I will be setting up a 10g tank soon (as soon as I figure out where to put it) for my bluegill to go into. (I will be increasing the size of his tank slowly) and I want to cycle it before I put him in it. I want to cycle using fish as this is the easiest way I know how to do it. (Yes, I know it is not a popular way to cycle)
I plan on using the following for the tank.... 10g Tank Florescent Light
(it comes with the light hood. Its old so if it doesn't work I will be getting this.. http://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...093&lmdn=Price
(color optional) (if there is a better substrate for plants please let me know) Top Fin Filter for 10g
(only because I'm broke and can't afford the good stuff) Rock Decor Live Plants
(I have not decided on specific plants as I am not sure what would grow and survive well. Any suggestions?)
Tank Inhabitants will be a single bluegill (currently an inch long) and a plecostomos. (Yes I am aware they get huge. That is why I will be increasing the tank size as they get bigger.)I have not decided on any other fish to go in the tank but suggestions are always welcome. I have been told bluegill are aggressive and should only be kept with other aggressive fish or those of their own species. Since I cannot go find baby bluegill out in the wild very easily, I'm going to have to settle for either just him or trying to find some other species that can live with him until he gets bigger and I can put him in a large tank with some adults of his own kind that I can catch and keep. (though, knowing my luck, it is probably illegal to even have this one.)
He is about one inch long now and is going into a 10g tank. I plan on moving him up to a 20g long tank as soon as he begins to get too large for the 10g. At what length can I expect to move him to the 20g long?
So once I have the filter running, water in the tank and the gravel in (I plan on putting the decor in as well, but I will leave the plants for when the tank is done cycling, unless it is good to have them in during a cycle.) I will not be able to invest in a master test kit just yet so I will be relying on the test strips from work (I work in a petstore) How do I get started? I used to know this stuff, but I have not kept a freshwater fish tank in years.
(I will also be using this thread to keep a log of the test results, pictures of the tank as it develops with decor and plants, and my experiences with cycling this tank.)