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Thread: Beginner fish tank help
12-04-2013, 03:55 AM #1Junior Member Guppy
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Beginner fish tank help
Could a tropical catfish be a starter fish for a 36 gallon aquarium ?
12-04-2013, 05:57 AM #2
Any particular catfish in mind? I would do some research on the type of fish you would like to have in your tank. Have you already purchased the tank, filter, etc? More information on your equipment would be nice, try and update your profile the best you can. Typically hardy inexpensive fish are used in beginner fish tanks, like black skirt tetra for example. The first few months or so are the most crucial, the most demanding on fish keepers.25 Gal - Tropical
Custom made Wet/Dry/Sump Filter System, AquaClear 20 Powerhead, RenaCal Excel 300 Heater, artificial plants
Fish - 6 Blackskirt Tetras, 4 Red Wag Platy's, 2 Silver Hatchet's, German Blue Ram, Bulldog Pleco, 2 assassin snails.
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12-04-2013, 11:16 AM #3
A quicker answer, Yes :) just make sure your tank has cycled, that the temp and chemistry is good , add a few hiding places, and youre good to go.If You Watch Your Fishes Closely, They Will Teach You Something Every Day
12-04-2013, 12:07 PM #4
I wouldn't put a catfish in the tank as a starter fish unless your tank has been fully cycled....please read the instructions on fishless cycling before adding any fish_______________________________________________
12-04-2013, 12:14 PM #5
+1 - generally speaking, bottom feeders like catfish should be the last introduced into a tank (after it has cycled) - this is because if there are any traces of ammonia in the water, it will affect the bottom feeders first. With that size tank, you could put other fish in 1st and save space for a group of bottom feeders like corys or a bristlenose pleco46 gal fw tank with black skirt tetras, neon tetras, spotted corys, green corys, 1 guppy, cherry barbs, otoclinus, snails & 4 amano shrimp - plastic & live plants
5 gal QT with green corys & 2 guppies