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Fish for new tank

Postby Joy Bradley » Wed Jun 20, 2007 2:32 am

My son has just got his first tropical fish tank - it has taken us nearly two weeks to stabilise the water and he is now desperate to put some fish in it!

It is a 60l tank.

I undertand that we should consider some fish that swim at the bottom some for the middle and others that like the top!

This seems like a lot of fish in a small starter tank.

Anyway his birthday money is burning a hole in his pocket so any suggestions would be great.

Mother of Samuel who is really into fish - but only 8!
Grateful for any help to support Samuel.
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Postby TigerBarb » Wed Jun 20, 2007 3:40 am

Hi Joy!

Please could you let us know the dimensions of the tank? Length (right to left) x depth (front to back) x height. Then we can work out the stocking level for you.

When you say it has taken two weeks to "stabilise the water", what do you mean? Have you cycled the tank? (see here). If so, please can you post your levels of ammonia, nitrite and nitrate? And the pH of the water?

Sorry for the Spanish Inquisition - but this info will help us to help you!

Finally - what fish does your son like? Cos this is the most important factor in choosing!!!
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Postby Wolfgirl » Wed Jun 20, 2007 5:09 am

In addition to what Tigerbarb already said, it's very important to research your fish before you buy, especially when he sees something he likes. He might see a blue and black striped fish that he likes, and a fish with very long flowing fins that he thinks is great, but if you put a Malawi cichlid and a Betta splendens together, they will tear each other to bits. :)
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