It's up to what fish you like,miso find a fish that you want to get and we will start from there
Do you think I should start the boiling process just now and then leave it in water till the tank comes?
If purchasing your own fish tank I would recommend having it custom made from a glass manufacturer, as its cheaper and more practical. You can also specify the dimensions of the tank that you want, how many gallons etc. You can also ensure high quality and durable glass if you order the good quality ones.
If the water line is going to bug you, fix it now (but level the stand, not the tank). Adding water won't level your floor (if it does, I'd suggest moving).Its about an inch off level. Will this maybe even out after I add some water or am I best to fix before I am freaking out lol.
Instead of buying a whole branded aquarium, you may want to have it assembled by a glass supplier. Not only can you choose dimensions but is also much cheaper.I don't know what you mean?
If the water line is going to bug you, fix it now (but level the stand, not the tank). Adding water won't level your floor (if it does, I'd suggest moving).
Instead of buying a whole branded aquarium, you may want to have it assembled by a glass supplier. Not only can you choose dimensions but is also much cheaper.
Short answer, no.I was thinking it may not be 100% accurate reading since its layed on carpet with thick underlay below it, but it probs won't matter as both sides should be creating equal pressure.
Is the tank going to be at risk of damage if its filled unevenly?
That's my only worry.
Got an 18mm strip of mdf under one side and its all good now. The work begins.Short answer, no.
With two Platies in that tank you won't see the end of the cycle. Nitrites should remain 0, Ammonia should stay below what you can easily identify as green.My ammonia was 0.25 ppm 2 days ago
What am I waiting for regarding nitrate and nitrite levels
With two Platies in that tank you won't see the end of the cycle. Nitrites should remain 0, Ammonia should stay below what you can easily identify as green.
The biobloom is good, it's actually a better indication of your cycle in this situation. Once it clears up fully, if Nitrite is 0, you're good to add more fish.
If you can handle the constant monitoring and likely water changes, you can get a bunch more fish, but your current bb colony won't support it. The way I've done it is to add between 50-100% of the bioload at a time. So if you want 2 more Platies, that's 100%, if you want a Snail or a Cichlid, that's 100%, 4 Otocinclus would be 80%ish... Wait for the bloom to clear, keeping an eye on Ammo and Nitrite, and do it again.
Just a word of caution regarding stocking - you said that you would like a pair of cichlids, possibly firemouths. They are wonderful fish and full of character which I suppose is why they are popular.
Many years ago I had a 3 foot tank, 30 gallons and, like you I wanted a community tank so I had a few guppies, half a dozen neon tetras, a few Corydoras, that sort of thing. I also got a pair of firemouths.
Everybody got along well, the firemouths were a bit bullish but nothing that was a problem ......... right up to the point where they decided they wanted to raise a family.
The male decided that he was going to establish a territory and not allow any other fish to enter it, unfortunately his territory was the entire tank apart from about 6 inches on the left hand side. He bullied every other fish in the tank and they all ended up corralled into just 6 inches.
The other thing they will do is dig pits in the gravel for their brood to sit in. You have asked how deep a substrate you should have, well if you keep firemouths thy will decide that for you. You'll come down in the morning and find that overnight they have totally rearranged your tank and decor, uprooted your plants and moved a lot of your gravel to a place of their choosing.
The majority of dwarf cichlids in my experience behave in a similar way, I had Kribensis do the same and also Elliottis Cichlids. My Male ElliottI actually hunted down all the other fish and tried to kill them, he would have done just that if I had not seen him and relocated all the other fish to another tank.
By all means get your Firemouths, as I said they are wonderful fish with great personalities; watching their spawning behaviour and the way they care for their eggs and young is awesome but be prepared for upheaval if they spawn with other tank mates present.
Another Platy is good, the Pleco (depending on species, size) is about a 300% increase to your bioload at this point though.Do you think I should order another female platy and a pleco to help cycle tue tank?
Water changes I don't really worry about having to do this. It takes half hour to do a quick change so easily enough done.
Another Platy is good, the Pleco (depending on species, size) is about a 300% increase to your bioload at this point though.
Live bearers, as a general rule, are pregnant if there's a male in the tank.Is this platy pregnant?
Live bearers, as a general rule, are pregnant if there's a male in the tank.
I've seen Livebearers stay pregnant for over a year after the male was removed, dropping babies every 26-28 days like clockwork.Also will they eat the fry? What will I need to do to help it survive?