Okay so I acquired a 30gallon through a friend. Its not the best looking aquarium. But I figured itll do. I can possibly spruce it up.
Could you guys PLEASE help me?
Look here are some of the fish Iam looking for(no Iam not looking to get them all in one tank. I just want to know which one of these would thrive in this tank):
-Gulper catfish(I hear they are active, small 6inches at most and have that channel catfish look and dont grow humongus)
-Golden catfish(ived seen them in a store I worked at and grew up to 5-7inches. Id like info on these)
-Cichlids(jack dempsy, fire mouths, etc.)
-Puffer fish(any kind except pea puffers)
I like these fish because they are interesting to me I guess. They have the same attitude as my turtle does(ived seen them in action before). They like to beg for food constantly. They rarely hide. They are somewhat active. Etc.
I also like shoals of fish. But id rather see what larger fish I can keep on this tank. Also I have a fluval canister filter(well actually two of them). Iam hoping to cycle the tank.
I am getting sand(smallest grain), As for ornaments id like a sort of rockwork kind of thing. I hate those cheesy ornaments that they sell in stores. So Iam saving up for the expensive ones they sell there since they atleast look decent(drift wood, soft wood like ornament, etc).
Iam looking to getting fake plants and maybe some live floating plants. Id like to use tons of air stones(keeps the water moving). I have some powerheads but Iam trying to fix them at the moment. Also Iam thinking of making my own foods. See at this other forum that I went to. I was told its best to prepare your own foods for reptiles rather than commercial pellets and such. So I was thinking ID do something called "gel suspensions". Where you get colorless, odorless, chem-less gelatin, you get the foods you want it to eat, put it in a blender add a bit of calcium powder and vitamin powder and blend it all and then mix it up with the gelatin. So its a natural balanced food. Iam also wanting to start it on pellets first. Then use gel suspensions. Also any good sites or places to buy fish from? I live in nj. Most places sell me sick fish.
Please respond asap.
Also could you tell me how to do a fishless cycle? For my turtle tank I just used feeder fish. . . Because I didnt have the time to do a fishless cycle. But since Iam getting the carpet removed and putting in some tiles in my room. I need to reset my tank. Iam wondering how I can do a fast cycle. With everything restarted.
Please and thank you.