20watt vita lite + 20 watt 6500k CFL - 20 gallon 12x12x24 , Petoskey stones , quartz , marble, and Petrified Wood all found/collected from northern michigan. Also Mopi Diftwood, chichlid sand substrate, cascade 500 canister filter with updated media
This tank is nearing its first birthday and it is finally starting to look the way I want. It really does take time and attention to get everything right.
Broadleave Ludwiga, Red Mirio, and ???
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.