i may be getting a 30 g tank from a friend - they bought it and never even took it out of the box! it is just a tank, nothing else.
so, i know that i need a hood, a filter, rocks/sand, etc but i don't really know anything else :)
i would like to have live plants so i know i need a specific light for that. i used to have a 10 g tank and i had live plants then and also guppies. i DON'T want guppies again. they were pretty but, boy, do they multiply!
i want freshwater fish. what kind of filter should i get? i was looking online and some filters i found are for "up to 30 g" should i get a filter that is good for up to 50 g or something? or will a stronger filter be bad? i really don't know anything about any of this!
also, can you suggest some fish that are pretty easy for a newbie? i would love brightly coloured fish. i also had kissing gouramis (sp) in my 10 g at another time and they were very pretty. they were orange and blue. i only had 2 in there and i had an algae bloom. i couldn't see the fish for about 2 weeks! the person at the fish store said that the fish were fine in there but it was very strange.
i have heard that larger tanks are easier to take care of than smaller tanks, as in getting the water chemistry right. is this true?
thanks so much for all your advice :)