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gronlaura
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PostSubject: Hello from a newbie!!!   Thu Feb 07, 2013 10:30 pm

Hello! I am new to fishkeeping and have a 75 gal FW community tank with 9 neon dwarf rainbows, 5 scissortail rasboras and 10 golden pristella tetras. My tank has been cycled for about 4 weeks, 0 ammonia, 0 nitrites, 5-10 nitrates, pH 7.2 and temp 77. I have been reading your posts, but have a couple of questions about adding a BN to my tank.

1. I know you should wait to add bottom dwellers - can I add one now or should I wait a bit longer?

2. It has also been suggested that I get heater guards to protect the BN. I have two 250W Aqueon Pro Heaters - they are a composite material, not glass. Are the guards necessary?

I'm very excited to get my BN to complete my stocking list and will be spending time reading the posts here.


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PostSubject: Re: Hello from a newbie!!!   Fri Feb 08, 2013 3:21 am

If you are jut adding the BN, you should be fine. Adding one fish to that stocking list and tank size should cause a minimal increas in the bio load. However adding the BN plus a lot of other fish would increase the bio load drastically and possibly cause another cycle.

Make sure there is wood for the BN!

As for the heater, I have no idea. I have kept mine with both types. I have experienced no problems with either.

As a general rule of thumb, I always do a water change a day or two before getting new fish.

The key to success is knowledge and patience in this hobby, good luck!
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PostSubject: Re: Hello from a newbie!!!   Fri Feb 08, 2013 10:54 am

Hi and welcome to Bristlenoseworld I always use heater guards on my heaters just incase. That is a big tank you have there,what are the dimensions of it?



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PostSubject: Re: Hello from a newbie!!!   Fri Feb 08, 2013 4:21 pm

Thanks for the welcomes!

It's a standard 75 gallon - 48 wide x 18 deep x 21 high. Will be picking up 6 pristella tetras on Sunday. Was planning to add the BN 2 weeks later.

Another question - is it better for a new tank and newbie aquarist to get a small juvie or a little bigger fish?


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PostSubject: Re: Hello from a newbie!!!   Fri Feb 08, 2013 7:34 pm

Hi, if your tank is fully cycled and you are going to feed him/her a good diet then it doesn't really matter what size you get.It is nice to get a small one and watch them grow and develop but it is entirely up to you.



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PostSubject: Re: Hello from a newbie!!!   Fri Feb 08, 2013 9:03 pm

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