Buying a tank(With
some advice, do not believe the guy trying to sell more or better or....)
A plain and simple 80*40*40 cm tank (Don't fall for the special offer of a complete closet with everything in and on it, if you decide you like the hobby the same offer will still be available in a year, and probably by then you'll want a completely different type of tank).
-Choose between a prefab hood which is more expensive, but looks a lot nicer than a loose fluorescent light with a starter next to the tank.
-A single bulb, Gro-lux or warm white(cheapest) will do fine. (Remember you have to change the fluorescent light every 6 months to a year).
-A thermometer. (You want an alcohol thermometer, internal, with a suction cup. Check them, since usually 1 in 5 doesn't show the correct temperature, and will be off a degree or 2. The red ones I find easier to check than the blue ones but that personal).
-Gravel(5-10kg, not too small, not too large, not sharp)
-A heater( for an 80 cm tank buy a 100 watt heater, with a temperature dial, not the cheap old ones with the rubber cover).
-A filter(internal or external, should be able to do 80-120 liters of water=300-400 liters of air!!! per hour, Eheims are good)
-Cotton,if necessary for the filter a bag of green cotton and a bag of white cotton
-Active charcoal, 1 box
-A very good waterconditioner(tetra aqutan, Sera, Kordon, for example, check first with your water supplier if they use stuff like chlorine), depending on the values you receive from the watersupplier a watersoftener, maybe some stuff to bring the pH down.
Don't buy much more, no plants and definitely
no fish at this time. A nice backside panel or picture maybe.
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