Hello everyone! I am new to the site and found you guys through the horse forum!
For a little background, a few years back I got a 5 gallon "Eclipse Corner 5 Aquarium Kit" for christmas. We set it up all decked out with guppies and sucker fish and a few other kind too! Honestly though, we really
didn't know what we were doing (I was really only about 11 at the time and I'm 16 now). After killing a couple batches of fish
we decided that'd it probably be best to give the fish tank a break. So now, hear we are. I would really now like to give the fish tank another go, and being older I believe I'll be able to take better care of it. Also I have a little sister who was two at the time that we had the other fish and she didn't help them out much.
So now, hear are some of the questions I have for you regardinig my new aquatic paradise!
I want to make sure I do everything right this time!
1.) How many fish can you put in a 5 gallon tank? Depending on the size isn't it something like 1 gal per 1 fish?
2.) Can you use water conditioner and remover at the same time? Example: Using NovAqua+ (water conditioner
) and AmQuel+ (removes Nitrate, Nitrite, Ammonia, Choloramines, and Chlorines)
I am wondering if anyone has any suggestions on the type of fish I should purchase? I'm looking for a hardy breed that's colorful. I was thinking maybe goldfish? I'd like them more hardy because sometimes in the winter our power goes out and I'd be worried about it getting too cold for them. Our house stays around 65-70F degrees in the winter. I'd like to put something else in the take besides just goldfish, but if they aren't going to survive that goldfish are fine!
I do have a little heater for the water, but I'm not sure if it still works.
3.) Do I really need a heater? And if so how much does a little one generally cost?
4.) When it comes to decorations I read that it is recommended there be 1 1/2-2lbs of gravel per every 1 gallon? Is that true? Just curious!
5.) I also have a small little 1 1/2 gallon tank that is triangular that sits in corners. It's just like a little beta (I believe) fish tank no heater or anything. Too keep my sister from trying to mess with my big 5 gallon tank, I was wondering if I could buy her just one fish to care for and put it in that? Maybe like a beta or gold fish or angel fish. I think it would be too small for a gold/angel fish however? Is it? Do angel fish get big?
6.) I was also thinking about putting an angel fish in my 5 gallon tank, but I've heard that they can be aggressive towards other fish so I'm kinda worried about it trying to fight with my other ones.
7.) Also, how much do test strips usually run for a fish tank? I'm just curious!
As you can see I'm fairly new to this so any and all advice would be appreciated!!! Oh, I do know about filters and such however!! Thanks!