I am a newbie, so new that my tank is still un wrapped in the living room. I am in need of some serious help.
So I bought this 10 gallon tank with a lava fern plant from Petsmart, theguy works there told me I have to set up the tank (put in water conditioner, a bit of fish food)and let it run for about 2-3 weeks before I put any fish in there. He also told me I may put the live plant in right away.Well, around where I live there is a small petsupply store, and told me very different story. They said I don't have to wait that long, 3 days to a week is good enough, and they told me the lava fern will not make it in the tank before I get the fish, because there's no nutrients for the plant.
Who should I listen? I am so confused now. Where should I put the tank if I want live plants in the tank, a east facing room or a south facing room?
I am also using the time to deciding onwhat kind of tropical fish I should get. I Can someone give me any advice?
The tank will have black gravel and salt/pepper stone, along with a wood log (the log is boiling in the pot now to get rid of some of the coffee color)
Any advice would be deeply appreciated.