I'll be sticking with fresh water for a while as I'm not that brave yet!
I'm hoping to get some fish that are quite colourful as the danios and minnows have almost vanished in the larger tank. I have no idea if I could keep shrimp in an ambient tank, I've always thought they look cute. I saw a stunning fighting fish at the retailers and fell in love with him but I'd be heartbroken if he bullied my minnows (we've come a long, long way together!)
Populating a tank is seriously difficult if you have to consider temperament, temperature, gravel vs sand, healthy water to fish ratio, hiding space etc etc. It took me 3 months to pick my zebra danios and I only picked them to see if I could keep them alive. The minnows seem to be indestructible! One jumped out of the tank on my second day of looking after them. I found him half an hour later covered in dust behind the bookcase the tank rests on. I was shocked to find out he was still alive. He's thriving now somehow.
I'm excited to be looking for new additions. Any suggestions would be great. I am also considering some real plants although it seems even scarier than fish keeping!
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