Originally Posted by Caliban07
Do you know how many litres or gallons the tank is? This information will help us make some recommendations for you.
Oh OK. The tank is: 54L, Size 52.8x30.2x46.4cm. I have attached a photo. Still have more work to make it look better. That's a plastic goldfish toy at the bottom from the fish shop, so not toxic.
The tank was given to me by a person I had told about my wish to start another tank. I wasn't sure if to use it at first, because it's taller than my old tank. My old tank years ago was wider and lower. I noticed that most fish I was interested in swim in the middle, and I had put most decorations on the ground. Then thought there must be ways for decorations to be higher, so bought tall plants, and think that would look nice with fish swimming around them.
Have some bogwood, but that's soaking it before adding. Want to grow plants on wood too. Will look at other tanks for tips on other ornaments.
I set the tank up ages ago with gravel on the ground, and then liked the look of planted tanks on youtube videos. I was searching for information on how to have a good planted tank, and was told the only way plants will grow is with soil type substrate. Then had bad advice from a pet store and bought the substrate designed to be under gravel, so the whole tank turned muddy. Then was told that if I just wanted soil type substrate with no gravel on top, there's a kind of substrate with small hard balls where it doesn't make the water muddy. Then I read that you don't need soil substrate to have plants in your tank, as plants get their nutrients from the water anyway. I was fed up, so changed back to gravel now and put real plants in the gravel.
My ideal fish are a school of neon tetra, but the water where I live is too hard, so thinking of getting some kind of mountain minnow instead. I might not even heat the tank, and just keep at room temperature. Or if I decide to heat the tank, would get platy fish.
Although there aren't any fish yet, I have unintentional snails. There must have been snail eggs in the moss balls, as there were suddenly lots of small snails, but they're still too small to tell what type. I think the moss balls were from a heated tank in the store, but the snails seem happy at room temperature, moving about the glass and eating the algae.