Soooo I have read for awhile, read the thread recommending posting specific details about our (new tankowner's) tanks and setups for better details, and decided to join today.
First off, hello to all. No intro thread here so this is my first post, a bit of background: I am a Marine and awaiting a slot at a school (28 April). I grew up with tanks of various sizes as a kid, from little 5 gallon hexes to 75 gallon freshwaters. I have become more and more interested and this year my lady friend got me a 26 gallon tank kit for xmas and this is what brings me here.
So this is what I have:
its this tank: http://www.aqueonproducts.com/products/bow-front.htm
with one of these "deluxe" kits: Aqueon Products Aqueon Aquarium Kits
(it has the submerisble heater)
Now I know it is not the greatest but I am ecstatic my GF got it for me and would like to use what I could. I am leaving in April and plan to give my fish to my very experienced fish obsessed friend, so they will be moving to another responsible owneer. I am responsible and willing to care for them so that is not an issue. However because I will be leaving I am not looking for anything too rare or pricey fish and plant wise. I have read about cycling and all that, and understand it, however am seeking some more advice.
I would like a few cichlids, maybe a shark or two, and some sort of algae eater/pacostomus/cat (depending on whats best). I want a saltwater tropical tank, with a decent amount of color. I am thinking live plants but am not sure.
what number/type of fish would be good? I would like one or two decent sized cichlids (2-3")
live or fake plants? am I going to have time for them to mature or is it not worth it?
what should I swap out of the kit?
any and all advice is appreciated and happy holidays!