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Please advise me- which tank is better?

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TremoloGreen Wed 10-Dec-14 18:52:27

Hi, I am getting my husband a fish tank for Christmas. He is new to keeping fish as pets but works with danio rerios so knows the basics of keeping/breeding them. I want to get him a small-mid-size tank for now to get started. I'm looking at these two, can anyone advise if one is better? I don't know what type of fish he'll be interested in, but probably something easy to start with, then a couple of fancier fish once he gets going.

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TremoloGreen Wed 10-Dec-14 18:54:47

Ugh, why have my links gone wrong?!



EauLittleRougeofBethlehem Wed 10-Dec-14 19:10:03

I'd go with the Marina. Hagen is a good brand and the tank is bigger- actually 54 litres is a brilliant size because it doesn't take long to clean but it's big enough to actually be able to put some fish in there grin.

The heater is a reasonable size (not sure why the smaller tank comes with such a big heater confused ). The filter should be reliable enough but comes with a lot of bells and whistles that you don't need. I would ditch the zeolite and carbon and just run it with plain sponges. The instructions will probably say to replace the plain sponges every month or so, but ignore it- they only need rinsing in tap water and replacing once they start losing their shape.

Don't forget a fishless cycle smile You'll need a water test kit but I'm guessing your DH knows about water chemistry and whatnot. 54 litres isn't really big enough for those danios but he probably fancies a change anyway.

TremoloGreen Wed 10-Dec-14 20:32:08

That's so helpful, thank you. I think it comes with a free testing kit anyway, but I am just buying the tank and his parents are giving him some cash to buy any other bits he needs and stock it. Exciting!

MyFirstName Wed 17-Dec-14 23:03:33

Don't rinse in tap water! Eau told me so. She just had a duff autocorrect.

Rinse the sponge in tank water...otherwise you will kill all the good bacteria. <nod wisely having only been doing this fish thing for a couple of months but read a lot of very useful stuff from Eau.>

EauLittleRougeofBethlehem Thu 18-Dec-14 09:21:53

Bugger, I did it again! blush Tank water, not tap water. The chlorine in tap water will kill the good bacteria. Well spotted, MyFirstName, thank you.

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