So I'm brand new to owning an aquarium on my own. I recall times when I was young, cleaning out a fish tank, but thats about it.
Long story short, I've had a tank for about 2 weeks now. After reading the stickies, I didnt follow any of what was stated there, and somehow I have managed not to kill any fish.
Within the first 4 hours of running my tank, we added some black skirt tetra's. The PetLand rep was sure they would die, but to my amazement they are still alive. infact, since that day i've added 3 more bst (5 in total), a beta, 2 neons, and a few others i can't recall. All still happily alive, or so it appears.
Here's my specs:
1. Size of aquarium: 10 gallons
2. Is your aquarium set up freshwater or saltwater? Freshwater
3. How long the aquarium has been setup: 2 weeks
4. What fish and how many are in the aquarium (species are important to know):
Black Skirt Tetras (5)
Other Tetras (5)
Siamese Algae Eater (1)
5. Are there live plants in the aquarium? No. Should there be?
6. What make/model filter are you using? AquaClear
7. Are you using a CO2 unit? Nope ???
8. Does your aquarium receive natural sunlight at any given part of the day? somewhat close to the window but no direct exposure
9. When did you perform your last water exchange, and how much water was changed? have not done so yet
10.How often and what foods do you feed your fish? the generic flakes, 2-3 times daily, as much as they can eat in 2 min
11.Is your aquarium light incandescent or fluorescent and how often is it kept on? flourescent, kept on 1/2 the day
12.What specific concerns bring you in with a water sample at this time?
That I haven't followed anything right so far and I am afraid they may choke soon if I dont do something.
That being said, is there anything I should do, or test, immediately? They all seem healthy to me, but what do I know.