Would like to take the time to say hello to the community and hope that this will lead to growth and knowledge of maintaining a successful tank. I began in February of this year when my kids asked about fish because they had some at the daycare my wife works at. Well 6 months later Dad has become hooked on the hobby and enjoy the care and display that a fish tank offers. My wife often teases now that whenever something comes for the tank its not for the kids its for dad.
Being new I made many mistakes along the way when i first started. Over populating early on and not allowing a biological filter to establish. I think I put 6 fish in 24 hours after i had it set up. Yes some died and I was extremely disappointed in myself for making that mistake. Also had trouble maintaining ammonia levels and PH early on. I still notice a dip on the acidic side, today my water came in at 6.4.
I am running a freshwater tank 29 gallon. Its your basic starter kit that came with filter, light, tank, and thermostat, that you would pick up at a local petshop.
I try to avoid chemicals at all cost and hope that you can maintain a good biological environment without them. Any information is greatly appriciated it is why I joined this forum and site is for the community who also share the interest, and to learn and grow myself.
I also am going to be looking to upgrade to a much bigger tank within the next year, I want to make sure I do it right and appearance is everything to me. Would love any ideas, what to look for, set up styles and equipment that is a must to run a great tank. I would like to venture into a 125-200 gallon setup. Still up in the air on freshwater or saltwater. As I am just getting the hang of freshwater to venture into a new animal in salt water maintenance. However the saltwater side have the types of fish and overall look I would love to display in our family room.
Thanks for taking the time to read and I look forward to all advice, information and knowledge that experienced people out there have on maintenance, purchasing, and building a great setup.