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Very new
#1
Hi everyone, 
I’m very new to this hobby, and joined the forum earlier today.
I’ve bought my tank today, an Aquatropic 65L, and am going to get all other equipment except for fish of course, on Friday when I’ll have time to set things up.
I’ve been reading up all I can about how to set up and cycle, but admit it does seem rather tricky, I, hoping it’s not so complicated once I get started. Some articles advise adding food, and some say add Ammonia? Which please, and is Ammonia available at the aquarium/fish suppliers? 

Also I’m hoping to run my tank as a community, I’ve been advised for the size of my tank to get 3x 6 fish shoals of Tetras/Platy/Molly types and perhaps a Gourami and  a Shrimp/catfish, does that sound a sensible number for the size of my tank. 
Thank you for your ideas and help.
Gill.
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Hi Gill, and welcome to the site. I a newbie too, although you wouldn’t think it with all my posts....I ask a lot of questions, which was encouraged when you’re starting off with this great hobby. Everyone is very helpful and will guide you on your way.

I’ve just finished cycling our 168l tank with the help of everyone here.

Would recommend you use ammonia which you can get in general hardware stores or maybe the supermarket ? I live in Spain and got it from a hardware type shop.

Read the guide to cycling which can be found by clicking on Guides & Resources you’ll see at the top of the page right hand side.....I read that time and time again Big Grin

Then ask as many questions as you need, there’ll always be someone here to help.

Good luck and keep us posted !!

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(10-02-2019, 09:49 PM)Annie Wrote: Hi Gill, and welcome to the site. I  a newbie too, although you wouldn’t think it with all my posts....I ask a lot of questions, which was encouraged when you’re starting off with this great hobby.  Everyone is very helpful and will guide you on your way.

I’ve just finished cycling our 168l tank with the help of everyone here.

Would recommend you use ammonia which you can get in general hardware stores or maybe the supermarket ? I live in Spain and got it from a hardware type shop.

Read the guide to cycling which can be found by clicking on Guides & Resources you’ll see at the top of the page right hand side.....I read that time and time again Big Grin

Then ask as many questions as you need, there’ll always be someone here to help.

Good luck and keep us posted !!
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Thanks Annie, I think I’ll be reading it time and time again too. 
And it’s good to know that I can ask plenty of questions, because I’m sure I’ll have to.
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Hello and welcome Gill Smile
We normally recommend using Jeyes Kleenoff ammonia, it can be found on online not sure what stores (amazon usually have it). You can cycle the tank using ammonia or fish food but it is much easier to control when using ammonia.
As Annie has said there is a guide:
https://www.aquariumforums.co.uk/misc.ph...elp&hid=11

We will help guide you with any issues/questions Smile
With regard to stocking you will want to look up your water hardness, this can normally be found on your water supplier website. Its measured in degrees german(dgh), clark (english), french, or ppm. This will determine whether you can keep hard or soft water fish.
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And Hell is afraid I’ll take over! 😈
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Hi and welcome to the forum Gill Smile
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Welcome to the forum. Big Grin
There are two ammonia products that are available from the LFS, one is Dr.Tim's, the other is made by Waterlife, but they are far more expensive than the Jeyes. Wink
If at first you don't succeed....
...get someone else to do it! Big Grin

Enjoy your fish, shrimps and snails!
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Oh heck, I guess from the replies that ammonia isn’t freely available in the UK. Good you can get it from your aquarium supplies shop Wink

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(11-02-2019, 10:57 AM)Annie Wrote: Oh heck, I guess from the replies that ammonia isn’t freely available in the UK. Good you can get it from your aquarium supplies shop Wink

It is - from shops like Robert Dyas, even Homebase, B&Q, not sure about Wilkes, but Wilkos may stock it.
Too many people buying online these days..... Wink Big Grin
If at first you don't succeed....
...get someone else to do it! Big Grin

Enjoy your fish, shrimps and snails!
Ian

All my posts are from a desktop.
Mobiles are way too complicated for me, although I do have one now. Wink
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(11-02-2019, 01:18 PM)plankton Wrote:
(11-02-2019, 10:57 AM)Annie Wrote: Oh heck, I guess from the replies that ammonia isn’t freely available in the UK. Good you can get it from your aquarium supplies shop Wink

It is - from shops like Robert Dyas, even Homebase, B&Q, not sure about Wilkes, but Wilkos may stock it.
Too many people buying online these days..... Wink Big Grin

Ah did wonder if it was a prohibited product. Easy to get then.

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