Hi everyone, I'm new here,
I've had a fish tank for about 7 years (55 gallon) and just now actually reading on how to take care of it properly. Luckily, we still have some survivors from when we set it up, so we haven't lost too many along the way. But I have a few questions, did I read that I don't need to replace my filter cartridges every month or so? Because I have been for years, and they aren't cheap! Also, we don't have one of those "bio wheel" things either, just the regular filter cartridges. If I get a bio wheel, how often do I have to change that filter? Or do I even need one?
I'm very interested in adding live plants as well, right now we just have fake ones. But I read a little and it seems that I have to do all this extra work by adding things to the water to keep them alive? Are there any plants that don't require anything special that you know of? Or maybe I should just stick to my fake ones?
Thanks in advance, I know I probably sound so juvenile, but just I started taking an interest again.