Hey all, just joined the site after spending most of the evening browsing google for "Freshwater Aquariums" lol.
Guess I'll just give my fish history and a quick pic of our new tank...
To start off last August I took my girl friend to the fair and I ended up winning a fish at one of the games. I had nothing to keep it in so I ended up paying $20 for a tiny little 6" box with some pink rocks in it, and a tiny case of food haha.
I'm honestly not sure what kind of fish it was, but we called him nelson and I wasn't expecting him to last long. We had him in that little box for a full month! So I decided one day after work I was going to buy a real tank. I went to the local petsmart and bought a 5 gallon tank with all the goodies (just basic setup)
But when I got home to show the GF what I purchased she informed me that our little fish nelson died :(
So the tank sit for a few months and she went off to college and we finally decided to put the tank to use and we bought a few tiger barbs and a few weeks later we purchased a chinese algae eater.
We didn't have the algae eater but two days and we came back from dinner to find him laying on the desk the tank was on :(
We kept that tank untill around thanks giving when we went out of town and entrusted our neighbor to feed the barbs...well with our luck she left the window opened for a good 3 days and our poor little fishes froze :(
So we returned to her dorm, and while I was cleaning the tank out (in the bathroom) I went back to her room to get the filter stuff to clean and when I returned to the bathroom someone had stolen my tank!!!!
Then Christmas rolls around and she ended up getting me a 10g starter kit. This time I went out and bought a heater, 15g filter, over head top + light, some bubbles, and other misc goodies. Hoping that this attempt at a nice tank will go over smoothly.
I'm still very new to aquariums, but I bought the tap water cleaner chemicals, and some salt for a freshwater tank, let it cycle for a week and purchased a baby upside down cat fish "killer"!
Since then we bought a dalmatian molly "Dottie", and a rainbow shark "bo". Our shark bo managed to jump out of the tiny 1" space around where the filter sits in the hood :(
We waited a week and she bought me a new one we named him "sky"
Here is a quick picture, only one I can find ATM.
It has a little bit more plants in it, as well as some bigger rocks! on the left side of the tank!
Its been a good project so far, I'm hoping it will last untill I can get a new apartment and hopefully upgrade to a MUCH larger tank. I still have ALOT to learn though.
I've been doing water changes with some milk jugs. Just found out its a better idea to try to siphon the gravel out during a water change so we'll try that next week!
Oh well, sorry about the block of text! Hope you enjoy! Questions, comments, advice is welcome :)