A blank canvas is great but it is hard to decide where to go with it.
I test the source water (normally tap) to check the natural parameters - Ph, Kh
, Ammonia, Nitrites and Nitrates. This can give a guide as to the type of fish - Gh
probably being the deciding factor.
Then decide on small shoaling fish or larger show fish.
Small fish appreciate good a planting which can look fab. Larger fish can be destructive.
Look at the pictures of tanks on the net and see if you are inspired. It's hard to change course mid build, just causes extra work so taking your time to plan is well worth it.
Good luck with your tank. I settled for heavily planted, small tetras and Red Cherry Shrimp and am pleased with the outcome.
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