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All of the basic components needed to set up an aquarium

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1 feeder fish needs at least 100 gallons
That's just for the first 3 months. After it grows a half inch ya gotta go with a 200.
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I purchased the 10 gallon which will by my 3rd aquarium in the house. Buying aquariums on sale is so addictive.
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Aware. Besides murder, I had no casualties in the tank and was very high maintenance keeping pH, temps, and other things correct. When I introduced, a second fish of the same species, the ghost knife, would just murder everything, literally a hole in their necks within an 8hr span.
Then why are you asking about accessories, maybe learn how to keep fish first. You don't want to be told to go to FB, but all you've done is tell your life story about fishkeeping instead of discuss deals. Walk the hell on, son.
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Why not just make the kid feed it? How hard is it for a 5 year old to sprinkle in 5 flakes of food? Does she get to pick what she does and doesn't do in your house?
Good Lord, all the self righteous parenting advice... I'm quite certain his comment started out as a joke. Every parent out there that gets a pet expects that they may have to cajole the kid into caring for it or even eventually take care of it themselves (which is why we have cute little guinea pigs and not a dog). Pretty sure it's a rite of passage.
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What filter do you buy? I was recently gifted one of these. It's the first time I have ever owned an aquarium. I also have the 5.5 gallon.
Look into the Aquaclear series. Don't get a cartridge system. Waste of money
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Total newbie here. What is media for a fishtank?
Something to Google. In a sense, it's a bag of porous rock/stone material made specifically for filters to help beneficial bacteria thrive. It becomes your tanks life insurance policy.
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We're so sorry!
Due to availability, we weren't able to complete a portion or all of your order.


This, AFTER confirming the order. Of course.
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There are coupons available in the PetSmart app if you play the treat trail game. 15% 20% and 25%. I don't see this brand on the exclusions list.
It worked at store. Thanks.
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For those thinking about getting an aquarium, be aware that many pet stores aren't getting new stock of fish during this time and are very low on fish right now. An aquarium won't do you much good if they don't have the fish you want to put in it! You might want to call around to see what fish stores have right now.

A few other pointers:
- Be aware of what fish you can safely put in what size tank. There isn't much that you can put in a 5 gallon tank, especially among what is available at most Petsmarts. This also includes being aware of which fish should be kept in schools. Many types of fish don't do well in groups of less than 5, and ideally 7 or 9. You can't put that many of most schooling fish in a 5 or 10 gallon tank. And until you've got a strong nitrogen cycle going (see below), you can't safely add many fish to a new aquarium. Start slow.
- Don't assume that the people at Petsmart know what they're talking about. They might. But with low staffing right now, the odds are good you'll get someone who has no idea what they're talking about, but they're likely not going to admit that to you! Do your research BEFORE you buy an aquarium, and especially before you buy fish.
- learn about the nitrogen cycle. If you don't know what that is, google it and so some reading. This is the single most important chunk of information any fish owner could have. This includes info about water changes and how and how often to do them. (NEVER change all of your water!)
- the filter that comes with these tanks is mediocre at best. You may want to upgrade it. But even if you don't, there are things you can do to help boost their filtering ability. Look into using a prefilter sponge. You can also squeeze a little bit of extra filter media, like biomax or bio rings into most filters to help increase your beneficial bacteria. There are also lots of videos on youtube about how to pimp your filter.
- be aware that the 5 gallon kit does not come with a heater. Unless your house is kept quite warm (75+ degrees) consistently, you'll need to either buy a heater (which will likely be ridiculously overpriced at Petsmart - look for online sales!) or be severely limited in what fish you can keep.
- remember that all of these tips are more for the long term good of your fish. Can you get away with breaking the rules or overstocking your tank for a while? Maybe. But if the fish are stressed, they're much more prone to disease. One bout of ick can wipe out your tank. Trust me on this one!
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Got one of these a few months ago. After getting it all properly balanced with bacteria, chemicals, etc, it's been working well. Holds 2-3 guppies without overloading anything.
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Any comparisons to this 10 gallon kit?

https://www.petsmart.com/fish/tan...gid=300129 [petsmart.com]
The kit you linked to seems to have better lighting, with colors. It also has a much, much worse filter. And it doesn't come with a heater, which is pretty necessary for most kinds of fish, unless your house is 75+ degrees year round. Seems really overpriced to me.
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Bought the 5.5 g today and picked it up. Turns out it was a return and it had rocks and a couple fake plants in it. Having to return it for a new one now.

Update: They're not taking returns, so I'm stuck with it for now. Very frustrating.
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I have had a cobalt blue African cichlid in my 5g for two years. I bought four fry and he killed the others. I have raised and bred African cichlids in the past and it's been a great set-up. I feed him pellets two times a week, add water as needed, and change water 1x p/month. It would be better to do it more frequently 2x p/month, but that's why I stopped operating my 75g tank (don't have time). I have found low stock, keeping the water brackish, and feeding lightly the key to keeping fish healthy.
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Can I put some goldfish in this? Want something easy for myself and the kids to enjoy. TIA
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Can I put some goldfish in this? Want something easy for myself and the kids to enjoy. TIA
Goldfish actually need a very large tank contrary to what most people think. They are not the type to put in something like this. A betta does well in a smaller tank (I would recommend 5 gal minimum, definitely not a bowl/under 1 gal set up). Bettas do really well by themselves and come in a large variety. Some of them are also very social and will swim up to greet you and can be taught to jump for food Smilie My betta follows my finger along the glass which is pretty neat.
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