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  1. Wink Starting a New Tank!

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    Im looking to start up a new tank. Growing up I have had tanks from 10 gallons to 75 gallons, all freshwater. Currently I have had a beta fish in a 5 gallon tank for about a year and hes doing great. Now im looking to start a larger tank from 20 gallons and bigger. I want to have live plants and a variety of fish. Im not to sure where to start. Im a college student and live on campus so i do not have a ton of room and I dont have a lot of money. Im willing to spend some in order to get the right set up for my fish. I would like to get some advice on how to start my tank out correctly.
    post some links leave comments any and all advice would be helpful!

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    look at the sticky above this post in beginner freshwater. there is a lot of good info right there.
    or these on cycling your fish tank

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    At this stage I'd say whatever tank you get, don't get a kit. Sure it is a nice price and you get everything you would need, but the equipment is sub par at best and you'll end up replacing a lot of it. So buy everything separate, you'll save money in the long run.

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    Unless you have some ideas already of what you want to keep, that would be your first step. And what you want to keep is limited by the size of tank you have, and your tap water parameters.
    So measure your space and figure out how big a tank you can get, and get a master test kit and find out what your tap water parameters are. Get your tank set up and cycled. Then you can check out what stores are available to you locally and what fish they carry. Last and most fun, then you get plan what fish you will get.
    20gal long planted community

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    Before you start planning your tank you should check with whoever you need to check with to see if there are size restrictions on campus. After that, with a little patience you might find a good deal on Craigslist.
    When I go fishing I just throw sharp rocks in the water and wait for the dead fish to float to the top... Kingfisher
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    I think my fish is adjusting well to the four gallon, He's laying on his side attempting to go to sleep on the bottom of the gravel.
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    Thanks for all the feed back! Im slowly getting things together. Ill stay away from kits and get my water tested and to see if its ok to use. But for the size restrictions i think they said a 30g tank is the largest but he said its not to big of a deal if i go a little bigger than that.
    Would guys have any ideas of a good place to go buy aquarium plants and tanks? Should i look at local stores or any good online stores that can give me a fair price? The stores around me are walmart, petco, and petsmart. and a couple smaller pet stores.

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    To buy hardware, those stores will probably have the best prices - petsmart down your way seems to have regular $1/gal sales that we don't see here. For fish, you'll want to try and find a non-box store if you can. You do have the option of good online stores too. Fosterandsmith is a good site for gear, thewetspot for fish, aquabid too. I'm just passing on stuff I've seen posted elsewhere, online stores are not as prevalent (for livestock) in Canada.
    20gal long planted community

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    I bought all my equipment online (saved BIG $$$) from and Once you decide on what filter(s), heater, light, substrate, etc you want, shop online for the best price and bundle your items to get free shipping.
    75 gal - Smudge Spot Cories, Silvertip & Pristella Tetras, Scissortail & Red Tail Rasboras, Pearl Gourami, Black Kuhli Loaches, Whiptail Cats, Wild Caught BNP
    Dual 29 gals - Diamond Tetras. Harlequin Rasboras, Bloodfin Tetras
    10 Gal - Mr. Betta's Fishy Paradise

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