I have been getting my old 20 gallon tank ready to get back into the hobby again. Last week I set it up and filled it with water, fake plants, gravel, and water. I put in 3.38 ounce bottle of Tetra SafeStart and an appropriate amount of Tetra Aqua Safe. The temperature is holding steady at 76 degrees. I am using a Marineland 100 biowheel type of filter that is recommended for this tank size. I have had it set just sitting there for five or six days now and yesterday or the the day before, I noticed a slight cloudiness to the water, which tells me the bacteria is starting to do it's thing and I can start to slowly stock it. It's a 20 gallon high, so I know I am not going to be able to put many fish in it, but a tank this size will be easy to maintain. Anyway, I decided to start adding fish to it. I really wanted endler's but it seems that in the years that passed since I got out of the hobby, all but one local fish store shut down. I called them to ask if they had any endler's and they didn't even know what an endler was, which tells me a lot about the place. The petsmart here is hit and miss but I found the petco is actually pretty good. No endler's of course and I don't feel like messing with online ordering, especially just getting started again. I spent a lot of time in petco this morning observing fish so I wouldn't bring anything home that was diseased or something. I ended buying two Julii Corys and one nicely colored male yellow cobra guppy. His colors were very bright and stood out from the rest of the fish in the tank.
The guppy is kind of hiding in the plants so far, but the two cory's seem to be adjusting easier. I have had albino cory's long ago and they lacked identity. These two guys seem very unique in their demeanor, which I find interesting considering my previous experience with the albino's.
I think in a week or two I will add one or two more fish. I am thinking about swordtails, platys, mollies, or glofish which are really genetically altered zebra danios created for the study of polluted water.
It would have been nice to find some endler's locally, but who knows, maybe in a couple of weeks some place around here will get some.
Ha, just looked over and I see the guppy is swimming around all over the tank now and is no longer scared, so that is a good sign.