March 24th, 2015
Hello, I'm posting this to get some feedback on my new tank I've been setting up. I'm going to try and include as much information as possible to give the experienced people here a good idea of my tank.
I originally got this tank sold as a 50 gallon tank and stand at a yard sale for $40. It sat in my apartment for months and my wife was always wanting me to get it set up. Well a few days ago(03-21) I got the bug and decided to go ahead and get it set up. We went out to Petco and purchased everything we need for the tank, thinking it was a 50 gallon tank. Well I've come to find out that it's not a 50 gallon tank at all, I think it's actually a 26 gallon tank, though that's fine with me, but I just want to explain why some of the supplies are mismatched to the size tank I have.
Tank Dimensions (in.): 30x12x18
Filter: Marineland Emperor 400
Water reading's as of 03-23
The water straight out of my tap is 0.5ppm Ammonia and 7.5 Nitrate. I currently have three male guppies in the tank, at the time of purchase I didn't realize that providing females for the males helps to control any aggressive behavior they may have and they are being kind of nippy towards each other, but nothing extreme.
In my filter I removed the two plastic media containers removed and currently have four filter cartridges in the tank. Can I do this or should I remove some and replace with the refillable media cartridges, if so how many, and what media? How often and how many to change?
I plan on doing 20% water changes every 2-3 days until cycled depending on chemistry readings that I'm taking daily. I used generic Petco water conditioner stuff that removes chlorine and detoxifies chloramine. I used this with the set up and will use it with each water change.
My current stocking is:
x3 male guppies
My final stocking plan is (added slowly once the tank is adequately cycled of course):
x6 guppies (3 male, 3 female)
x6 black mollies (2 male, 4 female)
x2 ghost shrimp
x1 dwarf gourami
Is this too much or understocked? Any suggestions on stocking plans is appreciated as this is an area I'm struggling in. I understand that the guppies and mollies are likely to breed prolifically, and am hoping that the shrimp along with the gouramis and parents will be enough to keep the fry population under control.
Please ignore the decorations. I would have preferred something more natural looking, but alas I've learned that as a parent sometimes you have to compromise and if the kid enjoys it I'm happy!!
Thanks in advance!!!
February 27th, 2015
Hi! Been awhile since I've posted. I've received a 30 Gallon Hex, and was looking for suggestions on what to put in it. At first I was going to do a couple schools of tetras, but I've read where other have put an Angelfish or 2 in there. I know nothing else really could go in there if I did Angelfish, but I'm not 100% sure on everything. Many people have different opinions lol.
Only other question I would have is a good bottom feeder for it. I would love a Golden BN pleco, but I've seen contradicting things on if it'd be too small a tank or not. Thanks. I've attached a pic of the tank to give an idea what it looks like.
February 11th, 2015
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January 23rd, 2015
I am looking for some help and advice.
I have a single large goldfish in a 40-gallon tank with a Fluval 105 canister filter. Recently, we've had some upheaval in our lives and so the tank got neglected for longer than it should have. The water became cloudy, and some brown algae began to grow in some spots on the tank walls. The output from the filter is lower than usual, so I know it needs to be cleaned.
Tonight I cleaned the tank walls, vacuumed the gravel, and did a change of about half the tank water. But I need to know how to proceed from here to get this tank back in shape. I've always heard that you aren't supposed to clean everything all at once because it destroys the bio-life of the tank, but I don't know what I SHOULD do to fix this situation. And I'm not finding anything online but further confusion.
Any help at all would be massively appreciated!
January 8th, 2015
I have a via aqua canister filter 850 i got 2nd hand
I have hooked everything up and it runs, and in the "out" valve there is a slight VERY slight air push
the "in" isn't working and the entire thing isn't really doing anything.
There is a hum and thats it nothing is sucking and nothing is pushing out i had it filled with water at one point and emptied it still isn't working.
tried blowing into the tubes etc and nothing
December 3rd, 2014
Hello. I have a 29 gallon fresh water tank. I have glow fish in the tank. The first 4 weeks was fine. Water stayed clean. I did a 20% water change on the 2nd week and the 4th week. After the second water change, the tank was getting allergy. We took the items that had growth on them and they were cleaned. After they were cleaned the water got really dirty. So we did a complete water change. After we did the complete change, the water stayed clear for about 2 or 3 days if that. Then it was dirty again. We did a complete water change again, we also replaced the filter and put two carriages in the filter this time. Again, 2 or 3 days after its dirty again...
We havent changed food. We havent changed anything. Everything was fine until we cleaned the allergy.
We have the Marineland Penguin Power Filter 150 for up to 30-Gallon tanks.
We also tried putting in stuff that kept allergy down and foggy-ness down.
We have no idea whats making the water so murky and I check the filters and the (blue) side is brown with in two days of replacing them.
Thanks for your help.
