So I am definitely a novice when it comes to aquariums. So please, be gentle on the criticism. Let me also say, that I have also read tons of these threads on "what to do", and i get even more confused. Every answer seems to open another question, which may be what is so intoxicating about it? This is an exciting and involved hobby, but for the beginner, can be utterly DAUNTING! I will totally accept links to threads that may help, but please, don't roll the "read the beginner tank thread noob!" Heres what id like to have:
I have a 29 gallon that i would like my crayfish (large, and i mean LARGE, hes in my pics) to live in as well as species that would be compatible. He is very temperamental of the other fish, even though he is well over twice their size. Suggestions on substrate, sand vs gravel? I know live plants aren't a go bc he will eat them. He is currently in a 5.5gal with a pleco and dwarf Gourami.
The big tank is not even wet yet, so id like advice on best cycle method (I was thinking a fishless shrimp, with a seeded "bacteria in a bottle method"??), species to board with, and any other helpful suggestions.
I am prepared to hear that he should stay in his own tank, but it would really be nice if i could put him in the big tank.
My Dwarf Gourami and Pleco have lived with him in his tiny little tank thus far and have been doing well.
there are no alternatives, and he should be left in his own tank, I still need help on setting up my 29. Again, help on advice for substrate and cycling method would be most helpful. I would like to have sand and live plants, and what cycle would be best. I have not chosen species to be in the tank yet (I know, dont yell at me) but this freshwater tank stuff has morphed from a simple "fish for my kids to look at", to an obsession of mine, and an absolute information OVERLOAD!
HELP!! I HATE sounding like a noob, but i cant read one more conflicting forum website where all the advice contradicts one another!!