Hello all, my name is Max and I am new to this forum. I am 22, from Minnesota, and two days ago I purchased a 50 gallon tank to start my new hobby.
Like I said, I bought a 50 gallon tank, put the 50 lbs of gravel in, filled it up with water from my bath, got my heater and canister filter going (Fluval 206), and put the following ingredients (and the proper levels of it according to the back of each bottle) into the tank: API Aquarium Salt, API Stress Coat, and Top Fin Bacteria Supplement.
After doing this, I added 4 minnows to the tank, as suggested by the employee in the fish department at Petsmart, he said that doing that would help with the bacteria cycle in the tank.
This was all yesterday, today I worked all day and when I got off, went to Walmart (only because it is open 24hrs, trust me) and got 8 gold fish and some gold fish pellets. I originally only went there to get a little food to feed to the minnows (I got floating gold fish pellets for them, do minnows even eat those?), and for some odd reason thought that by getting more 12 cent fish it would help my tank..
Anyways it is 1:30am now and I am just curious if I am doing everything right so far.
I haven't done any water changes, and I don't have a water test kit. I can bring water samples into Petsmart and have them test my water, but it would be a pain to have to drive across town over there each time I wanted to test my water, so I will probably buy a test kit tomorrow.
My roommate has a 55 gallon salt water tank, he has some equipment for it such as a gravel vac and a net etc., is it okay for me to use those things as long as I rinse them out first, or no?
Also, I am very interested in having live plants in my aquarium, and I believe because I have fluorescent lights that is something that I will be able to do? When should I get/put the plants in the aquarium? And what kind should I get?
I doubt that it matters right now, but I plan to have a semi-aggressive tank.
Here are some pictures I thought might help.
Any thoughts or comments would be very appreciated, I am new to all of this and not totally sure what I am doing!