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In the event that anyone is setting up a new Tropical fish aquarium,
this article should prove beneficial to you and your budget. I honestly
believe that there is someone out there that loves to take advantage
of your wallet when you decide to have a fish tank. Some of us who have
been through this can laugh and say oh yeah I did that too. But then
there are some of us who are mad and want to know why they don't come
out with a book that has Tropical Fish Tanks for dummies! ("And wouldn't
you know there is such a book after the tank is done!")
The trouble all started with the want of the tank. I have had tropical
tanks of a larger size, even a large saltwater tank but that was years
ago. All I wanted was a small tank for my office to give off the sound
of water and a couple of Angel or Discus fish to look at once in a while.
Now you would think this was an easy project right? Wrong. It takes
six weeks to cycle the darn thing and in the mean time you have to keep
some lousy ugly little cheap fish alive. Yeah right! Literally they
are the bacteria that cycle the tank is what the Fish store told me.
Oh and the fish have to have little friends to help them be happy while
they die since the cheap ones always live in schools of more than 3
or 4. The Aquarium stores
in So. Oregon leave a lot to be desired I tell you what!
So my tank takes 6 weeks to cycle...I am totally bored now after 1
week I have two tests and 3 feedings a day...Wait I have to soften the
water for the fish I want...EEEK.. That stupid Pillow ... put it in
the filter...now for a 10 gal. tank I have 143 PPM of calcium and the
Pillow takes out 140 PPM in a 48 hour period...how many hours can I
leave it in to get 100 PPM of hardness...hahahahahaha... I think it
turned out 17 hours but I am checking it every two hours since those
fish don't know I am trying to kill them to get the ones I want. Oh
and I have to try to drop the pH too after I drop the hardness of my
water from 7.6 to 6.0. Geez what a job. I wonder why they couldn't just
sell me some water while they were at it?
So never let it be said that you only get one little tank..and take my advice and stick to guppies and goldfish so you don't end up with the madness.
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