 1/4 x 12 15/16 48 348
    40 Breeder 36 3/16 x 18 1/4 x 16 15/16 58 458
    50 Gallon 36 7/8 x 19 x 19 5/8 100 600
    65 Gallon 36 7/8 x 19 x 24 5/8 126 775


    Also, it's usually better to buy all you equipment individually, rather than in a kit or package. Online vendors have really good prices and you can choose the right equipment for your setup.

    The very knowledgeable and friendly forum members will help with whatever questions you have.
    My 75 gal Journal & My Dual 29 gal Journal
    My 75 gal - Gold Pristella Tetras, Scissortail Rasboras, Neon Dwarf Rainbowfish, Leopard & Zebra Danios, Wild Caught BNP
    My Dual 29 gals - Left Tank - Diamond Tetras. Right Tank - Harlequin Rasboras
    Future 40 Long - Rummynose Tetras and Cories

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  8. #8

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    Asking good questions, keep it up! - Slaphppy7 Congrats on the tank move - Slaphppy7 Thanks for being the 2000th poster on the 40B! - Slaphppy7 Thanks for the B-Day wish - Strider199 Here's to one crummy Superbowl, lol! - Slaphppy7 
    T.G.I.F.! - Slaphppy7 Stay warm!! - DeboraBremner Here's to good friends, and new fish! - Slaphppy7 T.G.I.F.! - Slaphppy7 Happy Easter! - Slaphppy7 
    Hey FT, haven't seen your mug around here lately.  Hope everything's ok! - KevinVA 

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    I actually purchased the 37 gallon tank today. These are not kit's per say but I a selection of their stock at discounted prices unlike those Tetra pre-selected kits. The 37 gallon is actually the largest tank I could fit in the space provided otherwise I would have gone with a longer tank but with the other furniture that was not possible in order to keep it away from windows and ac/heater vents.

    I made sure to get plant suitable substrate and lighting now in the event I decided to plant later rather than trying to change at a different time.

  9. #9

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    Asking good questions, keep it up! - Slaphppy7 Congrats on the tank move - Slaphppy7 Thanks for being the 2000th poster on the 40B! - Slaphppy7 Thanks for the B-Day wish - Strider199 Here's to one crummy Superbowl, lol! - Slaphppy7 
    T.G.I.F.! - Slaphppy7 Stay warm!! - DeboraBremner Here's to good friends, and new fish! - Slaphppy7 T.G.I.F.! - Slaphppy7 Happy Easter! - Slaphppy7 
    Hey FT, haven't seen your mug around here lately.  Hope everything's ok! - KevinVA 

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    A couple questions though

    1) The filter I bought is the Tetra Whisper 40 Power filter. It is rated for 20-40gallon tanks at 210 gph. I am wondering if I should upgrade it to the 40-60 gallon version? as I know you can never have to much filtration but possibly to much flow. if that would help with the stocking capabilities.

    2) Tank lighting. The hood came with a 24" full spectrum florescent lighting. for positioning it is sitting on the north side of the living room along a way. I have a large 5x7 west window (with a larger house on that side about 15 ft away) and them my kitchen window and patio sliding door about 30ft away on the south side. I was wondering what a decent light cycle would be, and I am positive I will need a timer as winter approaches our daylight hours are roughly 7am to about 5pm it is already starting to get darker. But the ambient light is some times sufficient I would think but other times it is not. So was wondering should I set a timer for like 7am - 6pm or so or what would you recommend?

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    Your best bet to get responses to specific questions is to post in the appropriate forum - this is really for intros -

    Once we see your posts (like in beginners sections, technical/tank set up, etc.) you will get many responses & LOTS of help! Welcome!!
    46 gal fw tank with black skirt tetras, neon tetras, spotted corys, cherry barbs, otoclinus, snails & 4 amano shrimp - plastic & live plants
    5 gal QT
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