So I recently set up a 20 gallon tall, purchased a whisper ex30 filter let it run over night with a full tank of water. The chlorine smell had gone away by morning but with the advise of the fish store guy, I still put some dechlorinater in before acclimating the three skirt tetras I bought. I dunno if putting fish in so soon was a hasty decision, but he convinced me I should be fine. I've read up alot about keeping freshwater tanks over the past week to be sure I know what I'm doing. I'd hate to set everything up and end up with dead fish because I didn't do it right.
But basically I'm wondering, in the general opinion of the lovely folk at fishforum, if skirt tetras are a good starter fish to cycle with, which fish would be well suited to join the tetras if this is successul, and whether or not a crayfish would also be suitable once my tank is cycled (mainly because I'd love to have one).
Also if I should purchase an air stone, the filter causes quite a bit of surface disturbance on the water, but I'm not sure if it's enough for the fish in such a tall tank.
Also on the subject of the tetras behavior, I'll chalk it up to being in a new environment for the very first time, but they seem very erratic, possibly stressed I'm not sure. But most of what they've done since I put them in is go back and forth against the side of the tank. I'm worried that maybe the water isn't right for them and they're trying to escape :(
I have not checked ph, I planned to start doing that this week. Being such a young aquarium should I be changing water daily?
Basically I'm just trying to be sure I'm doing the right things for my aquarium, even after stuffing my brain full of aquarium knowledge over the past week.
Thanks for any help and sorry if this is long winded ;)