Advice:Nothing is hard once you get used to it. Your tank is a hobby....not a job.....enjoy it, love it, and it will give you happiness in return
Description:I have to leave one side of the tank heavily planted as my guppies keep having babies. The babies hide in the thick plants for about 2 weeks before they venture off into the rest of the tank.
About Yourself:Not too much of a fish geek I hope! Have been a veterinary nurse for 16 years, have two cats which find the tank quite boring!
Fish Kept:One 6 inch Chocolate Oranda, one four inch Black Moor, one 5 inch Black Ranchu and one 2 inch Black Ranchu.
Corals/Plants:Heehee,thank heavens for plant tabs!
I don't know if I should list the Latin names, it does seem to be the done thing, however I have never looked for anything specifically, I just buy plants that I think look nice, and the goldfish may not eat too quickly! I do have to replace the odd ones every month or so.
Ok among others; Eustralis stellata, Ophiopogon japonica, Anubiscongensis, Echinodorus bleheri and a few others that I can't be bothered to type out!
Advice:Start with a tank that is at least 20gal. A smaller tank is harder to keep healthy. Try to make the tank look as natural as possible or you'll get sick of it very fast and be embarrassed that you ever thought it looked good. "What was I thinking?! Blue gravel, plastic flowers, sunken treasure!!"
About Yourself:I am an electician and am married with two kids. When I was 22 years old I had a 33 gallon tank with 1 oscar and 1 texes cichlid. I loved the hobby but I had to sell the tank due to a move long distance.About a year aqo I decided to take it back up and I will NEVER be without a tank from here on in.