im realizing it will cost a lot for the start up, but it does seem like once you have it all then it might not be too much to maintain. im going to look for a tank, stand and hood from local people selling them on craigslist or whatever and see if i can get something for cheap. then i can do what you guys said and buy a quality heater, filter, and whatever else i need. any recommendations on the type of filter, heater, etc. to get? i heard a canister filter is best??
heres my idea of the fish id like to do and then you guys can give me some more advice from there. ive changed it since i looked into a little more and since i first posted yesterday.
1 bosemani rainbow
1 red platy
1 pineapple platy
1 topsail platy
6 zebra danios
1 albino bristlenose
i looked at their optimal pH, Kh and temperature levels and i think that should all work if i kept the tank to like 74 degrees, pH of 7, and KH 10. they all were compatible. this is all according to www.liveaquaria.com
i might take out the red platy though and just have the 2. i really like the potential of that setup, look and all. i figured id be able to do it in a 29/30 gallon tank. any advice would be appreciated! ive learned a lot already so ive enjoyed this forum.