Hobby # 3175 - checking in

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  1. Minerva10210

    Minerva10210

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    Hi guys

    Thought I'd register an account so long. I've only actually floated (haha) around for a week or so to date, but I reckon I've read quite a few interesting tidbits already that will help a lot in my decision making and ultimately my purchases I am hoping to start soon.

    As you can gauge from the above, I actually don't have anything yet, but have started the homework. Not sure if the colleague I work with is a member here, but the interest was tickled after a random discussion with him. I've always admired aquariums, but never really actually bit the bullet to start with it.

    I am thinking of starting off with a 2 or 3 footer, with some "starter fish" like guppies, and a plant or two. From an equipment perspective, I'll just grab a random Eheim heater and Sobo internal pump/filter combo and see how that goes. Mainly to see if it is something that will stick, and the lightie has shown an interest as well when we went past the aquarium at the PTA zoo a while ago, and again after a random walk-through of a LPS.

    Cheers!
     
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  3. TheGrissom

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    Welcome and hello:thumbup:. Larger water volume is better as its more stable. Its also more work so its a trade off although the difference between a 3ft and 2ft in terms of work isnt much. Just be sure to cycle you filter properly before adding fish.
     
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    rednox CA Cichlids

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    Welcome to TASA .

    Very good call on the eheim heater great product. Lot's of great idea's and info here on TASA.

    Enjoy and let the adventure begin.
     
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    Hi and welcome to TASA.

    Have to agree with @TheGrissom on bigger is better. Same goes for plants, the more you get the better in the long run. Fish feels more secure and they help a lot with eating up the bad stuff. No need to break the bank, with a plant substrate, as you don't need it for basic low tech plants.

    Very happy to hear that you have done your homework beforehand. Also good that you have a colleugge that can assist you.

    ps. We need foto's of the new aquarium as soon as it has water in it.

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    Minerva10210

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    Thanks guys.

    Yeah, I like to do a bit of homework before diving into things, although I am burning to get going haha :) So much so, I may even start with some water + prime + pump in a tote so that the water can get going on the nitrate cycle at least!

    I did a bit of measuring of various surfaces last night at home to see where/what I can use to put the tank on, the one I decided on is unfortunately just shy to fit a 3footer - 870mm, so I reckon its going to be a 2ft tank, unless if there are 2.5-2.75ft tanks easily available?
     
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    What if you bought a second hand stand to fir a 3foot tank maybe? Then in theory, you could put it anywhere. I don't know what people are selling but I'm sure there must be someone selling even a basic metal stand
     
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    Pezulu Moderator Comp Coordinator

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    Hi, and welcome to TASA.
    A 2ft tank is plenty big enough to start off with.

    You could even be naughty, and get 2 x 45 litre tanks, with measurements of 45 x 32 x 32.
    The only downside would be having to double up on components, but most members would agree that it isn't a bad thing.
    You're just starting with MTS a bit early.
    In the one you could keep your beginner fish, and shrimp in the other.
    Particularly in fishkeeping, there is always a solution to a non-existent problem.
     
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    There are dedicated steel stands as @T. Guppy says that are an option? I have an empty 40l tank that I can't set up until I find something suitable for it as well- frustrating!

    You can sometimes find 2.5ft tanks, as well as curved corner Chinese tanks at other sizes. Consider your lighting though as 'odd' sizes will rule out some fittings, although some are adjustable.
    The more research the better!
     
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    Minerva10210

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    So I umm started my water cycle so long

    You'll excuse my 4yo's toys for now please? [​IMG]

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    Good to see your taking baby steps in the cycle prosess

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    Hi @Minerva10210 and welcome to TASA

    Good that you are researching beforehand and cycling the tank
    All best
     

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