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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-28-2012, 02:58 PM Thread Starter
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Getting Restarted

Well its been 3 years since I last visited this site and had to leave behind my fishtank after a nasty breakup.

I want to return to the tank scene but the only stores around me where I am now is Petco, Petsmart, and the dreaded Walmart if u can even call that a petstore. I could drive the almost 3 hours to OKC if a store is really worth while.

Well lets start off with the simple stuff. Any cool less then 20 gallon fish tanks out there good for plants with simple mods or right off the bat? I do have a cat so must have lid.

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You can have amazing tanks in the 20 or less gallon range Do not fret! A 20L (30x13x12) is the perfect size for a small planted tank!! You can have any number of great looking fish in this tank as well. Petco sells 20L for $42, I bought 2 of them yesterday (they are rare around here!). Petsmart now even has some new "bagged" plants that look really great, including hairgrass, small crypts, etc. Great for what you want.

I also have cats, and the best solution I have found was to use ceiling light egg crates (plastic grid type sheet), cut them to size, cut out accessory holes and thats it! You give your tank ventilation while protecting it from your cats.

You have a wide range of options for fish, plants, rocks and driftwood. Get the tank that you like, and then take it from there
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I agree a 20 long would be a great tank to get you going with. dont need overkill on the lights staying lower light keeps you from needing CO2. The swap and shop forum on this site offers some great deals on plants and sometimes on equipment. I have a petco by me fortunately the guy running the aquatic section is a fish guys too so they actually have a pretty decent selection, however they can also order things for you if they dont have them in stock. Just need to ask about it. Lots and lots of options just take your time and im sure youll have an awesome tank setup in no time.
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Buy the tank from the LPS. Not worth the shipping charges or resultant possible damage.

As for equipment, the internet has anything you want. Check out the sales/trade section on this website if you're okay with that.
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+2 on the 20 long. That is a great tank to get back into the hobby with, just a great size overall for fish and for plants. I recommend shopping on this forum for plants as they are the best quality because they are from other fishtank people.

I would also recommend considering dirt(with a cap) in your tank. No co2, very limited/no ferts, and low to medium light. Check out "dustinsfishtanks" on youtube. Great growth (the dirt) with very little maintainance.

And lastly, I would consider ordering your fish from a website or possibly find a local breeder. Websites like wetspot, aquabid, live aquaria, or msjinkzd, a member on this forum that sells great fish. These fish easily beat the quality of almost all local petshops and it is worth it even though the shipping is a lot.

Good luck, and keep us posted!
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-28-2012, 08:53 PM Thread Starter
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When I was still in NY I would make trips to visit That Fish Place in Pennsylvania. As far as google searching there isnt anything like that around where I am.

I used to trade before they had the trader function thing on this forum when I was raising my cherries and my swords which grew amazing in a 15 gallon high. at the time I was merely interested in my black veil angels and scaping my plants, my ex was the one that did the watson dosing method, he was quite the researcher. I am not so much. I am far from a noob when coming to tanks but I am quite the novice.

I am in a small apartment and room is limited. So I want to put the tank on my small dresser which will be turned into fish storage. Its dimensions are small at 12"x24". Thus I cant fit the 20 long unfortunately. So I am thinking either a 10, try to find another 15 tall, or perhaps go "nano" with an 8.

Doubt I will go cherries again, Angelfish and Rasboras are my favorite fishies.

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