Originally Posted by farmerjane
Thanks a lot for your advice, I think I will have to get a hardy species of fish, I would like to learn all about aquarium but I don't want to be a fishkiller by making mistakes. I am also regreting not getting a bigger tank because it should be easier to take care and I can have more choices of fish to put in. Oh well, there's always another time I guess.
Upgrading your tank is pretty easy once you learn about aquarium keeping. My first aquarium years ago was a 10 gallon. Hadnt had any aquariums in like 4 years when I got my 29 gallon. And now, only having it for a couple of months, I am already talking about a 55-60 gallon! It's very addicting!! And of course, the larger the tank, the more options of fish you have. But 10 is a good start for small tropical fish. Just make sure you research what type of fish for your 10 gal fish, and verify how big they will get. Some petstores dont really know how big, and their fish ID cards arent always correct. In my personal experiance with a 10 gallon, I would not put any fish in there that gets any bigger than 3 inches full grown, and the larger they are full grown, the less fish you can safely keep in the tank.
Of course the bonus of starting out smaller is that decor and tank needs are a bit cheaper, the fish too. lol
Sadly, fish dying is going to happen, especially with some of the community tropical fish. Another reason I like my cichlids, they live longer and some of the types of cichlids arent as picking. But cichlids come with other issues of their own (cost, larger tanks, aggression issues...). My fully cycled 29 gallon has 2 small cichlids and HAD 2 golden algae eaters...came home from shopping this evening and my smaller algae eater had died
. I had only had him in there for like 2 weeks. He wasnt ate or nipped on, just flipped over and died at the bottom of the tank. Its my first loss in the tank, and my water readings were all normal. Of course, considering I got him at Petsmart, I am not THAT surprised...although his brother is still kicking.
If you allow your tank to fully cycle, check your water regularly, do partial water changes, feed your fish, and all that other good stuff, your fish loss will be minimal and if one does die you will know you did all you could to give it a great tank life.
Enjoy your first aquarium, and the people here are always friendly and non-judgemental...just feel free to ask as many questions as needed. I have a lot of experiance with aquariums, and I still have plenty of questions that I bring here to get answered from others that know more than I or that know about different things that I do. I tend to have more questions with details regarding tanks vereses the general, but I always try to share what I know.
Good Luck!! And again, WELCOME!!!