Setting up your new Aquarium Freshwater Basics. Choose the largest aquarium Choose gravel : just a ¼” for the bottom (Undergravel filters need about 2”). A thick gravel bed will cause ammonia problems.
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A new aquarium needs patience and time to establish itself. A new freshwater tank takes 45-60 days before it cycles through. A saltwater tank can tank up to 8 weeks.
Bio Spira and Cycle will help introduce new beneficial bacteria to a new tank. If no bacteria is used the new tank may become cloudy a few days after set up.
Make certain you have all the filter media you need to get it running!
1/2 -1 pound of gravel per gallon of aquarium with outside or canister filter.
Let heater stay unplugged to 30 minutes anytime it has been removed from water and placed back in.
These are two excellent dechlorinators.
Answer: The aquarium is going thru a cycling process known as the Nitrogen Cycle. This occurs in new tanks and tanks that have recently had major water changes.
Solution: Adding Bio Spira or Cycle will help. Do not overfeed or overpopulate a new tank.
Answer: This is most likely a disease known as ick. Fast temperature change or stressful environment can bring this on.
Solution: Ick medicine and making sure your tank water is good. Make certain heater is working and keeping the temperature stable.
Answer: Commom on fish with injuries or poor water quality. Other fish picking on them is also a cause.
Solution: Several products treat this: Fungus Cure,
Mar Oxy or Triple Sulfa
Answer:Medicines take several treatments and fish heal slowly. Also, make certain there is no charcoal (carbon filters). These will absorb the medication.
All these fish should be fed a variety of foods.
Flake foods and frozen.
Platy: Livebearers: little salt
This salt is good for most freshwater fish
1. What kind of tank do you have?
Freshwater or Saltwater
This allows us to know how many
fish can be in the tank.
3.What other fish do you have?
This allows us to help you make good decisions
when buying fish. (Aggressive, Community, etc.)
4. What kind of filtration do you have?
This allows us to know if you have adequate filtration for your tank.
New tanks cannot handle many new fish. A freshwater tank is considered new for about the first 45-60 days. During this time the tank environment is changing rapidly and can stress fish. Many tanks will become cloudy during this time because of an rapid growth and dying of bacteria.
Saltwater tanks can take up to 8 weeks to age properly. During this time the tank can become murky and brown algae growth can be substantial.
SW – up to 8 weeks
How long is our saltwater guarantee? Freshwater?
Answer: We have a very limited saltwater guarantee but talk to a supervisor to help with the situation.
Freshwater is a conditional 7 day guarantee.
Fish cannot be chewed, must have receipt.
Is this an aggressive, semi aggressive or community fish?
Gold Gourami – semi aggressive
African Clawed Frog: semi-aggressive
Convict Cichlid: Aggressive
Tiger Barbs: semi- aggressive
Dwarf Gourami: community
Jack Demsey: Aggressive
Brackish water fish are somewhere between fresh and salt. They come from rivers that have salt water in them and also freshwater. Which of these fish are brackish?
Knight Goby: brackish
Red Chromide: Brackish
Dalmatian Molly: sometimes
Mono Dact: Brackish
Neons or Cardninals: bad
Zebra Danios: good
Dalmatian Molly : good
Platy : Good
Damsel: good but aggressive
Pink Skunk Clown: Okay but not real hardy
Can you tell the difference between male or female on these pictures?
Boy George: ?
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