Beginner Please Help

  1. GodIsGreat Initiate Member

    I've decided to go with freshwater fish because it seems easier but I just want any info you can give me before I go to the store and get me a fish

    It seems like it should be Pretty easy but yeah any info would be nice here from experienced people


    What would be ideal is to have a couple or one small fish in a nice sized bowl or tank and just manage them simply but I've never had a fish before so that's why I'm posting


    Sorry to be such a noob

    Thanks
     
  2. kayla.s Well Known Member Member

    Don't do anything smaller than a 5gallon, the bigger, the more option you have for fish. Research the fishes needs before you buy. Study the nitrogen cycle and cycle the tank before putting fish in
     

  3. Littlebudda Well Known Member Member

    First I think you should get the biggest tank you can afford/fit, many people think if it's big it's hard but the opposite is true the bigger the tank the more forgiving it is of mistakes as there is more water to compensate. This will also give you a larger range of fish you can keep.

    So first thing is work out your budget and go from there
     
  4. kayla.s Well Known Member Member

    Let us know if you have a specific fish in mind and we can help you with info on it too
     

  5. MattS99 Well Known Member Member

    NEVER put a live fish in a bowl. All fish, no matter tank size need filtration. Most need a heater, too.
     
  6. kayla.s Well Known Member Member

    Yes, get a filter and a heater
     
  7. JesseMoreira06 Well Known Member Member

    Imo a good beginer tank is a 29g. Most of the time people who are new to fishkeeping want to stock and keep stocking and in a 5 or 10g your really limited in options, also the more water the harder it is to get parameters out of whack.

    If you wanted something small as u mentioned "bowl" then a 5g aquarium with a Betta but you'll need a filter and a heater.
     

  8. MattS99 Well Known Member Member

    A 29 or a 20 long is the best beginner tank. I like the 20 long more though. No particular reason, I just do.
     
  9. MyNameIsFish Initiate Member

    I would personally recommend a 10 gallon tank for a beginner tank if you want something other than a betta (which you can keep in a 5). They are small enough to keep on a desk and clean, but you still have some options for fish. Also, you can even find some 10 gallon kits (tank, light, hood, filter, and maybe a heater or some other basic stuff) starting as low as $30 for a more basic one at Walmart.

    Some beginner fish you could get:
    - a few live bearers (platies, guppies, -maybe mollies-, endlers)
    - a small school of tetras

    If you want to get a little more advanced
    -pea puffers (they require either live food or frozen food so they are harder to feed, they sometimes have aggression issues, and can be on the messier side, prefer live plants)
    - African dwarf frogs (pretty easy but they like frozen bloodworms or other foods and can be hard to feed, need hiding spaces)
    - shrimp (these can live with other fish -but may get eaten- and in different tank sizes but they are sensitive to water quality and need live plants and a source of food be it algae or other wise)



    What you need:
    - a plan for how you are going to complete the nitrogen cycle
    - tank
    - heater
    - filter
    - gravel/substrate/sand (I guess this is optional)
    - dechlorinate
    - fish
    - fish food
    - thermometer
    - test kits for pH, ammonia, nitrates, and nitrites

    Option stuff
    - live plants (in general highly recommend)
    -light needed
    - decorations (some fish really like these for hiding spots depending on what you get)
    - bubbler


    And more which I know I'm forgetting but you get the point. I know this looks like A LOT, but it really isn't that much. I just included everything I could think of/ wish I knew before getting a tank. Like I said, I'm probably forgetting stuff so the import thing is to do RESEARCH (preferably before starting the tank).

    Hope this helped (and didn't scare you because honestly having your own fish tank is so much fun and so worth and kind of addicting).
     
  10. minervalong Well Known Member Member

    I started with a one gallon home for a betta because of my grandgirl. The problem is, as you think of the needs of your fish and if you are into watching a quiet watery world, then you get either BTS (bigger tank syndrome) or MTS (multiple tank syndrome). So, get the biggest tank you can afford and have room for if that is what you are going for.

    If you start with a small tank, a 5 or 5.5 is good for a betta with a snail and or a handful of the small shrimp such as red cherry or any of the colored variants. Bettas can be active, so live or silk plants around the back and sides, some kind of decoration for him to explore/hide/sleep in.

    If you get a larger tank, say a 10, you have more fish options but the basics remain the same.

    But before you get any fish, get the tank and equipment you will need, learn about the nitrogen cycle, get your tank cycled. This will lessen the stress on your fishy friend and on you. Also, learn about different fish needs, for example, bettas like it warm. Which usually means a heater unless you live in the tropics. Corys like it a bit cooler, but you will still need that heater for them. If you get a bigger tank, and end up going with a community, learn the temps of the different fish so you can match them. Living your life too hot or too cold is miserable.

    Decide on what kind of fishy world you want to slip into and go from there. Let us know which direction you go in and we love pictures!!
     

  11. fjh Well Known Member Member

    Looks like you've already had a lot of information thrown at you, but a few pointers/summary of what i think is important:

    - don't get anything smaller that a 5g tank, and if want to keep more than 1 fish, I would recommend a 20g (you have many options)

    - learn about the nitrogen cycle/cycling your tank (cycling your filter). When first setting up, either get cycled filter media from someone else, or ghost feed your tank for a month before adding any fish.

    - avoid impulse buys. Research and plan your stock before adding fish to your tank. Even though fish are "freshwater tropical," many fish can be territorial/predatory/aggressive, some are schooling fish and need others of the same species, and others inhabit only certain regions of your tank and you don't want to overcrowd them.

    - make sure you have lots of decor and hiding spots so your fish don't feel stressed. You think see them as often, but their colors will be more vibrant, they will be more active, etc so it pays off (not to mention the fish's health). In terms of live plants vs artificial... live plants benefit the water quality, but if you have a brown thumb then start with artificial (don't want an added worry when starting out)

    - if worst comes to worst, then you will be able to tell something is wrong from looking at your fish. Disfiguration, discoloration, or change in appetite/behavior means something is up and needs fixing.

    Hope this helps