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My beginner aquarium.

Postby Darryl1984 » Sun Oct 06, 2013 6:01 pm

Hi everyone. Im new to the forums and new to fish keeping but thought id share my first attempt at an aquarium for tropical fish. Its around 68ltrs I think with a Fluval 2 plus filter, Elite 150w heater and a bog standard tropical fish tank light. Its just beginning its cycle period as of yesterday and theres two different types of plants. Water temp, im hoping will be around 25 degrees. Ph was tested earlyer just out of curiosity and seems to be around 7. Thats the only test kit I have lol

I fully welcome any advice, criticism, tips etc. The more info the better I always feel. No decided what fish to purchase yet as im not sure if theres enough plants, bits and bobs in it yet. I definitely need more gravel which will be purchased over the nxt few days.

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Re: My beginner aquarium.

Postby SparkyST » Mon Oct 07, 2013 8:17 am

Welcome to the forum, how are you cycling your tank as I notice there are no fish so you will need to add an ammonia source to get the cycle kick started if you are going down the fishless cycle.

Loads of info on here about fish in cycle and fishless cycle
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Re: My beginner aquarium.

Postby Darryl1984 » Mon Oct 07, 2013 7:15 pm

SparkyST wrote:Welcome to the forum, how are you cycling your tank as I notice there are no fish so you will need to add an ammonia source to get the cycle kick started if you are going down the fishless cycle.

Loads of info on here about fish in cycle and fishless cycle



thanks for the reply. Rookie error im afraid. Clearly i havnt done enough reading up yet. Lol. Hadnt added anything to the tank as i was of the understanding that it had to be ran for a few weeks before adding fish but wasnt aware of the need to add amonia but im now aware of my mistake and have chosen the with fish cycle. Ive added my two platys from my 12litre tank with lots of stuff from the tank too to help with the process. Ive also added the small filter as well to help out and il remove it in a week or two.

Purchased some more gravel and it looks slot better now.
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Re: My beginner aquarium.

Postby SparkyST » Mon Oct 07, 2013 7:25 pm

your welcome, did you add the small filter from the other tank?

You can give the old filter from your other tank a squeeze into your new filter, this will help to kick start it. Keep an eye on your ammonia and nitrite levels whilst you are cycling. They need to be zero if not large water changes will help keep the levels down whilst cycling.
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Re: My beginner aquarium.

Postby Darryl1984 » Tue Oct 08, 2013 8:16 am

I just took the old pump with filter out the old tank and straight into the new one and let it run. Im heading back out today to get a test kit and will monitor levels. The fish seem ok which im guessing is a good sign.

Thanks for you advice again .
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Re: My beginner aquarium.

Postby SparkyST » Tue Oct 08, 2013 12:14 pm

If the filter was running in another tank and you have moved it across all should be fine and will speed up the cycle process

If you can get a liquid test kit as the strips are next to useless
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Re: My beginner aquarium.

Postby Darryl1984 » Tue Oct 08, 2013 12:40 pm

SparkyST wrote:If the filter was running in another tank and you have moved it across all should be fine and will speed up the cycle process

If you can get a liquid test kit as the strips are next to useless




Kool beans. Liquid test kit it is then.

Many thanks for your help. Top man.
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Re: My beginner aquarium.

Postby Darryl1984 » Tue Oct 08, 2013 10:39 pm

Ok so got a test kit and tested the ammonia levels and i make out its at 0.1 on the chart which is one section above 0. Im hoping thats not to bad a reading. The fish still look good and they have been in there for over 24 hrs now.
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Re: My beginner aquarium.

Postby SparkyST » Wed Oct 09, 2013 4:24 pm

Keep an eye on the AMmonia and Nitrite levels as they may spike, If they do you will need to do a water change to bring the levels back down.

Hopefully you wont have to if your using a old filter from another tank but just on the safe side.
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Re: My beginner aquarium.

Postby Darryl1984 » Thu Oct 10, 2013 9:30 am

Will do. Checking every evening.

many thanks.
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Re: My beginner aquarium.

Postby Darryl1984 » Thu Oct 10, 2013 5:33 pm

So im hoping that thing are going to plan in the tank. Been checking the ammonia daily and it seems to be at 0 which is good going by the guide. Fish are still happy. Im going to keep an eye on it and I need to get a kit for testing the nitrite levels too. The kits all add up when your buying them dont they lol. Worth it though in the end.

Quick question, ive not done and water changes yet and the tanks been running since Saturday and had fish in it since monday. Should I do a 20 percent change yet and clean the glass and stuff or is it still to early. The tank looks clean.

Many thanks.
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Re: My beginner aquarium.

Postby Darryl1984 » Thu Oct 10, 2013 5:48 pm

A wee pic with more gravel and some bits from there old tank.

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Re: My beginner aquarium.

Postby SparkyST » Thu Oct 10, 2013 7:05 pm

Deffo worth getting one that will test Nitrite, Nitrite will spike when the ammonia is converted by the bacteria and is just as harmful to the fist.

A water change wouldnt hurt 15 - 20% should be fine.

I tend to do a 20% every week
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Re: My beginner aquarium.

Postby SparkyST » Thu Oct 10, 2013 7:21 pm

P.s. Tank is looking good :)
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Re: My beginner aquarium.

Postby Darryl1984 » Thu Oct 10, 2013 7:45 pm

Super. Il get a kit on saturday and check it before i do a 20% change.

Cheers just hope the fish like it. Lol
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