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  1. Default Ryan's 10 Gallon Journal


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    Hi everyone!



    New guy here, first post. Let me begin by saying I'm an avid bonsai grower, but am giving up that hobby in place of this one. My brother is a big saltwater fish lover and has a very large tank with beautiful coral. That being said, I think I'd like to have a small, easily managed, tank that I can grow some nice aquatic plants in, and have a fish or two. This may be a dumb question, and I don't want to be laughed at , but for a beginner just getting started, what are your thoughts on this kit?

    http://www.walmart.com/ip/Aqua-Cultu...-Pets/24808067


    I grow my bonsai using T5 lights, but have heard some great reviews about LEDs. So, is this a decent starter kit or....?


    Thanks!




    Ryan
    Last edited by William; 02-27-2014 at 08:23 PM. Reason: title change

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    I made the mistake of getting a starter kit once, never again. Often times the other parts they give are barely adequate if at all. You may spend a little more but it is better to piece it together. For tanks though if you have a petco near you is watch out for their $1 per gallon sales.

    For tanks though especially for beginners, the largest tank you can afford say a 40B or 55 is better. But I would stick with a minimum of a 29 gallon for the first tank. In addition larger tanks tend to be more forgiving with swings in water parameters as well as giving you larger stocking options.

    For filters you want one rated for twice the capacity or more for your tank. So for example on a 20 gallon tank a filter rated for 50 gallons is ideal - Most people here if they use a hang on back filter tend to use the AquaClear filters. For larger tanks many people use canister filters.

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    Actually Ryan, it looks fine as a starter tank. My bio cube has the built in filter as well and the 3 bays are loaded with what's needed and the heater goes in there too. I don't grow plants but sounds like you have a green thumb. With a 20G you won't be limited to just a couple of fish if you stay with small ones and the plants will be great Nitrate sponges. I suggest you read the sticky's on fishless cycling. You already have help from your brother who should know his way around if he runs a reef tank. Good luck and look forward to seeing you in the Forums. 😉
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    Thank you both!

    Seems to be some conflicting opinions

    The only problem I have with not buying a starter kit would be that the only places around me that really sell aquatic supplies are Petsmart and Petco, and they charge exorbitant prices since they're the only ones in the area.

    I figured a starter kit would come with the things I need to teach me the basic principles, but now one of you has me second guessing and the other has me thinking of buying it


    Hmmm decisions decisions....

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    I agree with FrozenTundra here, I started with a "kit", too...every bit of it has been replaced but the glass tank itself with much better equipment than was included in the "kit"
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    Quote Originally Posted by BonsaiGuy View Post
    Thank you both!

    Seems to be some conflicting opinions

    The only problem I have with not buying a starter kit would be that the only places around me that really sell aquatic supplies are Petsmart and Petco, and they charge exorbitant prices since they're the only ones in the area.

    I figured a starter kit would come with the things I need to teach me the basic principles, but now one of you has me second guessing and the other has me thinking of buying it


    Hmmm decisions decisions....
    Not sure where you are located, but most of my aquarium equipment (AND fish!) I've purchased online...great deals out there, and lots of times free shipping, if you know where to look
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    Welcome to the forum BonsaiGuy! I'm figuring you'll always get different opinions because, after all, we all think differently. My son bought a starter 10 gl and has had it running for 4 years and is very happy with it. I have to admit when I see it I want to add better filtration...more light...etc. But with most of us I think our standards continue to rise...we want lower nitrates...cleaner water...and always more fish! Do some investigating and trust your instincts....you can always upgrade later..we call it MTS...multiple tank syndrome!

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    Unless I missed something when reading the what's in the Starter kit, all he needs is a heater and a small bottle of Prime. The filter (built in with bays) sounds much like my bio-cube. These are very basic as the have a small power head that draws and pumps back to the tank in one of the bays, usually the last. I have a Ehiem jäger in my last bay. I personally like the bays as you can load them with what is needed just like the AC Hobs and there's nothing in the tank other than a discharge port and grated intake. It's so much better than a bio-wheel. But once again, it's just my opinion.
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    Generally speaking most kits have a filter that is at the low end of what you can stock. Do you have ideas of what you would like to stock in the tank?

    It looks like it comes with a standard Tetra Whisper Filter. I can't tell which version it comes with, but generally speaking you want one rated for twice the tank size. If it is a Tetra Whisper then you want it to be the 40i version rated 20-40 gallons. You may be able to check at the store, but it doesn't look like the Q&A/description or reviews there have the exact filter listed.

    You will need to get a heater, and dechlor as well.

    Alternatively, check your local craigslist and classifieds if you are ok with buying second hand. You may be able to find a better deal there.

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    Where in VA do you live? I'll give you a deal on a 20L.

    Actually... how about same price but better everything?

    20L can't remember the brand, but it's probably Tetra (got it from Petco)
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