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    Does anybody have any knowledge/advice on setting up a tropical fish tank?

    Looking at setting up one in our lounge, thinking a juwel rekord 800 aquarium with a community of angelfish, gourami and black widow tetra.

    I've read the obvious, get the tank set up first for 7-10 days before getting fish and stock slowly, but any advice is greatly appreciated

    Thanks in advance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eashton View Post
    Does anybody have any knowledge/advice on setting up a tropical fish tank?

    Looking at setting up one in our lounge, thinking a juwel rekord 800 aquarium with a community of angelfish, gourami and black widow tetra.

    I've read the obvious, get the tank set up first for 7-10 days before getting fish and stock slowly, but any advice is greatly appreciated

    Thanks in advance.
    m8 before you start have a read of this, i followed it to a T and my tank stats are perfect

    http://www.firsttankguide.net/cycle.php

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    Set the tank up and then let it condition by using a few Goldfish use a water preparation to remove the flouride / chlorine and if you have the patience some live plants these will do more to acclimatise the water than anything really. The goldfish will take the warmer water of the tropicals so they can share the environment if the aquarium shop won't buy them back off you when you are getting the exotics.

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    As I discovered when I had a tank, try and put it in a spot where it's out of direct sunlight -I had all kinds of issues with algae.

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    Fishless cycling is the best thing you can do. The nitrite/nitrate and ammonia levels will spike and will cause pain and discomfort and possibly death to the fish, even hardy goldfish.
    There are many cycling products available that do a good job. Get a testing kit too so you can see when its safe to add fish.
    I know a few people who swear by cycling with hardy fish but with the technology we have now there is no need to cause suffering.
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    Try this site too mate I found it very helpful.
    www.thetropicaltank.co.uk


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    Thanks guys, your advise is greatly appreciated.

    The tank will be located out of direct sunlight, draft and away radiators etc and close to an electric socket.

    I'm thinking of using spring water for the tank as there is a free source not a million miles away, as this what my mates dad does as he couldn't get the balance right with tap water. Anybody else do this? Is it a good/bad idea?

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    The crucial thing with the water is the pH level. A good pH is around the 7.2 mark. If that spring water is near that then fine. You will need to do a fishless cycle as already stated, for at least 6 weeks. Put some live plants into the tank when you set it up. Get some ammonia from the chemist and add a small amount to the aquarium water every few days (depends on the volume of tank as to how much you use). This replicates there being fish in there. Get yourself a good test kit. Use it a couple of times a week to check your water condition. After several weeks, you should start to see the ammonia, nitrite and nitrate levels start to drop. The ideal readings will be; Water pH 7.2, Ammonia 0, nitrites 0 and in the early weeks/months, a nitrate reading of 0. Once your tank is cycled and you have had fish in for a little while, a good reading to get for nitrates is around 10 to 15. The reason this is good is the filter (which will by now be a superbly balanced eco-system) will be doing a good job of turning the ammonia and nitrites into less harmful nitrates, so if you have a reading of 10/15, you know the filter is doing a good job as there will ALWAYS be nitrates. Setting up a tank takes patients and dedication. If you walk into a fish supplier and say "Can I have 10 of them Mollies please..." and his response is, "no problem, there you go..." then walk out of the shop. If on the other hand he asks you, "Can I ask how long the tank has been set up, and do you have live plants in there. How many...." stick to that supplier, he is a good one, even better if he says, "with all respect sir, I won't sell you them unless I test a sample of your water, which i will do free of charge...".

    Good luck with it mate. If you need any advice I'm happy to help.

    Here's a pic of my main tank

    [SIGPIC]VX<font color=Red>R</font> with added Courtenay <img src=https://www.vectra-c.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.png border=0 alt= title=Big Grin class=inlineimg />

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    Cheers Gary

    I think I've found a couple of good local aquatics places. The tank I'm looking at is approx 110 litres. I'll ask my mates dad more about the spring water.

    Also, I do plan on having real plants in the tank.

    Do I still have to cycle the tank if I'm not planning on stocking the tank all at once? As I am planning on only adding a 3-4 fish every 1-2 months.
    Last edited by eashton; 21st May 2010 at 17:56.

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    You really do need live plants in there. They too assist in removing the nasties from the water as they use them as food.
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