This summer my 6 yr old son won a gold fish from a carnival. Wasn't too interested in the maintenance, never owned a fish tank before, but of course gave in and now there's no turning back. I'm addicted! Lol. Just to give a back story real quick to bring you up to speed where I am now:
Got the goldfish put him in a 1 gallon round bowl with stone and a little deco with no filter . Had him for 2 months with frequent water changes then added a friend. Instantly realizing, ok now it's time for a bigger tank.
Got a hand me down lighted hood 10 gallon with hang on back aqueon filter, a heater and deco.
Set it all up with water conditioner. Was doing great.
(Didn't realize I had to cycle it.) But didn't really encounter a problem until recently. Ended up doing research to find out what fish could live in harmony with Comet goldfish. Ended up getting 6 zebra danios, 2 rosy barbs and 2 gold barbs. And that's where things started to go downhill...
What I have left now in that tank is... The 2 original goldfish, 1 gold barb and 5 zebras. The rest died and I felt terrible about it.
Here comes the next part to the story. And that's why I'm looking for help advice anything so this doesn't happen again.
I received another hand me down tank from a friend and it's a 36 or 37 gallon I believe. (Not a bowed front). (36"L, 12"W, 20"H). So I wanted to do this one right and not have the problems I had with the first tank. Bought all new stuff for it. Aqueon 50 hob
filter, a 300w heater, air pump and air stone and a 36inch led
light strip with white and blue spectrums. All from Amazon.com because everything was much cheaper there than price gouging Petco.
A friend in the hobby has steered me over to Liveaquaria.com for better fish to buy as opposed to the ones I have been buying at Petco.
Now I have been going "research crazy." Ended up buying plants from there and and substrate and am currently in 1 week fishless tank cycle till this morning when I introduced one of my zebras to the tank to help in the cycle process before buying some new fish. I feel I need to mention that the goldfish will NOT be put into this new tank.
I don't have actaul CO2
and have been dosing the plants daily with Seachem Flourish Excel. I have included pictures and am looking for advice on which fish and how many I can add to the tank. I am interested in Tetras (cardinal black phantom and rummynose) and maybe a Betta. Any advice would be appreciated. I'm being very patient not rushing into anything and want to learn the right way so I don't end up with the problems i encountered through the year. Thanks for reading all this craziness hope it helps to know my back story.