Hi, everyone. Glad to have found AA.com and am looking forward to chatting with you.
I had a couple of small aquariums (7 gals. and then 10 gals.) when I was a girl in the early 70s. Didn't have all the necessary resources to keep fish and plants healthy, and eventually lost interest--and livestock.
My hubby and I live in Southern California. He is a veterinarian and supports my desire to add fish to our menagerie. We have an aging Sheltie and two cats, all of which are rescues. I'm considering a 40 gal
. freshwater tank and am trying to learn all I can before "diving" back in (sorry!) to the hobby. So in that spirit, I'd appreciate your input on some things:
1) Would it be OK to place the aquarium upstairs by a window under the following conditions:
--The window is kept closed except on balmy spring afternoons and summer nights, and then we open it a few inches.
--There are semisheer fabric blinds on the window. The blinds would be kept down, and the blinds' panes would be louvered so that they are perpedicular to the sill. This would admit some light to the shadowy room but the light would be filtered by the semisheer fabric of, and surrounding, the panes.
--The tank would have a blue or black background taped to the back wall.
--The tank would be moderately to heavily planted and would have a glass canopy and light strip(s).
--The pets would not disturb the tank.
--The house was built in 2001, so it is up to code and the floors are sturdy. I'm not very concerned about the tank tipping over in an earthquake. Should I be? In the 70s, my 10 gallon tank sat on top of my dresser and it survived a fairly strong shaker. But then again, my parents had a one-story house.
2) I own and have read "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Freshwater Aquariums" (although I certainly don't feel like an idiot!) and "500 Ways to be a Better Fishkeeper." I'm currently reading "Setting Up a Tropical Aquarium Week-by-Week." Need to learn more about fish, plants, aquascaping, and maintenance. What would you recommend?
Thanks for sharing your insights. Best regards!