Newbie getting her feet wet (haha)

Vollmond

Please forgive my terrible joke in the post title.

I am Ayla and I'm just getting into the hobby. I kept fish as a kid, but we all know what that means (my deepest apologies to many goldfish and plecos that shouly not have been in a 10 gallon tank).

I'm located in Nova Scotia, and my research is showing me that my Canadian context certainly creates some unique challenges, at least as far as product and medication availability. I have some questions in this vein that I will toss in the appropriate boards.

I'm in the process of setting up my tank now. It's a paycheque-by-paycheque process as I am starting from scratch, but so I will be planting my tank next week when I have a chance to rent a car and get to my LFS.

I'm setting up a 20 gallon long planted tank. I have two sponge filters running (in order to work with GirlTalksFish's method of always having a cycled filter ready for quarantine tanks). Pool filter sand as my substrate. I intend to plant heavily, and expect to be ready for fish by March, once I give the plants a chance to establish. My stocking intentions are: 7 or 9 Harlequin rasboras, 5 or 7 cories of a smaller type (I'm open to what's available at my LFS that fits my tank parameters), and 3 honey gouramis. AqAdvisor indicates that this is understocked, which I'm comfortable with. I'll be adding each type in one at a time to allow for time for the tank to stabilize. I realize I'm probably being way more "safe than sorry" than I need to be, but I'm really dedicated to doing it right and giving the fish the best chance at a good life as possible.

I've been doing tonnes of research and I feel like I'm well situated and I'm really excited to get this tank planted. I've been enjoying GirlTalksFish and FishForThought on YouTube.

Any other maritime fishkeepers kicking around? I don't know anyone else in the hobby locally!

Thanks for reading, I look forward to learning lots through all the information here (and have already learned much!)

Ayla
 

AggressiveAquatics

Welcome to fishlore! I know you’ll like it here.
 

Dennis57

Hi Ayla, and Welcome to Fishlore.

Sounds like you are on the right track.
We have ALL been there when we first started off.
 

StarGirl

Welcome to Fishlore!
 

CTYankee79

Welcome!! I like your stocking ideas
 

Vollmond

Welcome to fishlore! I know you’ll like it here.

Thanks!
Hi Ayla, and Welcome to Fishlore.

Sounds like you are on the right track.
We have ALL been there when we first started off.

I appreciate that! Thank you!
Welcome to Fishlore!

Thanks!
Welcome!! I like your stocking ideas

thank you! I'm really excited about the gourami cuties.
 

Aprilbeingbasic

i completely agree with understocking! its much more relaxing haha My tank is also understocked. I would say whilst you're there at the LFS look at getting some bigger snails, they will help get things clean. Likely you will get some small freebie snails on your plants and they will also help with everything Other thing is if you are going to plant heavily you are going to need to get root tabs. pool sand has no nutrients. there are DIY things out there to save you money
 

SecondTime

Welcome! This is an awesome place full of helpful and kind people as you can already see.

We're stocked similarly and I love my little Panda Corys. You can ask your LFS to order them for you. The wonderful part of this is, if you can pick them up soon after they arrive at the LFS, they won’t have to go from bag, to tank, to bag, to your tank. Saving a couple of transfers will reduce stress on the little guys.

Sounds like you are really thinking this through and proceeding carefully. You tank will benefit greatly from that!
 

Cherryshrimp420

Setting up a tank can be extremely cheap if you know what to buy! Good luck!
 

Vollmond

i completely agree with understocking! its much more relaxing haha My tank is also understocked. I would say whilst you're there at the LFS look at getting some bigger snails, they will help get things clean. Likely you will get some small freebie snails on your plants and they will also help with everything Other thing is if you are going to plant heavily you are going to need to get root tabs. pool sand has no nutrients. there are DIY things out there to save you money

Thanks! I was kind of wondering about snails, I'm going to look further into that. They're so cute!

I've already got a few packs of root tabs at the ready! I'm a gardener in the warmer months and I'm also excited to have a little indoor garden to tend as well!
Welcome! This is an awesome place full of helpful and kind people as you can already see.

We're stocked similarly and I love my little Panda Corys. You can ask your LFS to order them for you. The wonderful part of this is, if you can pick them up soon after they arrive at the LFS, they won’t have to go from bag, to tank, to bag, to your tank. Saving a couple of transfers will reduce stress on the little guys.

Sounds like you are really thinking this through and proceeding carefully. You tank will benefit greatly from that!

That's a helpful suggestion, thank you - I'll talk to them about ordering so I can time that as well as possible!
Setting up a tank can be extremely cheap if you know what to buy! Good luck!

Everything seems to be so expensive out here compared to out West! Shipping costs to the east coast and just having such a small population that the demand isn't great seems to drive up costs of everything (I also sew, and the same fabric is SO MUCH cheaper when I buy it in Toronto than when I'm in Halifax). I'd like to avoid PetSmart or whatever it's called, but I was able to shop around from a few of the online Canadian aquarium specialists and managed to lower some of my costs that way.
 

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