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Old 12-20-2012, 08:19 AM   #1
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Hi I'm from the Pacific NW. I just started to put together a 20 gallon long aquarium. The first fish I have in there is a female betta. I just added three dalmation mollies (2-females, 1-male) yesterday.

I'm glad to be here and ready to learn new ideas to maintain and enjoy this aquarium.
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Old 12-20-2012, 08:57 AM   #2
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Hi, flip! Welcome to the FF! Is this your first aquarium? Be careful...it can become an addiction, fast! Jusk ask some of the members...
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20 gal; well planted
2 angelfish
4 cherrybarbs
5 cardinal tetras
1 dwarf gourami
3 oto catfish
1 bristlenose pleco
1 crown tail betta
2 rasboras
1 cory cat
a few shrimp
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Old 12-20-2012, 09:02 AM   #3
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Originally Posted by C. King View Post
Hi, flip! Welcome to the FF! Is this your first aquarium? Be careful...it can become an addiction, fast! Jusk ask some of the members...
Hi C. King,

Yes it is I am already planning to get a few more fish in the coming weeks!

Thanks,

Flip
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  • 1 - Female Betta
  • 3 - Dalmatian Mollies (1-Male, 2-Females)
  • 5 - Silver Tip Tetras
  • 3 - Dalmatian Molly Fry
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Old 12-20-2012, 09:05 AM   #4
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Default Youtube video of my fish

Check it out!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VvJin...ature=youtu.be



I took this video yesterday.
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  • 1 - Female Betta
  • 3 - Dalmatian Mollies (1-Male, 2-Females)
  • 5 - Silver Tip Tetras
  • 3 - Dalmatian Molly Fry

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Old 12-20-2012, 09:25 AM   #5
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Nice! But before adding more fish, be sure it has cycled properly--don't want any ammonia spikes!
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2 angelfish
4 cherrybarbs
5 cardinal tetras
1 dwarf gourami
3 oto catfish
1 bristlenose pleco
1 crown tail betta
2 rasboras
1 cory cat
a few shrimp
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Old 12-20-2012, 09:27 AM   #6
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Originally Posted by C. King View Post
Nice! But before adding more fish, be sure it has cycled properly--don't want any ammonia spikes!
Ok, so what is a proper 'cycle'?
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Old 12-20-2012, 09:49 AM   #7
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When you first set up a tank, you wait a few weeks, testing the water for ammonia, ph, nitrites, nitrates. At first, nitrites will be very high--those are fish killers. But as the water matures,good bacteria grows that change the nitrites into nitrates (more acceptable to fish within certain levels). When these stay the same for a while, you have a cycled tank. With a new tank, it is important to add fish gradually, testing the water to be sure the new fish waste, etc., don't overwhelm the good bacteria and drive up the nitrites. This may take a week or so per new fish. Later, as the tank matures and grows a good stock of bacteria, it wont be so touchy. Also, never change out the filter material, without keeping some of the old floss or bioballs to retain the bacteria, or you could accidentally cause your tank to cycle again. So many beginners, not knowing this, get excited and overwhelm their tanks. These are the people who, sadly, will tell me they tried fishtanks, just can't quite succeed, because its too hard to keep the fish alive.
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2 angelfish
4 cherrybarbs
5 cardinal tetras
1 dwarf gourami
3 oto catfish
1 bristlenose pleco
1 crown tail betta
2 rasboras
1 cory cat
a few shrimp
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Old 12-20-2012, 09:51 AM   #8
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oh, and you can jumpstart your nitrogen cycle, by borrowing some used filter material from a friend with a tank, and add it to your filter.
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20 gal; well planted
2 angelfish
4 cherrybarbs
5 cardinal tetras
1 dwarf gourami
3 oto catfish
1 bristlenose pleco
1 crown tail betta
2 rasboras
1 cory cat
a few shrimp

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Old 12-20-2012, 11:38 AM   #9
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welcome to ff and welcome to the world of looking after you new best friends
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