Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba
Well, I just got a 4 gallon tank for Christmas, it's 24" long by 8" high by 6" wide.
Now for the questions.... I'm new to posting on this forum, and would appreciate any advice given.
#1 Would it be a good idea to cycle this little tank with plants in it? Or wait until it's cycled before putting plants into it?
#2 It came with a 14" 15Watt daylight balanced flourescent light on it, because it is such a long, and not very high tank, would I need to upgrade the light?
#3 What kind of plants should I be putting into it? It isn't very tall so I was looking at a few of the dwarf plants on the profile page, does anyone have any suggestions?
#4 We're thinking of putting dwarf fish into it, pygmy cats, an otto or two or some dwarf gouramis (forgive my spelling). The tank doesn't have a heater at the moment, but it seems to be managing at about 72 degrees so far, and has a HOB filter. If there are any dwarf fish that anyone could reccomend it would be appreciated...
Last but not least... How long would you cycle a 55 gallon tank? A friend's daughter works at a petstore and is just setting up her tank. She wants to have fish in it by New Years and I cringed, she would be setting it up today and letting it run without ammonia or a starter fish. She also wants live plants in it...
Oops, almost forgot, I already have a cycled 10 gallon with 7 platies and two pl*cos in it, we were thinking of using it as a breeding tank.