Hello there, I'm Luke and I've just started my hobby with my tiny tank and lovely 4 platies. I'm now looking to upgrade my tank, currently I have a 13L tank with a built in filter system and light from Pets at home. I have 4 very happy platies, but due to rubbish advice when I first started over a month and a half ago - I lost 2 minnows in the start up/ cycle process.
I'm enjoying so much learning about all this and above all keeping my fish happy that I'm wanting to get a bigger tank as I know x4 platies in a 13L tank is a push... So wondering what the best options are? I was looking at the BioOrbs 30L tank? Is this a good tank? Also - when I cycle the new tank can I use the filter sponges from my old one to up the bacteria? How long is a cycle usually? I've read 2 weeks?
Also I currently do not have a heater with these lot and they seems to be fine at 24-26degrees C. If I get a bigger tank and other fish - I'm assuming a heater would be advisable?
Looking forward to becoming an active member and I'm enjoying learning! I've attached some pictures of my Platies and tank