I'm BACK! And looking to revamp my tank!
When I left back in June my tank was on a downward spiral. One bad fish from Walmart killed my entire tank (ich) and since then it's just been sitting there :( I need the community's help!
Now I'm about to come into a huge chunk of money and it's long overdue for the tank to get an overhaul, a makeover. It's 33 gallons and tropical. I just recently got diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis so something that doesn't require a lot of upkeep would be great (I can handle the water changes once a week or once every two weeks), but also vibrant enough for my autistic daughter to really gawk at and fall in love with. :) My friend suggested Cichlids because hers were so low maintenance that she had trouble actually killing them off when it she couldn't afford to keep them anymore (yeah, I know, don't ask.) However I've heard that cichlids require a great deal of care and now that I've been looking into redoing my tank I'm remembering the great times I had with my Mollies and Platties (except for the excessive breeding part lol.)
What do you guys think? A pretty low maintenance tank that is friendly enough for my arthritis and vibrant enough to catch a two year old's attention....I'm open to ideas! I'll just throw it out there and say that in the past I have had trouble with Angelfish and those neon Glofish...they never survived water changes :/
Should I be going the reptile route instead?
I would stick with fish unless you want a reptile if I was you i would go with some hardy fish maybe a couple schools of tetra such as blackfin tetra, serpae tetra,red eye tetra all three of these are extremely hardy and dont need huge water changes and can be kept with a wide variety of fish as long as there are 6 to 8 in each school the only thing is the red eye tetra and black skirt tetra arent real colorful but still get about 4 in. and still are pretty neat looking. You could also do a school of mollies witch come in a wide variety and breed really easy and also are very hardy and good tankmates.Its all up to you just giving you a couple ideas.
Welcome back. Very sorry to hear of your health issue; nothing is as relaxing as a successful fish tank (I'm always falling asleep in front of mine) so let's all work to create it.
Any idea as to what your tap water parameters are? Cichlids are not "easy," and a 33g would mean dwarf species which can be even more fussy. The hardier tetra like some of those mentioned in the previous post are probably the best idea, but knowing the GH and pH of your source water will help us narrow this down. Staying with fish well suited to your water also makes life easier with respect to tank maintenance.
The Mollies were what I had last time but they soon became a problem with how much they bred. I do have a fry net and separate fry tank because when they first started sprouting babies I was ecstatic and fascinated, but now I don't think I'll be able to upkeep an ever growing family of fish...the people who work at my area's PetSmart and LFS are complete dummies when it comes to sexing them and they mostly get females who are already pregnant. I do love the variety of them and I enjoyed them very very much, I may just stick to what I know. :)
Oh gosh it's been so long I'll have to get back in the groove of all this terminology haha! I used to have it down to a science, I'm so disappointed this hobby got moved to the back burner. From what I learned throughout my journey I found my water source was very hard, with a (ph I think?) of around 7-8 and it was tricky to regulate without the funds to afford the good quality chemicals to fix it down to 6-7. After a while I strictly bought gallons of the Nestle purified water (that similar to what mothers use as water for their formula) but it was getting crazy because I'd be buying 10-15 one gallon jugs at a time :/ Your comment "Staying with fish well suited to your water" was definitely a quick lesson learned and was why I gravitated toward the more hardy Mollies and Platties. I don't think the Angelfish liked it very much :/ If I were to have to use my tap water, I will definitely find out exactly what it is and get to back to you, because then we can start from there.
I don't know if anyone has thrown it out there yet, but have you thought of a Betta Sorority? A 33 gallon is plenty big for a good size group of girls as long as you add plants for them to hide it. Getting a group of young girls that are still growing is best so they can grow up together ;-)
They come in a variety of colors and do well in hard water, so no worries about messing with your chemistry. They are very low mantanance and full of personality. You can have 1 for every 2.5-5 gallons, so that's a lot of little ladies! :-D
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I meant to say 1 for every 2-3 gallons planted and 5 gallons unplanted. They do best with hiding places and plants to break up the line of sight, so that the low ranking females have somewhere to go when the alpha is in a mood :roll:
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