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PostPosted: Fri Mar 07, 2008 2:53 am Post subject: Starting new tank. Reply with quote

 Hi,  
 
 I  am  srinu  from  hyderabad.  I  establishing  a  new  tank  with  18"  9"  9"  measurements.  can  i  use  either  tap  water  or  mineral  water?  specify  the  starter  fish.can  i  use  cat  fish  as  starter  fish.How  many  fish  i  can  keep  in  starting.
   I  want  to  plant  the  tank.  what  are  the  easy  growing  plants  with  low  light  and  with  out  co2  and  fertilisers.  specify  the  lighting.is  it  sufficient  the  10  watts  cfl  bulb
   I  had  a  4watts  sponge  filter,  is  it  ok.  seniors  please  clarify  my  doubts.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 07, 2008 8:42 am Post subject: Re: Starting new tank. Reply with quote

 welcome  to  IAH,  please  read  all  the  relevant  old  posts  on  new  tanks.  all  our  questions  will  be  answered  there.
 
 Tap  water  is  fine  provided  it  has  no  chlorine.  go  for  live  beareres  like  guppies,  mollies,  sword  tails  and  platies.  dont  overstock  the  tank.
 
 plants  wont  grow  well  in  such  low  wattage,  try  and  visit
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 07, 2008 10:20 am Post subject: Re: Starting new tank. Reply with quote

 Hey  Srinu,
 Welcome.....with  the  wealth  of  info  on  this  site,  I  suggest  you  read,  read  and  read  some  more  before  making  any  moves  regarding  your  tank....livebearers  (mollies,  guppies  etc)  are  definintely  the  way  to  go  for  a  new  setup.  Try  and  do  a  DIY  pll  top,  I  doubt  you're  going  to  get  much  growth  with  a  10  Watt  CFL.  
 Read  up  on  substrate,  cycling,  filtration  and  the  different  kinds  of  plants  and  they  formulate  a  systematic  plan  as  to  how  you  want  to  go  about  doing  up  your  aquarium.
 All  the  best
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 07, 2008 2:41 pm Post subject: Re: Starting new tank. Reply with quote

 Hi  Srini,
 
 Besides  the  points  mentioned  above,  please  revise  your  tank  size  to  atleast  24"x12"x12".  As  a  golden  rule,  always  make  sure  that  the  tank  you  are  going  to  have  is  the  biggest  you  can  afford.
 
 Contrary  to  popular  belief,  a  small  tank  is  not  maintenance  friendly.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 07, 2008 2:48 pm Post subject: Re: Starting new tank. Reply with quote

 Agree  wit  Suraj  100%  The  bigger  the  tank  is  ......  problem  will  be  much  less.  Smaller  tank  is  much  problem  maker....  specially  at  beginner  stage.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 07, 2008 3:40 pm Post subject: Re: Starting new tank. Reply with quote

 HI  Srini,
 
 Agree  with  all  of  them.  Maintaining  a  small  tank  is  a  pain  in  the  wrong  place.
 
          I  have  a  similar  sized  tank  which  is  housing  shrimps  and  bumble  bee  gobies.  Not  realy  sure  with  platies  and  molliesas  I  think  the  tank  will  be  small  for  them.  Guess  you  can  keep  Boraras  sp.  ,  galaxy  rasbaro's  or  shrimps(Speciestank)  in  the  above  specified  tank...
 
         Coming  to  plants,  you  could  probably  have  sucess  with  hair  grass  or  HC.  Again  it  will  be  difficult  to  grow  them.  Moss,  pelia  and  some  floaters  would  look  good  in  this  setup.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 07, 2008 5:35 pm Post subject: Re: Starting new tank. Reply with quote

 Hi  Surya,
 
 The  fishes  and  plants  you  have  mentioned  are  not  exactly  for  beginners.
 Just  my  opinion.
 
 I  think  he  should  try  with  the  fishes  pradeep  has  suggested  with  the  tank  size  that  Suraj  has  suggested.
 
 Srinu,
 
 Plants  to  grow  without  co2  and  minimal  lights  are  fox  tail  or  Hydrilla.  They  will  also  provide  hiding  places  for  the  Guppy  and  Mollie's  fry.
 
 Rgards,
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 07, 2008 10:59 pm Post subject: Re: Starting new tank. Reply with quote

 HI  Nayak,
 
 Thats  the  reason  I  had  mentioned  that  the  plants  are  difficult  to  grow.
 
 Yes,  the  fish  list  might  be  a  difficult  choice  for  a  beginner,  but  how  about  shrimps?
 
 Suggested  moss  and  pelia  as  there  are   easily  available  with  hobbiest  and  easy  to  maintain.  
 
 Wont  foxtail  and  hydrilla  be  too  big  for  the  tank  size  mentioned  above?
 
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 07, 2008 11:10 pm Post subject: Re: Starting new tank. Reply with quote

 best  for  beginners  are  molies  ,swordtail,  guppies................  and  learn  to  more  in  tis................   Thumb Up
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 09, 2008 1:33 am Post subject: Re: Starting new tank. Reply with quote

 Hi  friends,
 
    Thank  you  very  much  for  your  valueble  advises.  I  am  planning  to  introduce   pair  og  guppys  to  my  new  tank.  can  i  use  cfl  bulb?
 
 what  is  the  pll?
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 09, 2008 4:11 am Post subject: Re: Starting new tank. Reply with quote

 what  do  you  mean....  pll  or  ph????  ROFL
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 09, 2008 9:31 am Post subject: Re: Starting new tank. Reply with quote

 Hi  Shrinu,
 
 Go  for  a  trio  of  Guppies  or  mollies.  One  male  two  females.  
 
 Either  CFL  or  PLL  will  do  for  the  your  plants.  But  Pll  is  a  bit  costlier.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 09, 2008 1:28 pm Post subject: Re: Starting new tank. Reply with quote

 Hi  Shrinu
 
    Pll  is  another  form  of  power  saving  lamp,  as  seen  in  the  photograph.  With  a  PLL  you  will  have  to  use  a  ballast  also.  CFL  can  be  directly  used.  
    You  can  use  two  8W  CFLs  or  a  single  PLL  for  your  tank  of  13W.  As  Rasik  has  already  mentioned  Pll  Will  be  slightly  more  expensive,  but  will  be  a  better  light  source  as  compared  to  a  CFL.
    Agree  with  suraj  Keep  the  tank  if  possible  at  24"  *  12"  *  12".  Using  meneral  water  might  not  be  cost  effective  instead  get  a  good  dechlorinator  and  use  normal  tap  water.  Mollies  are  the  best  starter  fish.  
      The  plants  you  can  use  are  mosses,  ferns,  Anubias  etc  
 
 Hope  this  helps!
 
 Regards
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