Hi, ive never had an aquarium before but have done alot of studying after keeping my goldfish in a bowl and suffocating it
icon_frow,so sad,but didnt know anything about golfish before) and i need some help. So im about to get my Seaclear Acrylic 36gal bowfront next week. just need some heads up before i start to plant it. what substrate do you recommend. and do i have to change the lighting in it, I know what CO2 is, but how do i get it in the tank(have no idea). BTW, i have evrything else:
1) SeaClear Bowfront 36 Gallon Aquarium
2) Aquatic Fundamentals 46 Gallon Bowfront Aquarium Stand (fits my aquarium)
3)Aquarium Pharmaceuticals Freshwater Master Test Kit
4)Marineland Penguin 150GPH BIO-Wheel Power Filter
5)PETCO Dark Blue Aquarium Gravel 50LBS
6)Tetra EasyBalance Water Treatment
7)TetraAqua AquaSafe Water Conditioner
8) Various Decorations
ALL ITEMS WERE FROM PETCO.COM
*i will get the plants after receiving tank
,if im missign something,or brought the wrong stuff please let me know. I Spend way too much money on this, so any help is appreciated. Thanks in advance hobbyists.
UPDATE:nov 9 2009, retuned a lot of things and brought better things, dont shop at petco much now, drsfosterandsmith are much cheaper.
BTW if anyone is doing fishless cycle and cant find ammonia anywhere, because i searched everywhere(walmart,giant,all pet stores,target,home depot,lowes,sears.etcc) and couldnt find the real stuff, they all had detergents or some other cleaning stuff. what you want is pure ammonium hydroxide somewhere between 10-50%, more than this, then you better add carefully, or you can really add too much.
to find out if its real pure ammonia, shake it and if it creates bubbles that dont go away right away, then you dont want it.
i finally found it at Ace hardware, its called Ace ammonia Janitorial Strength Formula 10% ammonium hydroxide. it doesnt list any ingredients because its common sense. 10% ammonia and 90% water.
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and heres how to calculate how much ammonia to add:
Desired tank ammonia level/ (Ammonia concentration % (from the label) x 10/tank volume in litres) = Amount of household ammonia to add in ml (to convert gallons to liters, times the gallons by 3.8)
Here's my tank calculation:-
Tank volume = 137litres
Ammonia concentration % = .10 (from the label on the bottle)
Desired tank ammonia level in ppm= 4
So, 4/(10x10/137)=ammonia ml to add.
4/(100/137)=ammonia ml to add
4/0.73=ammonia ml to add
=5.48 ml household ammonia, round it to nearest 10th =5.50ml.
OR if you dont like this way, then fill a 5 gallons bucket of ammonia free water, and add a couple of drops, check ammonia level, then keep adding drops until you get a reading of 4ppm. then do the math. and that equals how much ammonia you need to add to get 4ppm reading.
IM learning sooo much