Hi, I think I've already gone down the wrong alley after reading a lot of the starter links. Here is my basic setup.
1. Size of aquarium (# of gallons) 23
2. Is your aquarium set up freshwater or saltwater? Freshwater
3. How long the aquarium has been setup? 2 weeks
4. What fish and how many are in the aquarium (species are important to know) 1 plecostums, 1 fiddler crab.
5. Are there live plants in the aquarium? I have one but I don't know what is.
6. What make/model filter are you using? Whisper 20 gallon
7. Are you using a CO2 unit? no
8. Does your aquarium receive natural sunlight at any given part of the day? It's in the middle of my living room that gets a good amount of sunlight.
9. When did you perform your last water exchange, and how much water was changed? This saturday. We did 50% of the tank.
10.How often and what foods do you feed your fish? Bloodworms 2x a day.
11.Is your aquarium light incandescent or fluorescent and how often is it kept on? Bottom lit from a fluorescent bulb 24/7.
23 Gallon Coffee Table Fish Tank (plexi glass octagon)
20 Gallon Air Pump (Whisper, i think)
5" Air stone doughnut
20 Gallon Whisper Filter
1 live plant (can't remember the name right now)
1 Plastic plant
glass rock for the gravel
Underlit by fluorecent
I honestly don't feel comfortable with this being tank as I did before I read the starter topics. Everything seems to say the tank should be off the floor, not in direct sunlight, and lit from the top. So, is a tank that's lit from underneath bad? Also, I didn't realize that you had to "cycle" a tank before you put fish in it. I kinda feel bad cause I've manage to kill 3 fish because i didn't know this. Third, I did no research on what fish play well together. I had a beta, dwarf puffer, a silver looking catfish, Placostumus, and a crab.
I still have the placostomus fish and crab in the 23 gallon tank, and we moved the catfish to a 1.5 gallon tank since he looked like he was eating at the other fish. He ate all the fins off another placo and our betta. The puffer died for unknown reasons, but i believe it's due to a badly setup tank.
Anyhow, Should i keep the left over animals in the 23 gallon coffee table tank, or should I move them to a 10 or 20 gallon tank square tank? I put blood worms in the tanks for the catfish and crab, but they don't sink at all? Would that be ok w/ them. The crab, catfish, and placo are still alive so I would assume so. Let me know. I don't want to kill anything else.