Hello, all! This obsession began with a little 6 gallon eclipse in my office and 3 angelfish--I moved from fake plants to real (I had terrific luck!). I had a tank when I was a teenager - goldfish, with an undergravel filter--not the best smelling
but the new filters are incredible!
So, a few days ago I was speaking with a client about wanting to purchase a large one for my home, and he told me he had a 3 year old 40 gallon bowfront and all new accessories - and he sold it to me for $100--I was up at 4:30 this a.m. working on it!
So here is what I have: a 40 gallon, glass bowfront tank, an Empire filter, a 200 watt Rena heater, and of course a Rena air pump.
I chose Caribsea Tropic white sand because my home is in tropic, plus I love salt water fish but wouldn't dare go there yet. I rinsed it in a large pan, only 2 pounds at a time, I used 60 pounds total so there is about an inch and a half layer at the bottom. The tank of course is very cloudy, as the sand is fine. Any idea as to when it will clear up, or things I can do to help it out? Should I be running the filter? I've heard they can get broken - but my intake is high enough from the bottom so it wouldn't pick up clumps of it... second question is one that I get different answers everyone I ask - If I've placed a start up bacteria and a dechlorifyer into the tank, how long before I can place fish into it? and finally, last question--I'd like to put cichlids into the tank...in one that large, could I also put angelfish? How many fish can I have?
Thank you for anyone's help!