..Too late now, I guess..(already bought 2 tanks and thinking about another one..
I'm so deep inside this now that this hobby seems to have consumed me completely..so addicting...
Hi All those enthusiasts and fish lovers..I'm glad that I stumbled upon this forum for I've learnt a lot in the last one month and doing things the right way.
It all started with my boy asking for a pet and how he enjoyed playing with our friends dogs whenever we visited them..WAF (Wife Acceptance factor) was a big NO for the dog (haunted by childhood memories of being chased by a dog and I don't blame her). So, we have been dodging him for a couple of years now and finally convinced him that we would get him an aquarium..
Last month found a deal on a 60G aquarium and made an impulse buy on it and after it was picked up in the van, I look back at him in fear and ask him "Are you sure, you want to take this home? We can still return this and I can get you a toy!!! he refused and a month later here I'm staring at a 4ft empty tank in my living room going through the fish less cycling.
Looking at the size, wife said she wants the tank on the floor so the boys won't pull it down..Had to convince her and spent time and more $$$ to get additional reinforcements so the tank won't go down even during a 7.2 richter earth quake.
Initially went with a Fluval C4 filter and then read on the forum to always have a backup filter and twice the capacity. Ended up setting up another Fluval 406 and the difference is worth it..
Currently shopping for plants and stockings..Meantime, read about the benefits of QT and the fear of messing up the DT with infected fish from LFS
forced me to buy a 15G to use as a QT which is going through a fish in cycle with 3 platys..
Water tests are showing progress and I'm being religious about the PWC
and routine tests until I get this right without causing any harm to the fishes..
I look up to all the guidance I can get from the members of this forum and hope I can succeed in making this an enjoyable hobby for both my sons and myself!!!
Thanks again to everyone and all the articles that has been guiding me...