03-24-2011, 10:25 PM
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Awesome you will love this hobbie! congrats on the 55 gallon tank! i started with a 10 gallon and quickly kept jumping up in size, so you did well at starting with the bigger one cause you would have been buying it in time anyways lol
My suggestions is to map out your plans first and start doing research on anything you can think of.
Fish compatibility, adult sizes of the fish you want, how many fish your tank can hold , proper water change methods, proper food, proper feeding, chemicals, equipment, introducing new fish, quaratine, how filters work(ie bacterial, chemical, mehanical), etc etc.
But other than that, angelfish are not very difficult to keep. What I suggest is if you will go with Angel, build your tank around their needs ( what fish get along with them, how many your tank can hold at adult size, etc). Pretty much google how to keep angelfish or something and read as much as possible.
You can make something like mine with real plants and driftwood, but you'll need certain lighting systems, plant substrate, etc. That's a whole other research endeavor for you lol
Just make sure your 3 year old doesn't try to do anything in the tank (pouring new water in that isnt treated for chlorine and chloramine, over feeding, or putting dirty hands in the tank with anything on them that could kill the fish), and just looks, this is going to be your responsibility to keep the lives of the fish safe since he is so young. But if you want you will be able to create something like mine but to your own taste and your child will be in awe watching the fish in their underwater oasis.