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Newbie - 24ltr Tank

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Newbie - 24ltr Tank

Postby Nismoair » Tue Jan 22, 2013 11:33 pm

Hi

I am totally new to this hobby so please excuse the basic and possibly frequently asked questions.

My tank was set up a few days ago and is just conditioning before I go and buy my cold water fish. The major thing I have noticed is the noise of the filter. Is it possible to get quieter filters? If so dies anyone have any recommendations please. Also I often find the filter drops into to tank as suction cups aren't particularly good.

Are there any trays you can buy to stop the splashes caused by the filter?

And finally, Can anyone recommend any scavengers that I could use with this size tank and cold water fish?

Thank you!
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Re: Newbie - 24ltr Tank

Postby stumpy316uk » Wed Jan 23, 2013 12:16 am

filter wise u can try the fluval u series they have a mini filter from tanks upto 45 ltrs only bout 25 quid.
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Re: Newbie - 24ltr Tank

Postby andy » Wed Jan 23, 2013 7:02 am

Scavengers.....small group of pygmy corydorus and one or two otocinclus should be great. Small shrimps will also clear up any uneaten food.

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Re: Newbie - 24ltr Tank

Postby malakye » Wed Jan 23, 2013 5:19 pm

That tank is really small for most coldwater fish, goldfish require a minimum of 10 gallons each, fancy goldfish (fantails, moors etc) need a minimum of 5 gallons. You could have a small group of white cloud mountain minnows in that size tank though.
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Re: Newbie - 24ltr Tank

Postby Nismoair » Wed Jan 23, 2013 5:37 pm

Thanks for the comments, I've got 2 platyls today and plan for a couple of scavengers in a few weeks.
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Re: Newbie - 24ltr Tank

Postby Nismoair » Wed Jan 23, 2013 8:32 pm

On the filter situation I went for the fluval u2 which has a bio filter. Hope it's not too overkill on a small tank!
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Re: Newbie - 24ltr Tank

Postby andy » Thu Jan 24, 2013 11:31 am

Sorry....ignore my scavengers list...didn't see it was for coldwater :oops:
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Re: Newbie - 24ltr Tank

Postby malakye » Thu Jan 24, 2013 4:51 pm

If your keeping platy in there then ideally you could do with a small heater, it would also open up your choices and allow you to keep the pygmy cory that Andy suggested.
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Re: Newbie - 24ltr Tank

Postby Nismoair » Thu Jan 24, 2013 4:55 pm

Thanks for that, we got two platys which can live in heated and non heated tanks? Will look to get small heater and then scavengers!
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Re: Newbie - 24ltr Tank

Postby malakye » Sat Jan 26, 2013 4:42 pm

Platy are classed as a tropical so do need a heater.
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