First off I want to establish my self (my first post :D). I want to appoligise first off because my posts are always so lengthy due to attention to detail (I would like to think thats what it is :P). I'm an avid keeper of herps (dragons, and geckos more specificly) and always put the health of my animals above anything else. I have had fish in the past; I would have been a child or teenager (whats the differance) so I was not the primary keeper of the tank. Ive been thinking about getting a fishtank for a while now so it has been a point of interest, the circumstances just forced my hand to act a bit faster than I wanted. Ok, maby I didnt have to act buy Im sure everyone here can agree with me that these things can happen from time to time.
Over the weekend my wife took our son to her grandpa's surprise birthday party. Short story, the centerpieces for the party had feeder goldfish in it and Jordan (my son) ended up with 3 of them, all maby 2 1/2inches long (what ever the typical feeder fish size is). When I got home from work that night (I didnt go with them) I found some fishl in a tank, or, um... cube, that was a gallon or less in size. Me being the over accomplisher that I am, decided that this wasnt a good home for one fish nevermind 3, so the next day I sent the wife off to the storage facility to find a spare tank. I met her at the pet store after work, she got there before me as was already talking to our local pet guy Chris about the filter we had for the 20gallon tank she got out of storage (we have known Chris for a while: crickets, superworms, ect. Needless to say that fish are his thing and he was super excited to hear what we were there for). After talking to him for a while, we walked out to the wifes car to find that our 20 gallon was actually a 10 gallon. Well, Im not gonna lie I was a little dissappointed to find that thing sitting in her back seat, Chris said something positive, I'm not even sure what to be honest, I just wanted a tank bigger than 10 gallons so ofcourse the gears started spinning. He had some "tank kits" set up out side infront of his store that werent very apealing to me, bowed front glass 20gallon acrylic, 20gallon long, ect. We walked inside and he had a tank sitting on the ground by his desk that he offered to me. It was used and dirty (me cleaning it was part of the deal), Im assuming someone traded it in, hood tank and all. We checked the filter pump, air pump, light ballast: worked, it came with a cleaning siphon, magnetic alge cleaner, net, all the stuff that I needed, minus bio wheel that is comming later this week (he ordered it and threw it in for free) minus heater all for $50 . I ended up spending $100 when it was all said and done (rocks, fake plants, heater ect.) but he gave me a deal on all that stuff too so it was well worth it.
Its a 29 gallon tall Eclipse. I got it cleaned and set up (filled and decorated), the only thing that I noticed was that the pump likes to sit crooked in the hood causing some extra loud noise from vibration. Apparentlly this happens with all of the eclipse style pumps?... problem solved yesterday with 2 suction cups attached to the pump pickup to hold it straight, fits much better and is a lot quieter. Im still wondering if its a little too loud though, it DOES pump fine... do these things get louder and fail (bad internals) or do they just quit pumping? Should I order one now so when this one fails I have another? I pulled out the impeller and it seems ok, again not an expert, lol. The thing could be fine but im just not used to the noise.
There wernt any fish in the tank for the first day and a half, when I came home from lunch yesterday (today is the 3rd day it has been set up) I found that she had already put the fish into the tank. I was going to wait, but... oh well. Im assuming that these things (again feeder gold fish) should be just fine in there while the tank makes its first cycle; something I'm admiting that I knew nothing about untill I found you guys a day ago. I have drained and replaced a gallon or two the last couple of nights as I heard that helps with, umm... somthing, while cycling with fish in the tank... lol, OMG, I know. Im planning on buying a liquid test kit for the water so I can check the levels properly.
ANY INPUT WOULD BE APPRECIATED IM A BIG FAN OF CONSTRUCTIVE CRITISISM.
I would like to put live plants into the tank as well. I read some of the suggestions in other posts and think that it would be somthing that, if anything else would cut down on the noise from the airpump. Should I wait untill after the first cycle? Obviously adding plants would effect the cycle, would it be in a negitave way (remember there are already fish in the tank)? I've also found that, not suprisingly, feeder gold fish arnt really mentioned when stocking a tank, lol. My son is already attached (he will be 4yrs in a month), and is very proud of his new fish. I want to start thinking about stocking but Im not sure where to start. HOW BIG will these feeder gold fish get? I want to have a harmonious tank without fish eating other fish. Ive heard to use tetras, angel fish, ect. but I figure eventually somthing will be overgrown and eat somthing else right (angel fish)?!? Lastly, because this is a tall tank, I would like some diversity... bottom feeders (I would rather not have any catfish), maby wandering school of somthing (more mid depth) and then somthing that preferred the top of the tank. Possible?
THANKS in advance, Ill be checking back later and adding pics!