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and another qustion really how hard do u think it is to take care of fish and what would be a good fish to ...
Taking care of fish is actually pretty easy once youget the needed know how. Just follow the advice you get here and start slow and you shouo\ld be fine.
As for cycling a tank with fish, Danios, I think Zebra danios are recommended most oft he time as they are very hardy. I thikn a good ratio is 1 for every 2 gallon so that the cycle is complete and will support other fish. If you are adding other fish after the cycle is done and want tokeep the danios then 1 for every 5 gallon will wroki but you have to add fish slowly.
I've seen zebra danios in price from $1.50-$5. When cycling using fish I would test the water no less than every 3 days, every other day prefereably and do water changes of at least 25% if not 50% once a week
A gravel vac is always helpful, just get a Python kit. As for food for danios, they are fine with just normal tropical fish flakes but they also really like frozen brine shrimp, blood worms, etc. If you plant the tank, you will have baby danios eventually (otherwise they just become dinner!).
Just an FYI- I used the product they mention, BioSpira for every tank I've cycled with 100% success. I also tested my water once or twice a day during cycling with fish, and changed out a small amount of water if necessary. I cycled with a few danios that are still with me today. If you aren't prepared for the water testing and changing, go for a fishless cycle. [/url]
i started with a 10 gallon and it was a big pain in the rear. i really didn't know what i was doing. i made every classic mistake, and it took a long time to correct it and get it under control. But once i got the maintenance down, and stopped overfeeding- it takes very little time to keep my tanks. i would reccomend 20-30 gallons to start with- MUCH easier to work with. small mistakes won't screw you so much with larger volumes of water. (plus you can stock is with more fish).
I also cycled my tanks with danios, and they are still with me as well! very hardy fish. I cycled very very slowly, so they were never in any danger.
i reccomend a 30 gallon, start with 4-6 danios. (steer clear from the long finned types, they are targets for fin nippers). if you really want to play it safe, add the danios in batches of two or three, a few days apart.