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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 12-12-2014, 09:57 PM Thread Starter
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Starting up a new 55 gal tank

Just received a 55gal tank that had been sitting at my work in the basement for over a year(for free) came with the following;
Bulb hoods(non LED and they work!)
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Not sure what to get for the filters, substrate and heaters. Can you guys give me some suggestions on what to get? Please link each suggestion or post the URL, if you could please.

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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 12-12-2014, 10:45 PM
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A few different factors can affect the recommendations, such as budget and stock. If you plan to have a lot of fish, then an Eheim 2217 would probably be a good option. Lightly stocked and you'd be fine with an
AquaClear 70 AquaClear 70
, maybe even two. For a heater, I would go with the
Eheim Jager 150w Eheim Jager 150w
, hard to beat Eheim quality. As for substrate, i'll let someone else make those recommendations. Enjoy the new project!

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A few different factors can affect the recommendations, such as budget and stock. If you plan to have a lot of fish, then an Eheim 2217 would probably be a good option. Lightly stocked and you'd be fine with an AquaClear 70, maybe even two. For a heater, I would go with the Eheim Jager 150w, hard to beat Eheim quality. As for substrate, i'll let someone else make those recommendations. Enjoy the new project!
Thanks.. I'm running on a tight budget. I dont plan on having many fish, just some harlequin rasboras and some neon and black neon tetras, that's about it.
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Depends whatcha planning to do with the 55g.

Planted? Certain biotope? Nice scape? Also ~budget?

++ welcome to TPT, but believe you posted in wrong section if you won't keep much inverts.

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Depends whatcha planning to do with the 55g.

Planted? Certain biotope? Nice scape? Also ~budget?

++ welcome to TPT, but believe you posted in wrong section if you won't keep much inverts.

No, the focal point will be shrimp and that's why I posted in this subforum specifically. Going with cherries, but the fish statement was in response to the "how much stock in the tank" comment/question. I plan to have harlequins, black and normal neon tetras in the tank cruising around.

I'm thinking I may go planted, I have some amazon swords in my other tank that are going strong and may have some in this one. I'm honestly not sure overall the theme of the tank.. just trying to figure out the base equipment first then build up from there, if that makes sense? Havent had a 55 gallon in a long time and the last time I was dumb and just had turtles in it.. big mistake.

(edit) Budget, my father's getting this for me (christmas present), so I'm trying to keep my budget to around $120 area. Anything above that I'll slowly add to the tank as I get the funds.

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No, the focal point will be shrimp and that's why I posted in this subforum specifically. Going with cherries, but the fish statement was in response to the "how much stock in the tank" comment/question. I plan to have harlequins, black and normal neon tetras in the tank cruising around.

I'm thinking I may go planted, I have some amazon swords in my other tank that are going strong and may have some in this one. I'm honestly not sure overall the theme of the tank.. just trying to figure out the base equipment first then build up from there, if that makes sense? Havent had a 55 gallon in a long time and the last time I was dumb and just had turtles in it.. big mistake.

(edit) Budget, my father's getting this for me (christmas present), so I'm trying to keep my budget to around $120 area. Anything above that I'll slowly add to the tank as I get the funds.

Also, thank you for the welcome.. have browsed here for years.
Should've signed up a while ago.
As you know Neos are the much more hardier shrimp and can thrive in most conditions. No special gravel is needed so in this case we can opt for the cheapest gravel, just make sure it doesn't leech color or something.

If it's bulbs I'm guessing it's t8 bulbs, fat tube ones that you see in warehouses/shoplights. Not the best light but will definitely grow low light plants easily such as mosses which is basically a must for shrimp. There's many other low light plants, but a mixture of moss/anubias is efficient/nice/and not expensive.

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Hey boss I've been keeping shrimp and fish for a few years now and live here in Laramie. I've got a whole room of stuff that we can use to get you set up and running.
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Hey boss I've been keeping shrimp and fish for a few years now and live here in Laramie. I've got a whole room of stuff that we can use to get you set up and running.
Nice Dude.

And you guys are right.. I should have joined years ago. think it was 2012 when I stumbled on this site.

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Hey boss I've been keeping shrimp and fish for a few years now and live here in Laramie. I've got a whole room of stuff that we can use to get you set up and running.
Shot you a PM yesterday.. hit me up this week when/if you're free.

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