New Freshwater Fish Tank Help

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by Ian Tankers, May 23, 2018.

  1. Ian TankersNew MemberMember

    I just got a 20gal. Fish tank. I have filled it and I need more decorations and am currently doing a fish less cycle. I already put dechlorinator in it. I have A filter, a heater, and a thermometer. I was wondering what other steps I need to take before I can put fish in. Also if anyone has any Ideas for what kind of fish I can put in, that would be great. Thank you!
  2. Discus-Tang

    Discus-TangWell Known MemberMember

    Here's an Idea:
    8x rummynose tetras
    8x kuhli loach
    1x dwarf gourami
  3. FishHobbiest

    FishHobbiestWell Known MemberMember

    Here's a helpful video on cycling a tank and minimizing the time it takes:
  4. Hunter1

    Hunter1Well Known MemberMember

    You definitely need an ammonia source to grow the bacteria, pure ammonia with no additives would be best although daily doses of fish food will work even though its not a very accurate way to do it.

    A API master test kit would be my second purchase so you can test for amm, nitrites and nitrates. (Research the nitrogen cycle)

    I would add a beneficial bacteria such as TetraSafeStart + or Stability.

    I also recommend Prime as a declorinator.

    Raise your temperature to 82-84 while cycling.

    Make sure your PH remains above 6.5.

    Tons and tons of different fish will fit in a 20, just let us know what you like but corys will always be one of my recommendations.
  5. ChuthuluFish

    ChuthuluFishWell Known MemberMember

  6. OP

    Ian TankersNew MemberMember

    not ye
  7. Hunter1

    Hunter1Well Known MemberMember

    Very important, can’t tell what’s going on without a test kit.

    Like walking with your eyes closed.

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