Posts by Gilbert

    I honestly did a ton of research trying to figure out which fish I wanted - but I mostly set the tank up first with all of the decorations and then plan around that (since I feel like planning for the fish first makes sense for some higher end species but making it ideal can limit how your tank will look like in the end).



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    I’d probably say a small 5 gallon, or even those Fluvial Chi tanks are ideal. Not only because of the size but due to their shape and how they can pretty much fit anywhere, while also being within the few gallon limit that many places like apartments or dorms have.



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    Holy crap that Points Of Interest that shows all of the stores looks like an absolutely HUGE task - but it’s extremely helpful since you find places that are specifically local and even call them or look at what other people say that may have been there before via the comments.


    I wish you the best of luck finishing that, since I know focusing on the US and then other countries is probably the line of order and there are hundreds of thousands of entries I bet that will end up on there.



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    Since evaporation affects every single tank differently due to having lids (plastic, glass, etc.) or not, and the temperature difference from the aquarium water to the room temperature, how frequently do you add water to the aquarium to keep it at the same level?



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    100% recommend that you go the biggest you can since it allows for more chance that water parameters get out of wack (takes more time to have an effect), allows for you to get more fish to add in which give the tank a better display view, let’s you grow as time goes on (moving from community fish to maybe cichlids), and let’s you get fish in almost every single zone possible.



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    I’ve never used them, but they do work if they are within their valid window. The only issue is that ammonia will report even if it has been locked by something like Prime, so the results can be confusing depending on your water parameters.



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    I would totally say there is a difference, for sure with saltwater being more harder and demanding as more parameters need to be in check (and even at a base price, saltwater fish and equipment is more expensive while you are trying to learn and understand any issues you may have with your tank).



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    100% agree with Prime, although honestly they are all almost the same even the ones from Tetra, Aqueon, etc. Prime just has the best track record for doing what it says it will do exactly to the T



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    If the designer was well known, had a really good warranty, and did solid work, then yes I’d definitely pay more than average for that same tank. But for a generic tank or something like that, I would not since it can be found from other brands at a better price.



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    No, as hot glue will slowly dissolve into pieces that can harm fish if swallowed, or if it gets stuck in their grills or digestive system (as glue isn’t digestible).


    Try using silicone, fishing line, or even super glue that has been rated for water/aquatic usage.



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    Honestly any fish that isn’t of the same family or type. For example people love to put Angelfish and Neon Tetras, but in the wild the neons are food for the angels.


    Similarly people mix in cichlids from different lakes or even add them in with more peaceful/community fish and wonder why fish keep disappearing sadly. A big one that is common is where people will put in a tank multiple bettas (it can be done for a sorority), but I’ve seen like a 5 gallon with 3 bettas which is far too few in a small space to work out nicely.



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    Don’t they have those all in one test kits for both freshwater or saltwater tanks? I know what they do not contain super specific testing aspects but would give you the best bang for the buck according what API sells more of together.



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    I normally fed like every other day, and do it near the morning after I wake up so that it gives them that little bit of energy through the day.


    I’ve never thought about when it what time of feeding then makes sense or would be better like biologically though...so actually a good question.



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    I always see clownfish being highly recommend to those starting out, since they tend to be unforgiving when it comes to water parameters not being specifically in like with where they should be.



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    I normally stick with Aqueon, Eheim, or Jager since they tend to have better reliability than other brands. I specifically stay away from unknown brands (where I’d love to buy a filter from a random brand name), and tend to avoid Marineland since they seem to always malfunction extremely early which is very annoying (and can shock/overheat the tank dependent on what goes out).



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