Finally got time to write some more.
This is my first ever and only fish tank, so it went through a "Dark Age".
Big mistake from the start was buying fish without research
and ending up with:
1 baby placo,
1 baby angel fish (hard to resist that cute little thing)
2 juvenile neon tetras,
Second big and selfish mistake was to assume they will be fine even overstocked and overgrown
as long as I don't add more fish and make daily small water changes.
Other than guppies, none of this fish are suitable for a 10 gal. Even neons, they need a bigger swimming space and a school of at least 5.
Then, the worst impulsive purchase
of all times the "ugly and cool" dragon goby, he didn't even have chance to outgrow new home, died within first week from anchor worm.
multiplied like crazy, but fry were eaten immediately by angel or saved and given away. Finally male guppy died at about 2.5 years old and the females followed him shortly.
got very shy and hid in fake plants a lot, I Think without guppies they were bullied by angel too much. Neons lived about 4 years.One of them was probably eaten by placo or angel, I never found a body.
didn't grow past about 4 inches. He was getting so territorial, that poor angel fish got chased every time he swimmed across the tank... Also Placo learned to swim belly up when it was feeding time and did not clean algae as good as he used to...so I decided to help him... even though he ate tropical fish flakes I think he actually starved, poor fellow. There was no algae left at all for him once I started "helping him".
outlived them all, died after 6 years in my fish tank. He lived to see the first batch of life plants purchased in 2012 (Java fern and Anacharis) and even helped to combat snails that hitchhiked on Anacharis. Awesome guy (or girl) but took Mayan prediction way too seriously and went belly up right on the day the world was supposed to end.
So here I was, with a brand new chance to make things right this time.