Hey there. I'm a newbie, not only to the forums, but to fish and aquarium care in general. I love animals, and have always loved watching documentaries on national geographic, animal planet, ect.
Do to some recent changes in my life (mainly work!) I've gotten a huge interest in aquatic life.
It all started with a little Betta fish who stole my heart, and within a few weeks I've gotten myself wound up into having a big fish tank that I've lept into without fully educating myself on it. (Which I'm now Kicking myself for.)
Lets start with my tanks:
My little Betta fish is named Kryoh. He is a gorgeous halfmoon betta who has a black head, and the rest of his body basically has peacock colors. Blue, Green, Turquoise, and occasionally a brilliant brownish gold to his tail. He also has a line of white coloration to the bottom of his ventral fin. I adore this fish :3 And it is so much fun watching him swim around in his big tank. (Well, big compared to the little cups they live in, or the 1 gallon bowls often suggested for them.)
His tank is the Aquafin 180 degree view 3.5 gallon tank, with about two and a half inches of a soft gravel on the bottom. He has a beautiful Asian setup (An Asian garden ornament, and bamboo ornament) and some little fake plastic plants and is often swimming about in the middle happily. The tank DID come with a filter. But the current of the filter is too strong for him. So it is currently unplugged, while I figure out if I can put a heater in its place instead. I'm very proud of his tank!
He is fed mostly Tip Fin Color enhancing Betta pellets. Though a few times I have given him Freeze dried bloodworms, and Tropical fish flakes. He mostly inhales his pellets though. And gets normally 3 in the morning and 3-4 at night. I usually pluck any uneaten food out of his tank.
Since I've had him for more than a week, he recieved his first partial water change (as most guides do suggest weekly water changes for bowls.) I did at most, 15% of this changed. And he seems to be pretty content.
Hopefully I'm doing okay with him. My mom thinks it's silly that I've gotten so attached to a fish, but he is so cool. He even swims up to see me whenever I sit down next to his tank and watch him.
My next tank is the one that I wish I would have done more research on before getting it. It's been set up the same amount of time as my Betta Tank. (about a week and a half)
I got a great deal, and was able to but the tank and the stand together, and got a huge discount on my entire purchase. I would have waited to get the tank when I had more knowledge, but it was a one weekend deal for me to get the massive discount. So in I rather foolishly dove! >.o
Anyhoo, the tank is a Marineland 37 gallon with LED
Day/Night light. I bought an Aqueon AP150 (150 Watt) heater. The Filter is a Penguin Powerfilter 350. I was told that when picking out a filter, you want to have one fitting twice the amount of your tank size. Which is why I chose the penguin 350, which is for tanks up to 70 gallons.
I am hoping this was an appropriate choice.
The tank has a great current! It has all silk decorations, but looks natural with smooth gravel, green and red plants, a small bamboo ornament, a small sized dragon bubbler, an Asian lantern, and a great big wood-looking piece which has many hiding holes and spots for my fish to swim through.
I love the design! And fully intend to do tropical semi-aggressive fish.
However: Being inexperienced, I followed the advice of "when it's been running for a few days, you can slowly start adding hardy fish."
I didn't know about the nitrogen cycle until a day or two after I got my first little fishies. So far everything IS okay (asides from a bit of murky water). But I'm about to go to the store for a water testing kit today.
Right now, I have 3 giant danio's, and two Botia Kubotai's. I had no idea until I brought my little Loaches home, that they aren't the best fish to get at first. (I wish that I would have known before hand) I've been keeping a big eye on them when they come out. So far they appear to be fine. And I hope they continue to be so as well.
They were, at first, being fed sinking shrimp pellets. I discovered to my dismay that these weren't being touched, and were just degrading down into the gravel instead >_< Needless to say, they have now been switched to sinking bottom feeder tablets suitable for loaches. I'm only putting one in at a time for now, since I don't want my water quality getting any worse While the tank is cycling.
The Danio's are being fed a mix of tropical fish flakes, and freeze dried blood worms. At first they were eating quite a bit, but now, I assume from the stress of the tank cycle, they have slowed down eating just a tad. (However they are still very active during morning/nightly feedings. I've just cut down the amount of food to be sure they are eating all of it.)
My main predicament is that I knew nothing about "new Tank Syndrome" or the Nitrogen cycle. I'm concerned about my fish, and want to be sure they are going to make it through okay and unharmed. Certainly not something I will do again without research. Adding more stock to my tank is on hold for at least a month, until I know it is safe to add more fish. (and add them slowly at that.) I've added a bacterial supplement with my fish to help speed the process along, and hopefully help my fish make it through the first cycle.
Yesterday I did a 25% water change, and this morning added the remainder of my bacterial supplement. I Really regret not researching the cycle prior to this, as I did not know the fish got so stressed
Here is to a newbie, learning from her mistakes, and trying to prevent herself from making any more.
I'd appreciate any and all feedback if possible. Just please don't bite D: I know I haven't gotten the right door out of the door the first bat >_< But hopefully with the right guidance I can fix this mistake.
Thank you for reading (especially if you made it this far!) I can't wait to explore more into the aquatics world, and as always, learn as much as I can! It's nice to find a community dedicated to helping each other out
So I'll be around reading as much as I can!