This is a really great place and I have learned a lot just poking around in the last few days, thank you all for generously sharing your knowledge and experience!
I just got involved in the this highly addictive hobby at Christmas. My daughter wanted to get a GloFish, which I honestly thought was an iPod app.
Long story short(er) I got her a 5 gallon Aqueon Mini Bow with a built in filter, we added a $15 heater and we were in business. Three days later we had 5 dead fish and I finally started learning a little.
I found a local fish store with a nice patient guy who started my education. but what he told me was that he would not even sell me a 5 gallon tank for tropical fish and I should really get a bigger one.
He has a 29 gallon Aqueon tank, with filter and heater (It's an all in one box deal) he will sell me for $95.
It sounds like a good deal but don't want to buy this and then 3 weeks from now say 'Dang, I should have gotten a canister filter, or a better heater, or something else I am not smart enough to know I am missing right now. i don't want to say money is no object but I'm the kind of guy who will spend an extra $50 to get better quality if it makes sense.
Final details all you good people may need to help steer me, I think we would lik to keep some community fish and I'd like to consider some live plants if that would work.
Thanks in advance for your generous sharing of time and experience.