August 24th, 2014
I doubt that any of you would consider bringing home that new little cute &amp;amp;amp; cuddly kitten from the pet store, lock him in a closet with a litter box, throw in a can of cat food, close the door and let him live in his own waste. Of course not! Besides, he probably doesn't even know how to use the can opener!
Naturally, you prepare his area in his new home, with a clean dish, clean pillow and a fancy little feather toy. Well, I can tell you that fish do not like fancy little feather toys, but the concept is the same.
November 3rd, 2013
The following information and ideas have been organized for use by members of fishtankforums.com who have recently started a new aquarium (freshwater) and/or are planning on purchasing a new tank.
Step #1 : Determining the correct size aquarium
The purchase of a new aquarium is the beginning to an exciting and educational hobby. A properly set-up tropical fish aquarium will provide hours of enjoyment. The first thing that you must decide on is the size of the aquarium. Aquariums are available from 5 gallons to 55-gallons or larger. You will have to decide what best fits into your living space. There is an endless variety of sizes, colors and finishes that fit into any decor. The larger the aquarium, however, the easier it will be to care for your fish. That's because an aquarium is a self-contained aquatic world. The more water there is, the easier it is to maintain a stable environment. Larger aquariums can hold more fish and plants plus they put on a "wide-screen" display in your home or office.
Step #2 : The Equipment and Decorations
The four major pieces of equipment are the heater, filter, air pump, and hood (cover & light fixture). You will also want to add interest to your aquarium with decorations.
Tropical fish require a steady water temperature of 76? - 78?F/24? -26?C. Goldfish prefer cooler temperatures and should not be mixed with tropical fish. Fluctuating water temperature stresses fish, making them more vulnerable to disease. High quality aquarium heaters minimize water temperature fluctuations. Select an Aquarium Heater based on the size of your aquarium.
SIZE OF AQUARIUM Heater Wattage Required
Up to 15 gallons/57 liter 50 Watt
Up to 30 gallons/113 liter 100 Watt
Up to 45 gallons/170 liter 150 Watt
Up to 75 gallons/283 liter 200 Watt
Up to 100 gallons/378 liter 300 Watt
Another important component of your aquarium is the filter. Aquarium filters keep the water clean by removing suspended debris and harmful dissolved pollution. They also agitate the water surface which increases the oxygen level in the water. Three common types of aquarium filters are: external power filters, internal filters and canister filters. The external power filter hangs on the back of the aquarium. Internal filters are fully submerged inside the aquarium. Canister filters sit beneath the aquarium. Aquarium filters have cartridges or compartments that hold filter media, which keep the aquarium water clean and clear. All filters provide one or more of the following types of filtration. Mechanical filtration removes suspended particles like bits of uneaten fish food and other debris. Filter cartridges and sponge pads are examples of mechanical filter media. Chemical filtration removes dissolved compounds that cause odors and discolor the water. Activated carbon is a good example of chemical filter media. Biological filtration uses bacteria to break down harmful fish waste (ammonia and nitrite). Bio-media provide a specially designed porous network for bacteria to live in.
Canister filters can hold more filtration media than other types of aquarium filters.
The air pump?
Air pumps are used for bubbling ornaments, bubble wands, and air stones. When the bubbles agitate the surface of the water, oxygen is added to the water.
The size of the pump is dependent on the number of ornaments and the depth of the water in your aquarium. Refer to the pump box to guide you in your selection.
An aquarium hood should consist of a cover and a light fixture. The hood looks attractive and helps reduce evaporation of the water. It also reduces the chance of losing fish since it keeps them from jumping out. Select a hood that has a fluorescent light to illuminate your aquarium. Fluorescent lights generate less heat and are more efficient than incandescent bulbs. If you want to grow live aquatic plants you must use a fluorescent light. Plants require the high-quality full spectrum light that only a fluorescent aquarium hood can provide.
The pet shop has a variety of aquarium gravels and decorations. Plan on adding about one pound (about ? kilogram) of gravel per gallon (4 liters) of water. If you plan on growing live plants you should use the finest gravel available. Avoid large pebble gravel when growing aquarium plants. The key to a successful planted aquarium is to select only true aquatic plants (not houseplants) and use a lot of them. One or two live plants generally do not grow well. It is best to fully ?aquascape? the aquarium all at once. Some aquarists are content to use plastic plants. Decorations allow you to create a nice home for your fish. They can also provide a hiding place for fish. Having a place to go and relax is important for some varieties of tropical fish. Decorations help them to do that. The gravel and decorations you choose should come from a pet store to make certain that they are safe for your fish.
Step #3 : Finding a good place to set up your aquarium
Set up your aquarium in an area where it can easily be viewed and enjoyed by family and friends. The aquarium cabinet must be on a level surface. Also remember that you will need a power outlet nearby for the equipment.
