Hi all! I've been reading through these forums for the last few weeks and finally decided to jump into this. I've been looking for a new hobby for some time and I'm pretty excited about this. I do have a history of getting really into something for a short time and then giving up, so I decided to start small to make sure I could stick with it.
Anyways, to the good stuff. I just got done setting up my first tank! I purchased a 10g Marineland Aquarium Kit from PetSmart earlier today. It comes with the following:
1 x Penguin 100 Bio-Wheel Power Filter
1 x 50w Heater
LED Hood-mounted Lighting system (can change from white to blue for day/night time)
I also got a 25lb bag of Premium Aquarium Gravel and a few decorative pieces for inside the tank. And of course I got the all important API Freshwater Master Test Kit.
When I got home I started off by rinsing off the gravel and put down a nice layer. Filled up the tank about half way and put my decorations in and then finished filling it up. Put together the hood, the filter, and the heater and got it all up and running.
I'm a bit worn out at this point so I'm going to wait til tomorrow for my first water test. I live in Las Vegas and we are notorious for hard water, but I've been told by other fish enthusiasts in the area that I should be fine without adding anything special to the water.
So here are some of my questions:
The tank came with a 50w heater... is it necessary for such a small tank? Or does that depend on what fish I want?
Speaking of fish... Here is my initial thoughts on stocking:
6 x Neon Tetra (or other schooling fish)
1x Algae eating fish (Like a Cory Catfish?)
1 or 2 x Some kind of active fish
This tank is my hobby, but will primarily be for the viewing pleasure of my children (Ages 5, 2, 9mos) so fish that are active swimmers and look "cool" are definite pluses.
Lastly, how long should I cycle a 10g tank? If I just turned on the filter tonight, how long before I can add my first fish?
Thanks in advance for any and all advice! Also, pictures will be coming soon!