I'm new to this forum, though not entirely new to fishkeeping. A few years ago, I had an Eclipse 12 gall that worked out pretty well until it got overrun with brown algae and the fish eventually died. I'm looking to start fresh with a 20 gall.
I cycled my previous tank successfully with Platies so I'm fairly familiar with that, as well as testing for Ammonia & Nitrites. I'm undecided as to whether to try fishless cycling this time around (is it faster?).
That's a little background, now on to my question: I have a male betta that I'd like to house in this 20 gall, but would like some opinions on good tankmates. I've considered Danios and/or Tetras but am open to any other suggestions that might be better. The extent of my experience with fish is Platies, Swordtails, & Danios. I had considered a tank of just a school of Tetras with the Betta......any thoughts on this?
Don't have the specific pH on my water, but I do know it's high. The tank is up & running now with a Penguin 150 filter & Rena-Cal 100 watt heater. I'm just ready to add a few fish to start the cycling--how many would be appropriate to start?
Any advice on avoiding the algae problems I encountered before? I'd like to fix past mistakes so I can keep this one up & running--- and healthy!
Thanks in advance for any and all advice/suggestions