How to choose the correct tank?

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14 Dec 2007 02:35 #1 by baz (baz)
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Totally new to this, before I buy an aquarium I was hoping that somebody may be able to point me in the right direction.
I was looking at maybe a Hagen Fluval DUO 800(112L) / 1000(160L) or a Juwel Rio 125 (125L).

I hope to start off simple(after cycling of course) and stock some tough cookies, but also to have an opportunity to stock some other species in the future.

Hope somebody might have an idea as to what would be a good first set up in and around the €300 mark.

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14 Dec 2007 12:44 #2 by Daragh_Owens (Daragh Owens)
A tank is pretty much personal choice, there is no major difference in reliability from one model to the other, they all hold water :-) Some tanks come with internal filters fitted like the juwel, so it depends whether you want that or want to buy separte internal or external filters. Most fishkeepers would prefer external. Lid and lights is another factor, you want one with plenty of light and easy access. The larger the tank capacity generally the easier to maintain stable water conditions, but any of the tanks you have mentioned should be fine.

Remember to budget for a full test kit, stand, substrate and plants (if you want them).


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14 Dec 2007 12:58 #3 by KenS (Ken Simpson)
The general rule is get the biggest tank you can afford. The bigger the better. As Daragh says, it's easier to keep the water stable. It also gives you more flexibility in the types of fish you can keep.

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14 Dec 2007 13:03 #4 by apistodiscus (apistodiscus)
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Wait until after Christmas to buy a tank. There will be plenty in the 'buy and Sell'. Buy the biggest tank you can afford. The bigger the tank the less maintenance since a bigger body of water is more stable than a smaller one.Just make sur that you have a stand that can support the weight of the tank.Ordinary furniture such as sideboards are generally not suitable

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14 Dec 2007 20:08 #5 by Acara (Dave Walters)
Just to add to the advice given,and to back up what Daragh said,I find access important.Compare the lids on the Juwel Rio and Rekord range.The Rekord have limited access,you have to lift off the whole hood for some jobs,condensation running everywhere and cables catching on things.Don't have that problem with the Rio range.I know you didn't mention Rekords,but I don't know the Fluvals,so just giving an example.
To stress what the others said,the bigger ,the more versatile,a Rio180 is a good starter.
And SHOP AROUND!!!Prices vary considerably.A 3 minute search of LOCAL websites for a Rio400 and cabinet shows 2 prices,750euro and 1415euro,FOR THE SAME THING.

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15 Dec 2007 01:33 #6 by KenS (Ken Simpson)
Just to reiterate, shop around. Acara isn’t exaggerating, prices of tanks differ considerably, especially when it comes to Juwels.

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16 Dec 2007 04:27 #7 by baz (baz)
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hey thanks for all your help so far. As it turns out somebody I know was parting with their rekord 70, not what I had planned for in the beginning but somehere to start all the same.

I'm currently cycling it.

Wondering how to stock when cycling is complete. Hope somebody may have some suggestions as I really don't know what to stock with? I would appreciate some suggested setups.

I was thinking about: tetras, catfish, guppys? Any thoughts?

thanks

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