29 Gallon Tank measuring 30x12x18 . I use a Rena Filstar XP2 Canister Filter, Hydor 200 watt External Thermal Heater, Marineland 30" Fluorescent Aquarium Light, Perfecto 30" Glass Canopy.
Start with as big of a tank as you can afford
This tank houses 13 Paracheirodon Innesi / Neon Tetras, 3 Colisa Lalia (Males) / Powder Blue Gouramis, 1 Hypostomus Punctatus / Common Plecos, 1 Corydoras Leucomelas / Blackfin Cory,
1 Corydoras Panda / Panda Cory.
My Friends got me introduced to this hobby, also i quit smoking and i needed somthing to put left over money into.
When you see signs of stress in your fish, you can then take steps to identify the source of that stress and then to resolve it before it becomes a major issue.
If you're looking for a unique way to stock your new tank, give freshwater shrimp a try.
If your fish is suffering, you may want to consider euthanasia as an option to humanely end his pain.