Where to begin?
Hello all, I need tons of help. I've been out of fish keeping for like 10-11 years, I recently got the itch and I would really like to get a new tank set up. It's been so long, and I was a kid at the time I have no idea where to begin these days.
What I know for sure so far is that I want a 29g tank. Couple items I know 100% that I'll buy so far include...
Visi-Therm 100w Stealth Heater
API Freshwater Master Test Kit
Basically I'm looking for a list of equipment to buy, like what you would recommend to someone if you were a store owner and someone came in and had no idea what to buy.
Someone told me to get a AquaClear Powerfilter 50 for the tank which seems fine, but I may need something different. I have a bar/counter top area between my Kitchen/Dining room. It doesn't get used, so that's where I planned on putting the tank. I want the tank to look nice from both sides. I'm not sure a hang on back filter will work for this, or will probably look tacky.
I'm not 100% sure on what I want to stock in the tank, but I'll give it a go if it will help with suggestions. We always had big fish back then, I'm looking to set up more of a community tank w/ lots of little active fish. After looking around the various sites these last few days, I'm kinda thinking about maybe doing...
A pair of German Blue Rams
5 of some kind of Cory
5-8 of some small school fish (suggestions?)
Room for more?
The Rams seem kinda scary, I'm reading they're hard to keep alive. But I love the way they look.
I plan to plant the tank, but light. Was thinking of buying one of those kits on the online stores that give you 5-6 type of plants at 1-3x each. That a good idea?
Ok, hope this is enough info! I'd like suggestions on everything I'll need to get started. I plan to do the fishless cycle I've been reading about. I have a budget of about $250 for the tank and equipment. That's not counting the fish. I could probably swing a little more though if need be.
I look forward to your responses. Thanks in advance.