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    I'm very new to the fish keeping world and would like to know any tips and tricks for taking care of my new tank. A few days ago I bought and set up my new 10 gallon freshwater tank. I put both rocks and sand in the aquarium along with a few live plants I picked up at my local PetSmart, I also have the heater and thermometer. I put the fast acting bacteria and water conditioner into the tank and waited 24 hours. Yesterday I went back to the PetSmart with a small test of my water to see if it was okay for fish (which it was) and got a Betta, 3 Neon Tetra's, and two Ghost Shrimp.

    I was wondering if I stocked the tank to soon or put to much fish into it all at once. I have room for three more fish in the tank and I was going to get the rest of the fish in around two or three weeks, should I get more so soon or should I wait a little while longer? Also, I wanted to know if I should get three more Neon Tetra's to make a school or just leave it at three? How should I care for my plants? I have plant food to give them but I wanted to know if there was anything else I needed to do for them.

    Please give me your feedback!

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    You'll want to read this carefully:

    http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ad.php?t=36492

    And purchase one of these - PetSmart carries these also, I think

    https://www.amazon.com/API-FRESHWATE...aster+test+kit

    Usually, folks prefer to cycle without fish, like this:

    http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ead.php?t=5640

    But since you have fish, you'll want to be extra careful about testing your water daily for ammonia/nitrite spikes and changing often as noted in the sticky information provided.

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    Welcome to the AC.

    Unfortunately, yes, you stocked the tank too soon, because it is not "cycled" yet...you can do a fish-in cycle, but it is much more time consuming and labor intensive than a fishless cycle...it can be done, many of us have performed fish-in cycles with success.

    Read about fish-in cycling here: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ad.php?t=36492

    There is ALOT of great information in the beginner section of the forum, see here: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...splay.php?f=66

    You are going to need a liquid test kit, most of us use this: https://www.amazon.com/API-Freshwate.../dp/B000255NCI

    Don't rely on the box pet stores to test your water, you need to be doing it yourself. Also, don't rely on them for advice, most have no experience with proper fishkeeping.

    You'll also need a good water conditioner, I thgink this one is the best out there: https://www.amazon.com/Seachem-11604...=seachem+prime

    You will be doing lots of water changes, you may consider getting one of these, or something similar...much easier to do water changes with this, instead of hauling buckets back and forth: https://www.amazon.com/25-Foot-Pytho...+water+changer

    Again, read as much as you can in the beginner section, ESPECIALLY the cycling stickies...and ask as many questions as you need to here, lots of good folks here with tons of experience.

    Many of us started out the same way you did, do not be discouraged...see the 10G link in my signature below, for instance.

    Good luck to you.
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    Welcome to the AC. Excellent advice from the members above.
    I do hope you will read the links they have taken the time to post for you. I also hope that you will not get frustrated by the 'learning curve'. Please do continue to ask questions if you need clarifications. The members here are extremely helpful, quite friendly and only wish to help you help your fish. (Not an agenda to sell you things, like your local store has.)
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