Hey guys my name is Chuck and I could use some freshwater advice. I have kept reef systems for 7 years so I have a pretty good idea how to maintain a system. If you're curious about my background in aquaria I spend a lot of time over on Reefland.com under the same name.
The problem is that I haven't kept freshwater for 11 years and when I kept them I didn't have access to online forums so much of it was just trial and error. I was also 14......Thinking back I highly doubt I did anything right.
With that said I just inherited a 55 gallon freshwater aquarium from a friend. The setup is so simple it actually amazes me and I know it's in dire need of an upgrade.
55 gallon aquarium
1 hob dual cartridge filter
200w unknown brand heater
about 15lbs of misc colored gravel
I added a dual T12 striplight and a timer this afternoon.
I have lots of aquarium equipment laying around....I believe I have enough to run atleast 2 more full reef systems if I needed to. In all this I know a lot of it will not be useful for FW including skimmers, reactors etc.
What I do have is an abundance of spare aquariums but nothing larger. I believe I have 12 50 gallon breeders a few 40 breeders 30 or so 20 gallons, even more 10 gallons and a variety of others. I also have pumps, powerheads, a canister filter, hob cartridge and biowheel filters, UV, carbon, PO4 remover, an RO/DI system, filter bags, lighting...which I don't believe will be important unless I go planted at some point. I have a spare CO2 tank and regulator, on and on and on.
I have lots of test kits including a Colorimeter and digital temp and ph probes that I could use as well but I don't believe many of my titration kits will be of any use.
With all that in mind this aquarium came with four extremely large fish. Keeping reefs all these years I have a good understanding of Bioload and I believe this aquarium is an extremely unfit environment for these four fish possibly for even one. The first fish is an Oscar....I have no idea the species yet. The second is the standard Plecos you see for sale everywhere....I believe Hypostomus punctatus
. The Oscar is 13". The pleco is 14". The other two fish are about 6-7" a piece and I have no idea what they are. I believe one is a male and the other is a female as they are marked differently and one is an inch or so shorter. They may be some sort of Cichlid but I don't know yet. I just got this moved in here and when it settles I'll get some pics posted for ID purposes.
I don't mind reading so if anyone has any reads you think I need to see please link me to them. As an aquarist and Biology major I strive to provide the best possible environment for my inhabitants. If I need to find a more suitable home for these fish I will do so. I don't mind spending some money if need be but with everything that I have I'd like to make use of what I can first.
What do I need and where do I go from here?
I'm open to any and all advice.