Light for plant growth, occassional supplements added for trace nutrients, whisper 60 filter, argonite sand for substrate, rocks from local rivers/outdoors, 79 degrees
My tank really maintains itself.
2 Electric Yellows
4 Electric Blues
2 Zebra Peacocks
2 Yellow fined acis
1 Java fern
Our family grew up raising fish in 55 gallons. I'm in an apartment now with a smaller aquarium, but I love the hobby of keeping fish. I continue to watch my tank in just the same way as when I was a kid.
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.