Just got back from Big Al's.
We went a little crazy, as usual.
We bought live plants for the first time! Yay! Unfortunately they told me I don't need fertilizer. Now that I'm home and reading profiles of the plant, it says I should have some. I'll have to go back Tuesday. They're closed tomorrow for Canadian Thanksgiving.
So we bought 4 crypts. They were buy 3, get one free. I put them in the 35 gallon Red Tailed Shark tank. We moved the apple snail out of that tank and into my Rainbowfish tank, so that the shark can have the whole tank to himself.
We also bought (shudder) bacteria in a bottle, so that we could add fish today. I'm pretty sure it's just snakeoil, But I wanted fish NOW so what the heck. You only live once.
Last night I did a google search for "tropical fish keeping forum hardy enough to withstand cycling" which brings up all the profles from this site of fish that can withstand the cycling process. (Hopefully the effects will be minimized by the bacteria in a bottle, who knows). So two of the fish that came up, Black Widow Tetras, and Lemon Tetras, were on sale this weekend for $1.99 for 2. So I got 10 of each. Sounds like a lot, but it's a 220, and they're small. I cycled my last 55 with 10 mollies, and they were HUGE compared to the little fish I got today.
We also got a bristlenose pleco for my 55 gallon Rainbowfish tank. We got a Pearl Gourami and another Silver Dollar for the Silver Dollar tank (which brings us to 4, which is really all we have room for). He's the same size as my other 3. And of course we got the red tailed shark for the 35 in the kitchen.
So we got 24 fish and 4 plants. My wife worked 8pm to 8am, got home around 9am, then we went to Big Al's, just got home around an hour ago. So she was EXHAUSTED in the store, and it took forever choosing all those fish. She's passed out now and I am enjoying our new fish. Will post photos and videos later.