Evolve 8 13x13x14, 18w 6 light led light, stock quiet flow 10 power filter, wet/dry biological filtration. DIY CO2 system.
There is always more you learn. Keep researching and reading watching. Your tank can always improve.
Sand and gravel substrate, Driftwood, Dwarf Hair Grass, Anubias Barteri Nana, Telanthera Cardinalis, Wisteria, Marimo Moss Ball
I love an all natural fish tank. The best thing about it is watching everything in the tank work and grow with each other. For the work you put in, the tank gives back in beauty.
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.