Greetings from a not-so-sunny Australian summer...
So, never having kept a fish in my life, I suddenly got this crazy idea that I'd give it a go. A friend of a friend swapped $50 of my hard earned cash for a tank and a pile of extras that I'm sorting through. I've done a solid week of reading but there's a lot of contradictory stuff so I'm hoping I'm in the right place for some advice on putting all this together in some sort of sensible way.
Right now I have a 48"x13x17 tank which I tested and seems watertight so that's a start. Next up is cleaning it and I'm tossing up the best way to do that. A highly diluted bleach solution and a lot of rinsing, maybe?
It also came with an under-gravel filter that I think I won't use but happy to be convinced otherwise as the second filter in the pile is an Aqua One 103F which I don't see being up to handling that size tank. I'm on a tight budget so I want to recycle as much as I can. Not to mention that recycling old stuff is, to me at least, more fun than buying new - aquariums or otherwise.
I plan to only use fake plants, and I have large container full of plastic ones that I'm hoping I can clean and recycle. Again not sure the best approach to cleaning those.
As to the fish... At this point I think I'd rather have many smaller fish than a few bigger ones but I'm still thinking that through.
Anyway, that's me in a nutshell (or maybe a novel). Looking forward to participating in the forums.
Jeff K Posted via Mobile Device