Originally Posted by MBilyeu
I agree, unless you want to spend the money on over-filtration and a large tank, the goldfish family is not really what you want to have around right now. I would double check to make sure your tank is cycled and your readings are definitely zero for ammonia and nitrite. Then you might want to look into fish that are colorful which I believe a toddler will like more. Possibly look into 4-10 fancy MALE guppies, a blue dwarf gourami, and either a group of cories or my favorite...3-4 BOTIA type loaches. They are very active and fun to watch once they are comfortable in their surroundings. This does not include clown loaches or dojo loaches since neither of those will work in your tank. These are types of fish that I would personally pick, there are many more out there that will work as well as many that wont. You might want to browse the freshwater fish section of liveaquaria.com and look for fish that are peaceful and will do well in 20-30gallon tanks(says in the upper right hand grey box). You then could go to your local fish store and be armed with knowledge of what you want beforehand, so you don't buy something that looks good in the store, but wont work for your tank.
I Forgot to add in my first post my ammonia was High when I tested and I did a treatment for it and after a bit it still had not cleared when I made that post. the next day the the ammonia was really low. then I tested AGAIN and it was higher so I did another treat ment. Now 1 day later its really clearing up now and testing 0.
Your correct. I want colorful fish. To be honest the lfs doesnt have much and Im a good 45 mins away from the nearest "city" My wife liked the moores and the feeders were colorful they were first to start off thie fish hobby Im getting into.
Then I found this forum. And my ideas changed. I mixed some fish together. And there getting along great so far.But Ive also learned alot in the last month of *phishing this forum* But I agree with you all the feeders and Moores are not what Im after as far as a tank set up go's.
Now when I say Im moving them to the 10gal. Its temporary. just a few days. Im going to give the feeders to the lfs, and just keep the 2 black moores in the 10gal for the wife it can be her tank ( Tho Ill do all the work like I do wiith "her cat")
But I do want a more colorful tank with maybe 2 or more schools and a *center piece fish* something a little bigger.
Also: My tank is really clearing up. I did it a day ago. I remember PH was 7.1 And I cant remember now if it was nitrates or nitrites but one was at 0 the other.75? ammonia was low.25. I cant remember the nitrates/nitrites exactly to be honest. my appolgies.
I think it went threw a mini-cycle. It started after I cleaned the tank. And I think I may have moved the gravel and sucked up to much and it went to a "re-cycle".
Any help on stocking, and opinions on the current tanks test feel free to chime in. Im here to learn.