I am from Melbourne Australia.
I spent the greater part of yesterday reading posts on this site and others and decided that this community seemed to be the most informative for my needs. There are some great posts with brilliant advice.
I have just started in this hobby and it has already escalated into a passion. My 40l tank is 6 weeks old and, despite some awful advice from the LFS
(I am 'interviewing' new LFS
's today) I seem to have done an ok job with only the loss of 4 neons who developed the dreaded ich then died in quarrantine (one survived and one just disappeared??????). The tank is medium heavy planted and currently contains: 2 Platies (with 2 Platie fry), 6 neons, 2 rummy nose, 2 painted widows (which I will NEVER purchase again after reading the process they are put through-just another reason for finding a new LFS
) and 3 little glow lights. The rummy nose and the neons have formed a school and they race eachother around the tank.
I do a 50% WC
each Sunday with a thorough gravel vacuum and a 25% on Wednesday. I think this is what has helped keep the environment healthy. (I did use medication and increased H20 temp to eradicate the ich as the tank is planted so I couldn't use salt) I have already done battle with a snail infestation and I have learned to treat my plants before adding them to the tank.
So far, fingers crossed, the environment seems to be doing great. The LFS
told me I didn't need a water test kit but having read a lot of posts I believe that I probably should have one. I'd like to know what is going on in there. (The LFS
wouldn't even test the water for me before I put the first fish in) Again, I think the frequent WC
has so far saved me from possible disaster despite the LFS
saying that once a fortnight 20% would be enough.
I have a second tank, 20l with a male and female coral (dwarf?) gourami. I can only say that I didn't have any idea about the issues associated with these lovely fish when I bought them. I am getting a larger tank shortly so figure that I will move my community into that one and then move the Gourami into the 40l. I can only hope they don't have the dwarf Gourami disease. They are such friendly interesting creatures.
This hobby is rapidly turning into an obsession and I really look forward to the day when I believe I am sufficiently experienced enough to graduate to a big marine tank.
So hello to every one and thank you all for your informative posts that I have read making this process more understandable and enjoyable. I look forwaqrd to interacting with you all.