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We are setting up a small (10 gallon) fish tank in our living room to surprise our daughter when she gets back from her vacation with grandma and grandpa. Do any of you all have a fish tank? Do you have any advice, tips, etc? Anything we should know?

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We bought our daughter a salt water fish tank about two years ago and we love it. We take a small sample of water to Aquatropics about once a month and they test it and tell us if we need anything.  They were also very helpful with picking the right fish and creatures that live well together. 

My best advice is don't overfeed.

 

We have a 10 gallon fish tank that we bought as a kit.  I have found that the Tetra fish seem to get along well and last a while.  They come in multiple types and there are even neon glowing-type Tetras.

I would recommend making sure that all fish food ends up in the tank during feeding and to clean off any stray food.  I found out the hard way that it tends to mold very quickly. 

 

I second this advice!


Christine Gregory said:

My best advice is don't overfeed.

 

I suggest reading up on the nitrogen cycle. It will be helpful for you to understand the process taking place during the first month or so. I wouldn't purchase anything too expensive until you've gotten your tank fully cycled. I second that Aquatropics is knowledgeable and helpful. Best of luck!

If you buy a sucker fish, don't keep the tank too clean....it'll die if it doesn't have algae to eat (I learned that lesson the hard way :D)

Aquatropics is wonderful and they will give you tons of advice.

Signed up because I wanted to reply to this thread, there were other's in the past but this one made me take the leap lol.

With a 10 gallon tank you don't have a whole lot to worry about. The fish are going to be small, the filtration will be simple. I would recommend guppies in a smaller tank because they are social fish, they have a myriad of colors and you can have a few more of them due to their size. They have offspring regularly too so you can hook your friends up with some. They have some fish with a Mickey Mouse design in their tails, they breed them that way lol. Have fun with it, but beware it get's to be a busy and expensive hobby. I find  it quite addicting :)

So far the girls are LOVING the fish tank. We did have one fish that didn't make it, but it wasn't acting right from the minute we put it in the tank. Aubrey was pretty upset, but we told her that fish don't last forever. Quick question for you all since you all have given me some great tips...how often do we add the water conditioner? Just as needed when we have the water tested or regularly?

Without seeing the product it is hard to say because we don't know what you are trying to condition. There are several products out there that claim to do this, that and the other.What kinds of fish did you end up with? What product are you referring to?

Stacy Fournier said:

So far the girls are LOVING the fish tank. We did have one fish that didn't make it, but it wasn't acting right from the minute we put it in the tank. Aubrey was pretty upset, but we told her that fish don't last forever. Quick question for you all since you all have given me some great tips...how often do we add the water conditioner? Just as needed when we have the water tested or regularly?

Right now we have two guppies, one of those Mickey fish, and three tetras. We also have a snail. The conditioner we bought is called Kordon AmQuel Plus. It says it is an ammonia remover and also removed nitrates, nitrites, chlorine and chloramines.

Jack Russell said:

Without seeing the product it is hard to say because we don't know what you are trying to condition. There are several products out there that claim to do this, that and the other.What kinds of fish did you end up with? What product are you referring to?

Stacy Fournier said:

So far the girls are LOVING the fish tank. We did have one fish that didn't make it, but it wasn't acting right from the minute we put it in the tank. Aubrey was pretty upset, but we told her that fish don't last forever. Quick question for you all since you all have given me some great tips...how often do we add the water conditioner? Just as needed when we have the water tested or regularly?

Amquel is good stuff. It should have some directions on the bottle for suggested usage. I would recommend adding some at water changes. You don't want to remove more than 2 gallons of water at a time when doing that. Also if you fill a bowl/bucket with that 1.5-2 gallons for 2-3 days prior to the change and it will generally lose the chlorine content making it less damaging to the fish. You could add stress coat, but the Amquel basically does the same thing. Also a rounded teaspoon of salt (natural aquarium salt) per 5 gallons helps their gills. If you plan on having live plants you should reduce that to 1 per 10 gallons or none at all.Speak with the employee's at the store about your plant selection and whether they, or your fishies can tolerate the salt. They also sell a little test kit that you can use to test for the ammonia Nitrates, nitrites etc. It can be fun to get the kids involved with that. I would suggest using gloves as it does involve chemicals. You do not have to use the salts. Those fish are pretty hearty and do not require a whole lot. With tropicals I like using charcoal filters as it is a natural way to remove impurities and I suggest using live plants they go hand in hand and keep the fishies healthy and happy and leaves you with that much less to worry with.
You will find yourself with a larger aquarium in no time flat and then you can say I told ya so :)
Stacy Fournier said:

Right now we have two guppies, one of those Mickey fish, and three tetras. We also have a snail. The conditioner we bought is called Kordon AmQuel Plus. It says it is an ammonia remover and also removed nitrates, nitrites, chlorine and chloramines.

Jack Russell said:

Without seeing the product it is hard to say because we don't know what you are trying to condition. There are several products out there that claim to do this, that and the other.What kinds of fish did you end up with? What product are you referring to?

Stacy Fournier said:

So far the girls are LOVING the fish tank. We did have one fish that didn't make it, but it wasn't acting right from the minute we put it in the tank. Aubrey was pretty upset, but we told her that fish don't last forever. Quick question for you all since you all have given me some great tips...how often do we add the water conditioner? Just as needed when we have the water tested or regularly?

Don't make your husband clean the fishtank unless he truly knows how to. LOL. He cleaned ours for the first time when I got pregnant and was too big to move around. 30 minutes later all 8 fish were floating to the surface. I cried the whole night. Sorry for the sad story but it was a lesson learned. Tip: Don't clean tank with soap unless it is rinsed well afterwards.

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