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Thread: Kat's 29g Adventure!
02-06-2012, 04:06 PM #1
Kat's 29g Adventure!
So, I bought a TopFin 29 gallon tank about two weeks ago. It's running a TopFin 3000 Filter, a 100w UL Heater, and the Dimensions: 30-3/16"L x 12-1/2"W x 18-3/4"H.
I also have a bubble wall, but I am in between pumps right now because I've bought two and both are ridiculously too loud for my bedroom!
I had it up and running the first week thinking "Oh, I can totally put fish in there in about a week! Woohoo!" Well then I found this site that told me all about a "fishless cycle." Needless to say I am so glad I found it out before I hurt any fishes!
I have already bought plants, natural looking gravel, one live java fern, and a cute little lantern thing. I also found some flagstone at my local hardware store to make a little cave. Here's the final product:
I am day 4 into the fishless cycle. I got pure Ammonium and have putting 1/2 a cap full in for the last few days. I tested the water last night with my API master kit and the Ammonia level was 4 ppm (I hope that's right!). I have yet to test for Nitrites or Nitrates yet and figured I could test it a little later this week.
Thanks for reading! And any tips would be very appreciated!
02-06-2012, 04:11 PM #2
Very nice! What are your stocking plans? I advise cories; little active schooling catfish that are cute as buttons!I hate hearing people say "it's only a $3/$5/$1 fish/shrimp, so it's ok if it dies, I can just get another." It's still an animal! All animals should be treated like they're worth $10,000.
29 sw: Damsel, shrimpgoby, pistol shrimp, waspfish
65 fw: Rummies, glowlight tetras, pencilfish, darters, ottos, f betta, goby, dwarf gourami, ninjas
29 fw: Chili rasboras, pygmy cories, P. Gertrudae
02-06-2012, 04:21 PM #3
I'm still on the fence about stocking. I REALLY want some little neon rainbows and maybe a pearl gourami. I've heard rams are good too and they are really pretty! But I keep hearing different opinions, so to be quite honest I'm a little confused.
I do like cories though they do look super cute! I'm just not sure what will be good. I want fish that are very fun to look at but not a fish you'd see everyday (like goldfish).
And it also depends on what my pet store has. I really wished there was a locally owned place around were I live but all I have is Petsmart :( However, my dad knows the company that actually sells them the fish and he says they are good. But I know not to trust the employees regardless. I haven't had a chance to go and see what types of fish they have yet because I live close to 30 minutes away and I try not to make too many trips (gas$$)!
Also does any one know how the Aqueon Aquarium Water Changer works? I NEED to get one before I have to start making water changes because the aquarium is in my room and I'd like to keep the water spillage to a minimum.
02-06-2012, 05:56 PM #4Member Oscar
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Cories are adorable. I've got Skunk and Julii Cories in my 10 gallon. I love Panda Cories though. They are the cutest.
Maybe try some male guppies? They are pretty colorful.
02-06-2012, 05:59 PM #5
Tank looks great. Glad you found the fishless cycle thread useful, it sure helped me.125g - 6 Zig Zag Rainbows, 6 Turquoise Rainbows, 6 Boesmani Rainbows, 5 otos, 6 corys
02-06-2012, 06:15 PM #6
Thanks for the suggestions! I am definitely going to add corys :)
Does anyone know when I should start testing for nitrates and nitrites? And should I test for ammonia levels everyday from now on? I tested ammonia last night and it was 4 ppm. But I didn't test for the others.
02-06-2012, 08:42 PM #7
If your ammonia is still 4ppm, you're probably not converting to nitrites yet. I'm pretty sure it's recomended give it a week and a half or two weeks before you bother try testing for nitrites. Testing won't hurt if you really want to do it early, though. :)
02-07-2012, 12:07 AM #8
Okay thanks Kay!
I guess I'm just a little giddy and wished the cycle would be over by now!
I guess I'll test later this week and research about some fish.:)
I did go to http://aqadvisor.com/ and came up with this set up.
I think those might work well in my tank. But I will probably have to order the rams and rainbows online because I'm not sure my petstore carries those. :(
02-07-2012, 12:20 AM #9
The way that I learned how to use my python was to look up youtube videos of it. I found that the one made by Aqueon was the most helpful. Your tank looks nice btw :)Lots of tanks. Some tanks are planted. Fish include community and bettas.
2 Dachshunds. Angel (Red) and Cookie (Chocolate Dapple).
Shiny Things and Beauty the rabbits.
RIP Princess and Max the Dachshunds, Tiger and Ping Pong the rabbits, and all the fishes from when I was a newbie.
It is Ldoerr NOT Idoerr.
Black kitten named Midnight that was found 10/29/12
02-07-2012, 02:07 AM #10
Thanks Idoerr! I like a clean and simple look. Although I want to get another hardly live plant to add some more depth. But obviously can't do it until the cycle is over!
I never thought of looking up youtube videos of how to use it. Great idea!
I have to wait till my next pay check to go ahead and buy one but it's not like I need one right now anyways.
Okay so I did another ammonia test today. I'm assuming this is between 2-4 ppm.