first i would like to say that, i'm a complete noob. i've watched my mom feed her Goldfish
, fed them myself a few times and have had a male betta in a 1 litre betta bowl. i recently found out that they need more room so i picked up a used 10gal that came with 3 Goldfish
(going to my mom's next weekend) an aquaclear power filter, a home-made net cover thing to keep the fish from jumping out, a net for catching the fish, a bucket for cleaning, some food and cleaning detergent things and what i think is called an air-rator (there's a motor with a tube attached that has a thing that looks like a rock at the end and it blows bubbles in the water).
after i give mom the Goldfish
(they seem far too large for this tank and i'm concerned that their mouths are big enough to fit my betta) i plan on housing squee IV in there and would like to get a small community going as well. i heard that male bettas will attack other long-fined fish like mollies (though i think they are beautiful) but other then that i don't know what would work well for a small 10gal and a betta. i was thinking neons because they're small but again i don't know if they work well with bettas. and i love catfish but there's so many types that i don't know which one i should get.
i've tried browsing through the site in the freshwater section but i'm completely lost. the pictures of the fish were very pretty though and i can tell that you guys really know your stuff and strive to take excellent care of your fish. but that was about all i could get out of what i was reading, perhaps i was reading the wrong stuff though...
i'm hesitant to just ask the sales people at a pet store as i know they are just about anyone that they hire off the street. perhaps they are more knowledgeable with fish but i know from experience they know nothing about rats and very little on dogs or cats...
i am looking through the internet on how to get a tank started and maintain it but i have not yet come across anything that i can make much out of. the sites i keep stumbling across seem aimed for people that already have experience with tanks, which i have VERY little of. so any advice in which fish i should look into, how to maintain a community, or some ultra-beginner websites i could look at would be greatly appreciated.