First warm water / Planted tank ever. Finally evolved from the good old gold fish.
Find out the correct way of doing things and do it right the first time & save yourself $$$ and stress.
2 Bristle Nose Pleco's, 1 Common Pleco, 1 Gibbicep, 1 Algae eater cat, 2 Corydoras, 1 Synodontis cat, 2 Rainbow sharks, 2 Pearl Gouramis, 2 Gold Gouramis, 2 Torquise Blue Gouramis, 2 Angelfish, 4 Neon Tetras.
2 x Anubias attached to drift wood, Purple temple, lillies, Mixed other plants i dont know the name of and some strange grass i found in a LFS.
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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.