Custom tank, built under staircase. Roughly 5ft x 2ft x 2.5ft. (Extra depth helps) External Canister Filter. Heater. Airpump.
It's only money. Reading up on stuff is good, but better to learn from experience.
1 x Mangrove Jack, 3 x Jack Dempsy, 5 x Bistlenose and 3 others not quiet sure on breed.
Fake plants. Mangrove root and black slate.
There's two sides to every fish.
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.