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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-06-2015, 12:16 PM Thread Starter
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New hobbyist, need some advise.

Hello, I am very new to the aquarium world. 4 months ago I decided to buy my first aquarium, it is a Fluval Spec V I bought for cheap and have loved it. I have learned much just from looking through this forum and google. I have it stocked with 11 Green Neon Tetras and 8 Red Cherry Shrimp. I also have many plants including Brazilian Pennywort among others. I dose it with Co2 from Fluvals mini Co2 injector. The fish and shrimp are very happy and fat, and the pants thrive more than I could have imagined possible from water. (Mainly because i added a Fluval 13 watt florescent light) I am loving the hobby and have decided to go bigger (as many on these forums said I would once I got the fever haha). I went to Petco last week and picked up a Aqueon 40 gallon breeder and a 10 gallon quarantine tank for there dollar a gallon sale. Also picked up Aqueon 40 quiet flow power filter and and 10 model for the quarantine. I have ordered two perfecto glass covers that fit perfectly inside the rim along with a 150 watt Eheim heater and a 50 watt for the quarantine. I need some advise on my lighting because I want a planted tank but don't know much about led lights for bigger planted tanks. I have done some research and am very impressed with the features on the Finnex planted +24/7. Is this the best for plants? Should I get a matching model for my quarantine tank so that when I quarantine them, they have the same environment as the main tank? Also, I am completely stumped on what kind of fish and plants to stock it with, but am excited to finally be able to have some decent sized fish. Does this seem like a decent tank? Any input would be greatly appreciated. This is my first post so go easy on me. Haha
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-06-2015, 01:03 PM
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You could get away with the Finnex planted+ 24/7 without a doubt. I wouldn't go that far with the quarantine tank though. A simple CFL fixture would be enough. If you want something slim and sexy, a LED light is the way to go. If you want to use more florescent fixtures, something you are familiar with, there are plenty of lighting options with those. It really comes down to whether or not you are going with pressurized CO2 or not on this tank.

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lol I don't run a light on my QT tank. Quarantine should be bare minimum. Bare bottom, filter, heater, some decorations just to give fish places to hide. Then I'll throw in some floaters for additional places to hide.

Also if you have some decent sized fish you may need more filtration. Filters 'rated' for aquariums are usually not enough. For instance I run an AC50 on a 10 gallon aquarium. They claim it is enough for a 50g but that is a load of crap.

Do research on how far you want to go with the tank... high tech (with CO2, high light) or low tech (lower light, no CO2). Then determine what lights and plants you would want. It all totally depends. Also important is the substrate you choose.

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Welcome to the forum and the hobby! You just made a mistake I believe everyone in this hobby makes at one time or another. We buy a tank and then think about what we can do with it. We need to think of our tanks as life support systems for the plants and animals that we plan on keeping, and designing their home around their parameters. My advice to you is to figure out what it is that you're tying to accomplish, and designing a system to meet those goals. Also, always have a backup plan ready to go at a moments notice.

The quarantine tank is a great idea, this is part of always having a backup plan. I just wouldn't make it a smaller version of your display tank for several reasons. There is enough to keep you busy with this hobby, there is no need to add more work by doing maintenance on a QT tank. I would also keep the QT tank bare bottom so parasites and other nasties have nowhere to hide. Basically, I would keep it as a glass box with a filter, a heater, and cycled water.

On another note, neons require a tank of 10 gallons or more.

Best of luck!

Last edited by loach guy; 10-06-2015 at 01:23 PM. Reason: Klibs reminded me that tanks need heaters :)
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