-25 gallon planted tank
-4 24W 6700K T5
-natural granite substrate from the rocky mountains
-Aqueon whisper something or other hang-on-the-back filter
-DIY yeast CO2
Just experiment by doing things yourself, it is possible to have an awesome tank without throwing down big bucks on it.
hyrgrophila, several types
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.