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Old 09-07-2006, 01:27 PM   #11 
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when in doubt use google, it will convert anything for you:

google search for "30 litres in gallons" returns:
30 litres = 7.92516154 US gallons
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Old 09-07-2006, 04:47 PM   #12 
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wow so a 10 gallon tank is realy big.. lol
well any ways i dont now if my mum wants to get the tank anymore, i realy do ... i hope she will let me get it
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Old 09-07-2006, 06:31 PM   #13 
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i just didnt put any fish in it for a week then i bought all sorts of tropikal fish and then one day the filter went wonkas and boiled the water.... i want to buy a .....i think around 30 litre tank for tropikal fish...
This means the tank hasn't cycled at all. You need to cycle the tank first before buying any fish.

As for 6 months, it's a maturation process of the tank to allow it to be safer for the tetras to thrive. When cycling ends really varies.
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Old 09-07-2006, 11:55 PM   #14 
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10 gallons is not a large tank at all; it is considered quite small, as in, you should be able to house three fish in a 10 gallon tank, providing their adult size is going to be approximately 3 inches for each fish. :)
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Old 09-10-2006, 02:58 AM   #15 
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i have an old fish tank in my basement that i used to use like around 4 or 5 years ago, it was quite big and i had allot of fish in it aroound 15 fish i htink i am not sure, the tank is like a 20-30 gallon tank and it is big, today i am going to go to the fish shop with my dad to se if he likes the tank that i want to get ( but i probabley wont gt it because the one that we alredy have is bigger) and to look at the fish in it and stuff....
do these fish get along well?
- guppies
- neon tertras
- the sucking fish( idont now there names but there is someone brie i think hoo has one as her foto thing) they grow realy big
- and can you tell e any others that get along well with them and describe them because idont now the names of diferent types of fish ( as you can see!!)
thank you
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i have an old fish tank in my basement that i used to use like around 4 or 5 years ago, it was quite big and i had allot of fish in it aroound 15 fish i htink i am not sure, the tank is like a 20-30 gallon tank and it is big, today i am going to go to the fish shop with my dad to se if he likes the tank that i want to get ( but i probabley wont gt it because the one that we alredy have is bigger) and to look at the fish in it and stuff....
do these fish get along well?
- guppies
- neon tertras
- the sucking fish( idont now there names but there is someone brie i think hoo has one as her foto thing) they grow realy big
- and can you tell e any others that get along well with them and describe them because idont now the names of diferent types of fish ( as you can see!!)
thank you
katherine
Kath, you have to cycle the tank first before buying any fish. If you buy fish without cycling, then you'll be experiencing New Tank Syndrome which will eventually wipe out your whole stock.

Sucking fish-Avoid Chinese Algae Eater. Bristlenose plec is preferred for removal of algae.

Pls don't buy neons while your tank is cycling. Best to buy them in 6 months time otherwise they'll have to live in borrowed time. Neither are guppies that hardy these days and the way they reproduce, you'll have porblems with overstocking soon.

You can cycle using fish wastes as ammonia. However, you'll need to add bacterial sources(ask your lfs for a filter media from their filters). Put the media in your filter.
To start your tank(when cycling with fish), use zebra danios or male platies(females not allowed due to constant reproduction which will add to overstocking problems).
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Old 09-10-2006, 10:33 AM   #17 
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right i have gone to the shop and i have decided the fish i am going to get:
3 male guppies
1 black molly
2 different types of sucking fish
10 neon tetras ( after 6 months)
i dont now hte name in english ( platy) short red/ orange white and somtimes yellow
and another one but i forgot wat it was called
do those go well together??
and one lthing what is cycling a tank and how do you do it?
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Hi Kath. Those fish are all community fish and should do well.
Cycling a tank is pretty simple when you brake it down. The point of cycling a tank is so when u put your first fish in they dont die. When the fish poop, it turns into AMMONIA which is VERY toxic and kills the fish. If your going to cycle a tank with fish than get a few zebra danios or platy's/mollie's they are all veyr good starter fish to cycle the tank with. So, the poop it turns into ammonia, and then there needs to be bacterial colonies/bacteria in the tank which eat/consumes the ammonia, which turns into NITRITE, which is toxic to the fish also. The point of cycling the tank is to make bactera colonies to eat the ammonia and nitrite. When that happens, than it turns into NITRATE which is less less less harmful to the fish and you want to maintain it under 40. You know your done cycling the tank when you have 0 AMMONIA, 0 NITRITE, AND UNDER 40 NITRATE. I hope this makes sense I tryed to break it down so it would be easier, because it can be confusing!

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Excellent advice Nick. And Kath, I thing the platy you are describing is the sunset dwarf platy :)
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Old 09-13-2006, 12:39 PM   #20 
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thenks or the hep but i want to know how do you cycle a tank ot what is it for
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