11-07-2013, 09:27 AM
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New to forum and starting my very first aquarium
Hello folks! I'm brand new to this hobby! My almost three year old son is fascinated by fish so my husband and I thought it would be fun for him and a great learning tool (son is autistic). I'm excited to start and have been doing research for the last couple weeks. Thought it would be helpful to join a forum and get help from those of you who have been doing this for a while. I hope I've come to the right place.
So far, I've purchase a 20 gallon starter kit (top fin from Petsmart) and set it up. I want to keep community fish (some tetras, danios, a gourami, and some sort of cory cat or algae eater). I hope my tank can accommodate this. I'm going to do a fish cycle of the tank with 2-3 danios (not sure if 2 vs. 3 makes a difference??) I have read about a fishless cycle and that its more humane, but my son keeps looking for the fish so therefore, the danios. I know I will only be able to add fish very slowly after the cycle is done, but that is okay.
Am I on the right track? Do any of you have some good suggestions on how to stock a community tank of 20 gallons? I definitely don't want to overstock it and want easy fish until I am comfortable at maintaining a stable environment. Thanks!