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Shopping list
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I'll be purchasing my new tank next week and thought I'd get together a general list of items to purchase. I've pretty much decided on the main items, but are there any other basic accessories that I'm missing? Are what I’ve chosen sound choices??

Main Items

- Tank
Aqua Oak 110
https://www.fishkeeper.co.uk/product/aqua-oak-110cm-wine-rack-aquarium-and-cabinet

- Heater
Aqua Range LCD Smart Heater, 300W
https://www.fishkeeper.co.uk/product/aqua-range-lcd-smart-heater

- Filter
Fluval 307
https://www.fishkeeper.co.uk/product/fluval-07/129857

- Lighting
Fluval Aquasky Bluetooth LED 2.0, 27W
https://www.fishkeeper.co.uk/product/fluval-aquasky-bluetooth-led-2-0

Other items: 

- Substrate
- Plants
- Aquascaping tools
- Fertiliser (tabs/liquid)
- Bog wood/ornaments
- Backing sheet?
- Water conditioner (Seachem Prime)
- Ammonia (for cycling tank)
- Filter bacteria (to aid tank cycling)
- Water test kit (API)
- Thermometer (electronic or alcohol type)
- Algae magnet
- Fish net x2
- Cleaning brushes
- Bucket x2
- Substrate hoover/siphon tube
- Food (flake/freeze dried bloodworm etc / frozen)
- Fish (eventually!!)

Am I missing anything obvious?? BTW I'm planning on carrying out a fish-less cycle before buying any fish...
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Love the choice of tank. Good choices with Seachem Prime, the API test kit, and most other things. There are mixed views on Fluval filters here but personally I've had a 306 and 406 and no problems with either.

I'd strongly advise considering the Fluval Plant 3.0 instead of the Aquasky, if you are going for a planted tank. Swell UK has the size you need for £162 and the difference would be well worth it. You can economise by saving on the aquascaping tools (fingers are fine, and it's better to buy what you need as you find you need it), filter bacteria (if you are planning a fishless cycle), algae magnet (non-scratch kitchen sponge scourer will do a better job), and cleaning brushes (use a - new! - toothbrush).
240 litre Fluval Roma - South American theme
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Have some spare parts for your chosen filter. I keep things like spare O ring, spare ceramic shaft, spare impeller, spare clips, spare nut things that attach the hoses.

A small toothbrush that's only used for the aquarium to clean filter parts is handy. A cheap TDS meter is pretty handy too although not necessary. You can get them for 10 quid or under and they can test temp too.

A couple of micro fibre cloths only used on the tanks to clean the outside glass. I have a small rectangular plastic tray/box thing from B&Q I put my canister filter in when I'm cleaning it out. Saves getting a mess everywhere. Maybe have a couple of towels for tank use only. Your hands always end up getting wet!

A cheap plastic collander is handy when you're filling the tank initially as it stops the full blast of the water stirring up the substrate.

Have a spirit level or borrow one when setting up the tank base and then the tank. You don't want it listing!
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(15-04-2019, 10:09 PM)Suse Wrote: Love the choice of tank. Good choices with Seachem Prime, the API test kit, and most other things. There are mixed views on Fluval filters here but personally I've had a 306 and 406 and no problems with either.

I'd strongly advise considering the Fluval Plant 3.0 instead of the Aquasky, if you are going for a planted tank. Swell UK has the size you need for £162 and the difference would be well worth it. You can economise by saving on the aquascaping tools (fingers are fine, and it's better to buy what you need as you find you need it), filter bacteria (if you are planning a fishless cycle), algae magnet (non-scratch kitchen sponge scourer will do a better job), and cleaning brushes (use a - new! - toothbrush).

Many thanks Suse. Yes the tank should look nice in our room with the rest of our oak furniture. 

That’s interesting regarding the lighting. I’ll have a look into the Fluval plant 3.0. Are they really that much better?

Good idea regarding the other bits and bobs. Can make do and mend with most of the other bits.
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(15-04-2019, 10:33 PM)Jota Wrote: Have some spare parts for your chosen filter.  I keep things like spare O ring, spare ceramic shaft, spare impeller, spare clips, spare nut things that attach the hoses.

A small toothbrush that's only used for the aquarium to clean filter parts is handy.  A cheap TDS meter is pretty handy too although not necessary.  You can get them for 10 quid or under and they can test temp too.

A couple of micro fibre cloths only used on the tanks to clean the outside glass. I have a small rectangular plastic tray/box thing from B&Q I put my canister filter in when I'm cleaning it out. Saves getting a mess everywhere. Maybe have a couple of towels for tank use only. Your hands always end up getting wet!

A cheap plastic collander is handy when you're filling the tank initially as it stops the full blast of the water stirring up the substrate.

Have a spirit level or borrow one when setting up the tank base and then the tank. You don't want it listing!

Thanks Jota. I’ll look into spares and a TDS meter. I saw one on Amazon the other day at a reasonable price so I’ll add it to the list.
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I haven't had the Aquasky but here's a pretty definitive opinion from Fr499y earlier today:

https://www.aquariumforums.co.uk/showthr...0#pid24200

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I have the Fluval Plant 3.0 and it's excellent.

If you were getting the Aquasky free with the tank I would suggest you waited to see how you got on with it first, but no way would I be spending £105 for a brand new one.
240 litre Fluval Roma - South American theme
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(15-04-2019, 11:02 PM)Suse Wrote: I haven't had the Aquasky but here's a pretty definitive opinion from Fr499y earlier today:

https://www.aquariumforums.co.uk/showthr...0#pid24200

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I have the Fluval Plant 3.0 and it's excellent.

If you were getting the Aquasky free with the tank I would suggest you waited to see how you got on with it first, but no way would I be spending £105 for a brand new one.

Well, that’s pretty definitive! If it were a smaller tank I’d risk it, but I’ll go for the Fluval Plant 3.0 in that case. I don’t mond spending a bit more if it’s better (and avoids a poorer option).
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I can highly rate the plant lights. I've had both previous generations ( 1 and 2 ) and they are awesome lights! Brilliant coverage, perfectly blended light and minimal shimmer ( thanks to the spread and shear number of led chips )
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Swap the magnet for an old credit card (magnets tend to get grit/sand stuck between them and the glass and scratch the glass - the only reason I got one was because the Trigon has a bow front that is difficult to clean with anything else, but I wish I hadn't.....) and replace with a small bottle of Melafix for helping to de-stress the fish after moving.
If you're cycling with ammonia, you shouldn't need the "bacteria-in-a-bottle" Wink
The ammonia comes from a DIY/hardware store, not a pet shop. Wink
If at first you don't succeed....
...get someone else to do it! Big Grin

Enjoy your fish, shrimps and snails!
Ian

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Mobiles are way too complicated for me, although I do have one now. Wink
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(16-04-2019, 08:43 AM)fr499y Wrote: I can highly rate the plant lights. I've had both previous generations ( 1 and 2 ) and they are awesome lights! Brilliant coverage, perfectly blended light and minimal shimmer ( thanks to the spread and shear number of led chips )

Thanks for the recommendation fr499y.
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