I was asked to introduce myself, so here ya go. I'm new to home aquariums and to forums, so let's all hope I'm doing this right! And I apologize for any dumb mistakes in the future....Hopefully they will be minimal! I started my tank on my own without anyone nearby to help or give tips and advice...maybe you guys will fill the void
I started my 50 gal
freshwater tank about 7 months ago. I did a lot of reading and research to get the general idea. But there's just so much, I still feel clueless most of the time. I started with small, hardy fish. I didn't want innocent fishies paying for my inexperience and so far there has only been 2 casualties. The tank itself is well established at this point, I never have any problems or large fluctuations in the levels. At the moment I have several varieties of platy, 3 dalmation mollys, 5 gourami, 3 dojo and about 10 kuhli loaches. Oh and 3 zebra snails. There have, of course, been many fry but I don't use a breeding net. 3 have made it to maturity, 2 platy and 1 Molly. Last time I vacuumed I found 2 platys that aren't yet ready to swim with the big boys. In the beginning I had 3 mystery snails, but they all died. I waited a while then got a few more and they all eventually died too. Guess I just have bad luck with those. But I've had the zebras for several months and they seem to be doing just fine, yay!
I do keep a hospital tank handy. At the moment one of the dojos are in there. With I think a swim bladder problem. I'm on day 2 of the 3 days no feeding then I'll give her some peas and see what happens. Poor thing looks absolutely miserable. But I've heard they're a resilient type of fish so I'm keeping my fingers crossed.
Thanks for sticking with me through this overly long intro! Til next time.