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{June 23, 2016}   My New Hobby

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I probably shouldn’t have but I bought this 55 gallon fish tank yesterday. I have been wanting one for a really long time bu they cost a lot to get everything and get a good set up. I bought a tank a year or so ago but ended up getting rid of it because it was just to much to buy the stand, pumps, hoods, and everything else to set it up. I had decided to just wait until we move to get one and set up. Then I was looking at the offerup app and found this one a guy had. It was to good of a deal to not inquire about. I figured it was an old picture they it was sitting somewhere stored, it leaked or something. He replied said there was nothing wrong with it and it was $100 for everything. I told him I would like to see it he said to come the next morning. We set a time and then in a little bit he messaged saying I could have the fish that were in it for free if I wanted them, that he would give me the master test kit, the hose to clean it and a bunch of other stuff if I wanted it. I ask what kind of fish was in it and he told me. Not anything I had really heard of but the Betta. My big boy has a 5 gallon with one in it, I told him we would put a divider in it and stick him in that so I could put other fish in the big tank. A yo yo loach I had to look that up and then some tetra. I told him sure I would take them. What would he do with them if I didn’t he be stuck with fish and no tank. They weren’t anything that would keep me from getting others.

I got there he still had it set up with the fish and plants in it. He said he wanted me to see it set up and working before he broke it all down. Then we took it down and he said they had a big bin full of castles and things for it he was going to also just give me but then he couldn’t find it. They have stuff all over trying to move and down size too. But I wasn’t worried about that it wasn’t a big deal. I just expected the tank not all he had already given me. I wasn’t sure about getting it, I didn’t know where I would put it and really shouldn’t have spent the money. But just the night before I found the boys a chest for their room, I had this other that was in my room I ended up putting in theirs left a big empty wall so I set it up in my bedroom. I seen it and it was everything down to heater rocks fish lights just move and set up I figured for $100 I couldn’t go wrong. If I had to I could turn around and sell it for that easy and get my money back.

After I got it full and tested the water it showed everything was pretty much right where it should be. I went to get some prime to get the few things that were off in check. I talked to the guy there had him test it to be sure I did it all right. He said it looked good and it was ready for fish. He said I should wait at least 24 to 36 hours but then should be fine. The next day I went to the pet store I go to for most all my stuff. I like them better I but they are a lot farther from my house. I go to the other mostly for guppies and shrimp because they are much cheaper than the one I like for them. But I started talking to one of the employee’s and I told him I just got it and set it up the day before he talked to me for a long time about it and gave me advice. He said chemical wise it was ready but for the bacteria and things to build up and to get stable better it was best to wait two to three weeks and at the least a week. He said I may not see problems right now but that the odds were down the road in a few weeks or months I would have problems. He said since I had fish at home already I could0 introduce them a couple at a time every few days to help build it up since I did have some of the old water it would help build it up a little faster. He said add a couple and then just watch them and keep a check on it for a day or two and if they seem ok to add a couple more. In a week if it is going good with no major spikes or anything then I should be able to put them back in their tank and start putting others in here. I just put the loach back in and a few guppies to start. So far so good.

He seem to know what he was talking about more than the guy at the other store. He told me he had like three tanks bigger than this one at home and that just about everyone there had at least one tank and most more than one so any of them could really help me out if he wasn’t there and help me get it set up so that my fish would last a long time and my tank will stay clean and I won’t have to mess with it much like my smaller ones. I told him this is all new to me I am use to the smaller tanks I just start with spring water and add more when it needs it and don’t really have to clean it and don’t have to add chemicals and things. He said I shouldn’t have to add any to this or clean it once it gets going good if i do like they say and let it do what it needs to do before I start putting a bunch of fish in and to add just a few at a time once I decide to start buying some as well.

The tank came with the two big plants on either end and another a little smaller that I put in with the frogs. I knew they would like the wood to hide under and things. The plant its self, I really don’t like the plant or the big rocks it is hooked too. I bought a couple by accident for my frog tank and just didn’t like them. I tried to get a hold of my friend to see if he wanted them or could put them in his tank but haven’t heard back from him. I took the one that is in the middle of the tank above out of the frog tank and put in this one. I have had it for years it outgrew the 5 gallon so I put it in the 20 when I moved the frogs but it is starting to outgrow it too. I wouldn’t mind having some more of it to put across the back or arrange in there. I also want to get the baby dwarf tears plant and let it grow across the bottom like grass. I tried that with my frog tank and it didn’t work. I am going to talk to the guy at the pet store and ask him how I should do that so that it grows and don’t just come lose and float all over.

When we were talking I told him it came with a big bunch of plants that I was trying to get out of there as well so I could put some different ones I would need to figure out what I could put in that would last. He said he would take the plants if I didn’t want them. He has a 250 gallon tank he is trying to get plants build up in. He said it’s hard to fill one that big then the fish mess them up and things on top of it. I told him I didn’t live close but would be back up next week probably when I was able to get fish to put in it and that I would bring them then he could have them. The one came lose from the rock now the rock is sitting on it to hold it down or it tries to float around the tank. I don’t know why they put them on the rocks, I guess to hold them in place and be able to move them. But the one in the middle I have moved and moved and never had it attached to anything. I cover the roots with the gravel when I put it in place and it just grows. I decide to move it I just uncover it like a plant in dirt and move it.

It is really kind of nice having it here in my room, it’s on the wall across from the foot of my bed. I can sit here and write and look at it or just lay here and watch the fish swim around in it.

I also have to ask him about the heater it has almost a new heater but it showing the water staying between about 75 and 80 degrees. I ask the guy I bought it from and he said they kept it on but that they kept it really cold in their house too. I keep my house around 79 to 80 in the day and 76 to 77 when we go to bed. I think it should be fine. They say my frogs are sensitive to temperature too but I have never had a heater on them even in the winter and have had no problems. Reading up on it they say that the little tank will cool down faster than the bigger tank of course so I think it should be find.

I think I want to get 3 or 4 groups of schooling fish maybe 4 to 6 fish for each group and put in there. I don’t want just a handful of bigger fish and the tank look empty. But I don’t want to over stock it either. They said I can put probably about 20 to 30 fish. I am thinking more on the 20 side. I guess I will have to see what it looks like when I get them in there. Plus I have to have room for the shrimp. I like to keep shrimp and snails in tanks, the shrimp are just as neat to watch as the fish sometimes and help keep it clean.

I got it home the kids said oh we got a new tank! I said no I got a new tank it is going in my room and I am setting it up with what I want in it. They don’t care they just want to name all the fish. I told them go for it. If I have that many I’m not going to be naming them and trying to keep up with them.



My dad started with one tank…he’s now had to build a dedicated ‘fish house’ in the garden as the tanks were taking over my mum’s house! Hasn’t seemed to help yet though as there’s now fish tanks in the garden and still all over the house… But they keep my dad entertained and give him something to focus on, which is the good point. I hope you enjoy having your fish x



That sounds like my friend he has the big tanks like 120 and 200 maybe even more. He has them in three or four rooms of his house. He has even cut the wall in the living-room and sat one into the wall. His tanks are salt everyone keeps telling me they are better but they seem like a lot more money and more maintenance. But you can do a lot more and have a lot of neater things in them.

I am happy with the two I have and the only reason I have two is because the frogs can’t go in the 55 or I would have just the one.



[…] I said in my other post My New Hobby I bought a fish tank a couple days ago. Well my plant started to look bad it is turning brown and […]



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