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PostPosted: Mon Jun 04, 2007 6:37 pm Post subject: Help on setting up my first aquarium! Reply with quote

 Hi  Guys,
  Firstly  I  would  like  to  congratulate  you  guys  on  the  awesome  site!  Really  helpful  for  beginners  like  me  &  i'm  sure  its  the  same  for  the  enthusiasts  too.  
  I'm  going  about  setting  up  my  first  tank.  I  have  done  a  lot  of   read  ups  on  the  net  about  fishkeeping/Cycling/Nitrogen  cycle/Filtration,  etc  but  need  some  help/clarification  regarding  my  setup.  Hope  you  guys  are  kind  enough  to  oblige  Smile
  My  tank  size  is  18"  (Length)  X  9"  X  9".  I  know  the  size  is  less  than  the  lowest  recommended  but  I  have  space  constraints  &  budget  constarints  Sad  I'm  only  
 planning  to  keep  2  pairs  of  live  bearers  after  the  tank  has  cycled.  Once  I  'm  comfortable  &  learn  the  basics  I  plan  to  move  on  to  a  bigger  setup  with  plants.
  I  have  purchased  a  Dophin  KF-350  Internal  submersible  filter  with  a  capacity  of  190  Liters/Hour  from  my  LFS  along  with  my  tank.  It  says  on  the  box  that  it  has  all  three  forms  of  filtration(Bio,Mech,  Chem),  though  I'm  doubtful  as  all  I  can  see  is  a  foam  like  structure  inside.  Will  this  filter  suffice  my  filtration  &  aeration  needs?   I  understand  Bio  filter(bacteria)  take  time  to  grow  but  do  I  need  any  additional  chemical  filter?  I  don't  plan  on  using  an  air  pump/air  stones.
  I'm  suing  2"  of  Gravel  (Marble  chips)  purchased  from  my  LFS  and  don't  plan  on  using  any  plants,  though  might  try  &  get  some  floating  plants  later  on  if  &  when  I  
 find  it  in  any  store(which  I  haven't  yet)!
  I'm  in  a  conundrum  on  which  water  to  use.  Cauvery  water  or  borewell?  My  borewell  water  is  slightly  brackish  in  nature  but  my  LFS  guy  says  it  should  be  fine.  What  do  you  guys  suggest?  If  I  need  to  use  Cauvery/Tap  water  do  I  need  to  use  a  Chlorine  remover?  My  LFS  guy  says  all  you  need  to  do  is  to  keep  the  water  for  24  Hours  before  
 introducing  into  the  tank,  which  will  remove  most  of  the  Cl.
  I'm  using  a  canopy  fitted  by  my  LFS  guy  with  a  Hitachi  10  Watt  Aquarium  Light  with  Ballast  on  the  outside.  Will  this  suffice,  as  I  don't  plan  to  use  any  plants?  What  should  the  ideal  distance  between  the  Water  level  of  the  aquarium  &  the  canopy  be  or  is  that  immaterial?
  Also  need  some  help  regarding  starting  fish  for  cycling.  Will  Black  Molly  or  Guppies  do?  Plan  on  introducing  a  single  pair  and  watching  their  progress  for  45  days  before  introducing  my  next  pair.
  How  often  do  i  need  to  do  partial  water  changes,  as  its  a  small  volume  aquarium?  I  hear  that  30-40%  per  week  should  be  adequate  for  the  first  few  weeks  after  which  i  can  bring  it  down  to  20-30%.
  Wow  sure  had  a  lot  of  queries  for  you  guys.  I  sure  hope  you  guys  can  help  me  out  with  my  first  aquarium  set  up  &  soon  I’ll  be  on  my  way  to  be  an  expert,  err  some  years  down  the  line!
 
 Thanks     Smile  !
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 04, 2007 7:02 pm Post subject: Re: Help on setting up my first aquarium! Reply with quote

 Use  Cauvery  water.  The  internal  filter  will  be  too  big  for  your  tank.
 
 As  you  are  keeping  a  few  livebearers  only  exchange  that  for  a  corner  box  filter  and  airpump.
 
 Change  about  20%  water  daily  for  the  first  week  then  go  easier  on  the  water  changes  to  alternate  days,  and  further.
 
 You  don't  need  any  chemical  filtration  etc.,
 
 Try  to  change  the  gravel  to  plain  river  gravel  -  the  LFS  call  it  golden  sand,  and  do  not  add  more  than  an  inch  of  gravel.
 
 Rest  are  as  you  say  immaterial.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 04, 2007 7:08 pm Post subject: Re: Help on setting up my first aquarium! Reply with quote

 Hi  Sbkv,
 
 Welcome  to  IAH.  Thumb Up  First  of  all  introduce  your  self  with  us.  Like  your  name,  location  etc  because  we  dont  like  to  call  people  by  thier  login  id.  Smile  
 
 Comming  to  your  queries  :
 
 In  my  opinion  you  dont  need  any  additional  filter  for  your  tank.  Your  Dophin  KF-350  filter  will  do  the  job.
 
 If  you  are  going  to  use  your  corporation  water,  then  using  anti  chlorine  medicine/media  is  must  and  if  you  are  going  to  introduce  the  filsh  after  24  hrs,  then  you  dont  have  to  use  any  anti  chlorine  medicice,  but  @  the  time  of  water  change  you  have  to  use  anti  chlorine.  Thumb Up
 
 Your  lighting  is  ok,  keep  atleast  3"  distance.
 
 You  can  start  with  Black  Sailfin  Mollies,  Guppies,  Platies,  Sword  Tails  etc.
 
 30  to  40%  water  changes  is  good  on  weekly  basis.
 
 Thanks  &  Good  Luck  ..........  Thumb Up   Thumb Up   Thumb Up
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 04, 2007 7:10 pm Post subject: Re: Help on setting up my first aquarium! Reply with quote

 Yes,  I  agree  with  Madan  for  internal  filter,  use  any  conrner  box  filter  which  runs  with  the  help  of  Airpump.
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