I'm a newbie and need some help. Due to the limited amount of room in my apartment, I opted to get a smaller tank (despite advice to start out with 20+ gallons). I've owned tropical fish in my youth but still considers myself a novice. Anyway, I've read in other forums that with adequate water changes and careful observation, people have successfully kept a pair of German Blue Rams (male & female) in a 12 gallon Marineland Elipse with some Neon Tetras.
I have a some questions that hopefully you can shed some light on:
1.) Can a pair of Rams be kept successfully in a 12 gallon Nano Cube?
2.) What hardy fish should be used to cycle the tank before the introduction of the Rams? Should I use products that help with expediting the cycling process (i.e. Cycle by Nutrafin)?
3.) Would I be able to add (1) one Dwarf Puffer and (1) one Dwarf African Frog and (5) Neon Tetras in the tank with them?
4.) Since I don't have the Nano Cube yet, I can't determine if there is a port in the back to add an air hose for an air-stone. From all the pics (which are mostly of marine setups) appear that no one sets up the Nanos with airs-tones. I personally like watching the fish interact with the bubbles. Anyone have experience with this?
Any help and tips would be greatly appreciated. I figure that the Nano Cube as with the Eclipse 12 have a 3-stage filtration system and should do an efficient job and keeping the water clean for these fish. Am I correct to assume this? I don't plan on setting this tank up with live plants. I want a really clean and simple setup. I will add a bunch of rocks, caves, and artificial plants for the Rams to hide in.
Any help will be appreciated