Step #4 : Filling your aquarium with water
Place the gravel, rocks and decorations into the empty aquarium and arrange to your liking. Place the filter, air pump and heater, but do not plug them in yet! Carefully follow the directions that came with your electrical equipment. To keep the gravel in place put a plate upside down on top of the gravel and pour the water into it slowly. This will keep the gravel and ornaments in place. After the aquarium is full of water, turn on your filter, heater and air pump. Adjust the aquarium heater. Don't ever add fish to an aquarium filled with plain tap water. Tap water is treated with chemicals that can harm your fish. It is important to be aware that municipal tap water is treated with disinfectants (chlorine and chloramines) that are poisonous to tropical fish. Use Stress Coat, or other conditioners to instantly neutralize these chemicals, making tap water safe for your fish.
Your tap water may not have the right pH for tropical fish. pH is the measure of acidity in the water. pH is measured from 0 to 14. A mixed combination of fish placed in the aquarium is often referred to as a community. Most community fish thrive at a neutral pH of 7.0. A range of 6.8 to 7.2 is acceptable for a community aquarium. Tropical fish can survive when the pH level is outside this range, but they will never reach their full coloration and beauty. Test the pH of the aquarium water with a Freshwater pH Test Kit. If the test indicates a pH outside of the 6.8 to 7.2 range, use Proper pH 7.0 to insure the pH is safe for your fish. Proper pH 7.0 automatically adjusts the pH of your aquarium to 7.0.
January 11th, 2013
I am facing a bit of a dilemna. My system right now is running fine without a sump but I am hearing that a sump is the way to go. Furthermore, I have a hang-on protein skimmer that looks somewhat unsightly hanging on to the side of my tank. I would like to hide it in my cabinet in the sump. When I bought my tank, I did not want a sump setup because I was afraid of it overflowing if ever the electricity cut out. This has happened to me in the past in my freshwater tank. I find the the whole sump system can be fairly finicky trying to adjust the water line.
Putting in a sump now is going to be time consuming as I will have to do some major work to have a small sump aquarium fit into my cabinet stand. My question is, do I really need one? I suppose I can live with a proetein skimmer hanging off the side.
Right now for filtration all I am running is a protein skimmer and about 120lb of live rock. This seems to be working fine. I also have a fluval 305 that is just circulating water. I've taken out the media. Should I get a bigger filter (my tank is about 135 gallon) to increase circulation?
December 25th, 2012
On the first day of Christmas my fish store gave to me...
a fish tank and a really great stand.
On the 2nd day of Christmas my fish store gave to me...
two wooden air stones and a fish tank with a really great stand.
On the 3rd day of Christmas my fish store gave to me...
three trapdoor snails, two wooden air stones, and a fish tank with a really great stand.
On the 4th day of Christmas my fish store gave to me...
four floating thermometers, three trapdoor snails, two wooden air stones, and a fish tank with a really great stand.
On the 5th day of Christmas my fish store gave to me....FIVE NEON RAINBOWS, four floating thermometers, three trapdoor snails, two wooden air stones, and a fish tank with a really great stand.
On the 6th day of Christmas my fish store gave to me...
six live plants, FIVE NEON RAINBOWS, four floating thermometers, three trapdoor snails, two wooden air stones, and a fish tank with a really great stand.
On the 7th day of Christmas my fish store gave to me...
seven sword tails swimming, six live plants, FIVE NEON RAINBOWS, four floating thermometers, three trapdoor snails, two wooden air stones, and a fish tank with a really great stand.
On the 8th day of Christmas my fish store gave to me...
eight wands a bubbling, seven sword tails swimming, six live plants, FIVE NEON RAINBOWS, four floating thermometers, three trapdoor snails, two wooden air stones and a fish tank with a really great stand.
On the 9th day of Christmas my fish store gave to me...
nine knife fish cutting, eight wands a bubbling, seven sword tails swimming, six live plants, FIVE NEON RAINBOWS, four floating thermometers, three trapdoor snails, two wooden air stones, and a fish tank with a really great stand.
On the 10th day of Christmas my fish store gave to me...
ten leaf fish leaping, nine knife fish cutting, eight wands a bubbling, seven sword tails swimming, six live plants, FIVE NEON RAINBOWS, four floating thermometers, three trapdoor snails, two wooden air stones, and a fish tank with a really great stand.
On the 11th day of Christmas my fish store gave to me...
eleven pounds of gravel, ten leaf fish leaping, nine knife fish cutting, eight wands a bubbling, seven sword tails swimming, six live plants, FIVE NEON RAINBOWS, four floating thermometers, three trapdoor snails, two wooden air stones, and a fish tank with a really great stand.
On the 12th day of Christmas my fish store gave to me...
a bill for 1200 dollars, eleven pounds of gravel, ten leaf fish leaping, nine knife fish cutting, eight wands a bubbling, seven sword tails swimming, six live plants, FIVE NEON RAINBOWS, four floating thermometers, three trapdoor snails, two wooden air stones, AND A FISH TANK WITH A REALLY GREAT STAND.
SO, what kind of fishy stuff did you get for Christmas??