Earlier this month on my girlfriend's birthday we considered getting a goldfish + small setup for us and our cats to enjoy and we soon learned that we would be best off with a small freshwater tank. We were recommended a 10 gallon kit on sale and went home to complete the setup.
After setting everything up we found out there was no dechlorinator included with the kit so I decided to read online about the process for adding fish/maintaining the tank. A few hours later I determined, much against my girlfriend's desire, that we needed to properly perform the fishless cycle (with which I was completely unfamiliar is a thing) and delay adding fish as initially advised.
Almost a month later and I am finally starting to see some Nitrites just as I was giving in to the pressure of introducing a lone hardy fish to initiate the process. Included in my profile somewhere is the link to my database (will include after post) for water testing and I hope to soon be adding some fish!
We really like the neon Tetras and plan on getting a handful of those as our primary fish. Our 3 cats should be able to see them pretty well and thoroughly enjoy them as originally intended! We have already setup an ottoman for them to perch for hours. So far I have found answers to most of my questions through reading but as I get closer to introducing fish to my tank I felt compelled to join the AA community as a go-to for fish advice. I have learned much from the guides on his site and appreciate everyone's contributions, I hope to give back in the years to come
I am considering a new filter, possibly hang on back or external -- any recommendations for a 10 gallon tank? I have seen good things about the Fluval C3, Fluval U2, and the QuietFlow series from Aqueon.
Also I have read about filter media/bio material for beneficial bacterias to persist as I maintain filter cartridges, any suggestions with the mentioned filters?
Water test database:http://goo.gl/eUjYoL