29 Gallon African Tank,
Emperor 400 Filter (Best purchase ever!)
Take a lot of time to read about all the different types of fish and learn what you really want, then learn everything you can. Make it your passion.
Red Top Ice Blue,
Albino Red Finned Zebra,
Synodis Lace Catfish
Lots of rock and a few artificial plants.
I started with pond fish when I was younger, then managed a pet department when I worked at a major retailer and have been hooked on aquariums ever since.
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.