My name is Sarah and I recently began on the path to becoming an educated and enlightened fish parent. I'm 19 and when I was 14 I started working at a pet store and learning a lot about fish. We had a 90gallon tank which successfully housed South American cichlids and later on, fancy goldfish. This was my mom's tank and sadly, it began to go south. Recently I took over the tank and did a ton of work to it but I was too late and the last of our fish passed on. The tank has been taken down do to a need for some minor construction in that room, but I decided to continue on my journey myself.
Last month I bought myself a 37 gallon tank and decided my goal is Angelfish. I've been cycling with neon tetras, maybe not the best idea I know but I would rather keep any survivors than have to rehome them (as if I used goldfish). So far I've hit a lot of speed bumps for different reasons (some being my own fault that I've learned from) but I am happy to say that the last batch of little guys I added are all still alive and doing well.
I've come here to learn more about the maintenance of my tank. I know some people may not necessarily recommend the fish I've decided that I want to house together (Angels, Rams, Neons, possibly Cardinals and Otocinclus) but I think I can make this work. Our cichlid tank successfully house oscars and angels together in harmony, the angels were actually the bosses of the tank
Mostly, I am here to learn about filter maintenance as I've never dealt with a canister filter before this one and I need some education!
Here is a photo of my tank before I added the new driftwood centerpiece:
and here is a closeup with the driftwood. The ceramic tile is no longer in the tank as it was only there for a few days to make sure the wood stayed in place after it had been soaked for a few days outside the tank: