I did post in the "Introduce yourself" forum but here's a quick recap...
This is my first ever venture into the world of tanks and tropical fish so I figure I need all the help I can get - and this forum seems like just the friendly sort of place I might find some sensible advice.
I plan to use this thread as a sort of general diary of where I'm and and hope some kind souls will steer me in the right direction when I'm getting at all completely wrong... The Tank:
I have have a second-hand 48"x13x17 (40 gallon/170 litre-ish) tank that came with bags of accessories that I'm slowly working my way through and figuring out what's what.
I've tested it for leaks, cleaned it based on advice in another thread, and I'm in the process of finding a place for it inside the house while trying to avoid my wife's wrath at moving too much furniture.
So that's it. Seven days into my adventure and I have a clean, watertight tank that's hopefully finding it's place in our house this weekend.
So far I'm planning this will be a tropical, unplanted tank with many smaller fish rather than any larger ones - but there's plenty of time for me to change my mind between now and when it's finally set up.
I'm looking forward to chatting with people here and all advice and comments will definitely be gratefully accepted.