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Hey guys, I'm Peter and I am a complete noob on aquariums. I recently developed the new passion and would like to know all the details of building and maintaining a 40gal tank, I think (found it in my storage). I'm thinking about going with fresh water, so any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
 

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Hey guys, I'm Peter and I am a complete noob on aquariums. I recently developed the new passion and would like to know all the details of building and maintaining a 40gal tank, I think (found it in my storage). I'm thinking about going with fresh water, so any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

OK what you want to do is get these items at your local fish store or online.
You have a 40 gal tank
Does it have a lid and light?
Filter that supports 80 gal (I perfer canisters but HOB (Hang on Back) is ok)
Heater for 40 gal
thermometer (The ones that stick to the glass work for me)
gravel (rinse, rinse, re-rinse)
Bubble Strip and pump
decorations
start right
test kits

Ok set that all up and fill with water that you used start right in or you could get some big bottles of spring water.

Let it run for a week or two and then check the levels with the test kit. If everything is good, go get a couple community fish, they are hardy and not that expensive.

Every couple weeks do water changes of about 20% or more if needed.

Good luck and enjoy, it's an addictive hobby!
 
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