Brought New Aquarium

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    Gail-Steman Young Pine

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    Well as you know I love pets and reptiles but now i'm thinking down the line of an Aquariam but not a large one plus i'm not 100% sure of the care they need.

    This tank caught my eye.

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    After visiting the Garden centre with my hubby last week and seeing the different nice tanks, it got me going in that line of thinking, hubby said there's a lot because of diseases.

    So if any members have had fish in their homes, what's your thoughts on it please :)
     
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    Gail-Steman Young Pine

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    Hubby took me to the Holly Bush today and went and purchased a fish tank and all accessories and Danny the lady showed me how to keep the tank clean etc...I can't wait to set it up but need to leave the water for 2wks to settle then get it tested up there to make sure it's ok to add some fish.
     
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    Gail-Steman Young Pine

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    Last night set up the Aquarium and today it got filled with water and also two lots of solutions and getting the temp right to 75F as i'm buying Tropical fish Neon Tetra.

    My new Aquarium.

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    Sjoerd Mighty Oak

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    I am excited for you. I used to have an aquarium, as did my father before me. I enjoyed having them so much. Sort of like gardening---a lot of work, but the rewards justify the work.
     
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    Gail-Steman Young Pine

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    I'm excited also :sete_056:but I've got to wait nearly two weeks before purchasing the fish if I was filling it with our house water which is hard but brains of the bunch hubby was supposed to fetch 10 bottles of water, he only came back with 20 miscalculated :smt082 I soon had him cart them off down the shed.
    I've got the temp right at 76F as the Tetra like it from 70-80F...you knowing about them do I need a sucker fish with your own experience?
     
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    Sjoerd Mighty Oak

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    I always had a sucker fish. It's like having an automatic hoover.. There are many sorts.
     
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    eileen Resident Taxonomist Staff Member Moderator Plants Contributor

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    Gail I love your set up!! :smt049I used to keep both fresh water and tropical fish. I had a Siamese algae eater, some Cherry shrimp (or you could get a couple of Amano shrimp) which eat any food debris and two or three water snails to help clean the glass of the tank. The shop where you get your fish should be able to advise you on exactly what amounts of each your size of tank will require.
     
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    Gail-Steman Young Pine

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    Sjoerd I was fascinated just watching them ;)
    Eileen the lady who helped me Danny said my 20litre tank would hold roughly 15-20 and one sucker needed if I wanted one and that's why I asked Sjoerd's advice and reading up on the Tetra fish they need 6 in to a tank at first otherwise they become stressed.
    It's nice to know now though that I have several friends who have had fish and if I need help when I've got them if you don't mind me asking a question here and there when needed :)
    Thanks Logan seeing the water on and the temp right i'm eager for the fish :rofl:
     
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    Gail-Steman Young Pine

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    Hi @Sjoerd my tanks still doing it's cycle and i'm having it tested regular and I purchased a testing kit from Amazon for £26-00 and you can do 800 tests.

    The first test I had done showed everything ok except for the Ammonia 0-10 (Slight) PH 7-6 ok and Monday this week had it tested again, everything was fine except for the Nitrate at 5.0 ppm and hubby removed 25% of the water and it was replaced.

    Tested the water today myself and read instructions carefully besides comparing...here's the results.

    PH - 7.6
    Ammonia - 0-0 ppm
    Nitrite - 0-0 ppm
    Nitrate - 0-0 ppm

    Plus I've got the temp right at 74F for when I get Tetra, Guppies, Sucker (Hoover) :smt043 and 2 shrimps.
     

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    eileen Resident Taxonomist Staff Member Moderator Plants Contributor

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    Gail looks as though you're almost ready to go. A PH of 7 is neutral (neither too acidic or to alkaline) so when it drops to that and stays steady then fish and shrimps can be introduced. Not long now!! :)
     
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    Gail-Steman Young Pine

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    Eileen i'm taking another sample to the place where I brought it from tomorrow to see what their tests say a day after...I read about the shrimps after you mentioning them and i'm getting two.

    I'm using bottle water instead of tap but it does tell you what you can use to reduce the PH reading...I can't wait :sete_056:
     
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    Sjoerd Mighty Oak

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    This looks professional, Gail.
    When do you expect to take on the lodgers? It sounds like you have made some good choices.
    What sorts of plants have you chosen? Will you also have snails?
     
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    Gail-Steman Young Pine

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    Hi @Sjoerd lodgers have started today :like: took more water this morning and it was checked came back clear again and they said I was ok to start introducing fish, I brought two Guppies, one sucker and 2 shrimp but the one was young and along the way of transportation from the tank and into it, it's gone missing :smt043

    The sucker is on the left of the picture.

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    Gail-Steman Young Pine

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    @Sjoerd you'll laugh because that tanks in a space in a tall wall unit and to bring it out I've brought small glass suckers and also a foldup metal camping table and got hubby to saw the legs to the length I needed it.
     
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