Hey, what's up guys. I'm glad to be a part of this sweet forum. I've always had a love for aquariums but only recently decided to engage in this wonderful hobby.
I spent ages deciding on whether I wanted a saltwater or freshwater aquarium, but eventually decided on freshwater, since I'm a complete beginner and saltwater seems like much
I was looking around the local pet fish markets, which are a famous tourist attraction (Google it guys, there's like a whole block dedicated to marine pets of all types.), bit the bullet and decided on a 10 gallon tank, but then for some reason I got a 4.6 US gallon tank.
It's been cycling for 9 days, with some sort of pinky nail sized white gravel substrate and those hollow cylindrical stones which apparently aid in bacteria production. I've got a 2.5 inch wide marimo moss ball, a little pad of dwarf baby tears sitting inside a hollowed out crab shell, some random pale cone shaped shell with spotted lines, a half submerged 2 inch wide tuft of dwarf hairgrass chilling in a isolation box until I figure out how to tie it down and stop it from floating, some pebbles I borrowed from a friend's established tank, some floating plants that have roughly 3 inch roots and grow stupidly fast, and a pretty standard water pump. I keep forgetting to buy the test kids for ph, ammonia, nitrite and nitrates. I can't/won't post a pic because my tankscaping skills are basically non-existent. I don't think a co2
pump is needed yet - the existing levels of CO2 ppm
appear to be enough.
In my noob excitement I bought a pleco, 6 neon tetras, four black and white angel fish, four rainbow guppies and a goldfish. Yes, stupidly overstocked, now that I've spent some time reading these forums. I was so sad and mad when everything died
I've decided to finish cycling the tank then get some red cherry shrimp and maybe a small crab and a couple of snails. Perhaps a dwarf puffer or two at max.
Sorry for the long first post.
If you guys have any
tips, constructive criticism or whatever, it would be appreciated.