Although we are still cycling...I think we are nearing the end...hopefully... but I figure it is time to look ahead and would like some stocking suggestions for this tank.
Marineland Emperor 400 filter, Tronic 200 W heater,
Solarmax HE 36" T5 lighting system (21watts) with 10, 000K daylight lamp
API Master Freshwater test kit.
1 Marineland blue light bubbler--not blowing bubbles....stuck to top of tank shinning light down wards (I had it on the bottom but was told the light shining upwards would disorient the fish---so no bubbler)
pH: stays around 7.6-7.8...after cycling want to get it closer to tap pH of 6.8...but one issue at a time
Keep in mind---tank is in bedroom of 2 boys (1.5 & 3.5 y/o) so I can't have fish that will be bothered by the occasional loud noise. I have them trained, the boys, to not touch the tank...Mommy and Daddy say if you touch the tank the fish will die....being as we have already lost 3 (they only know about two) the lesson has settled in! Granted they were not responsible for the loss...but gotta take advantage of the moment when you can. Now everyone who even comes close to the bedroom gets a stern warning by my 3 y/o. Even when I do PWCs....Mommy are the fish going to die--no honey...mommy can take water out without touching the tank...
Me and my big mouth....
We have 4 lemon tetras. I love how active they are. They truly are a part of the family already!! They come see me when I go to check on the tank or test the water. Now testing about 2x per day...so they are used to seeing me... We used to have five...lost #5 during cycling
...we miss him/her. But the loss has made us do right for the other 4! Should I add more to help complete the school??
We did have platty's (2)....and we will not be having them again. Not because they passed, but because we swore they were deceased half the time and I had multiple panic attacks...I don't react well to deceased animals.
Am I the only one who thinks they look like they are swimming upside down all the time???
Will be adding about 6-8 Glofish. Per my research they are not dyed, their glow capability is the unexpected result of genetic modifications done for environmental research.
The tank only has artificial plants...research of plants seemed like they were a lot of work and I wanted to focus on the fish first. If you think my conditions (light, filter, substrate, etc) can support a few plants and that would open our fish options I am open to considering easy to care for plants that you suggest.
I would like peaceful fish...easy to care for---if that exists! This is our first tank! Please let me know if you think the tank needs more artificial plants too and any other suggestions!