Recently purchased a 30-32gal tank setup off craigslist for 60 bucks.. the guy said it was 35 gallon but the measurements i pulled up look like its anywhere from 30-32.5 gallons
came with a 1996 All Glass Aquarium tank, matching stand from '96, penguin 350 biowheel filter, coralife 7000k 93watt dual bulb fixture, air pump, timer, some decos for the air pump (including the infamous scuba diver treasure dude and sunken pirate ship), and a master freshwater test kit with other supplies like PH down and acid buffer and food.
Ive returned the decos and air pump to petsmart for a nice profit.. the air pump was 20 bucks, scuba dude 20 bucks, and pirate ship 40 bucks.. so I actually MADE $20 when all was said and done.
I got 4 bags of 12lb Flora Max substrate.. mix of 2 midnight black and 2 of the reddish color, cleaned the tank with petsmart aquarium cleaner spray and rinsed the substrate off a ton to where there was no more murky water. (that flora max is nasty stuff)
after that I purchased some dwarf baby tears and a piece of driftwood with a couple anubias attached to it from my LFS... and also some microsword from petsmart, seperated them out to smaller clumps and planted them in the substrate and set the driftwood in place, topped with a couple plastic bags and 2 plates began to fill the tank up.
i let the water cycle for a couple days, and lastnight went out and got 3 cardinal tetras, 3 glowlight rasboras, and 2 red cherry shrimp from the LFS.. and ran to petsmart for a temporary 150w fluval heater and water conditioner. I added the conditioner and waited for the temp to get to about 78ish with the bags of livestock floating in the water. then after a half hour or so water temp was good so I dumped the bags into the tank water and all.
I noticed the driftwood from the LFS has a couple teeny tiny snails on it, one was on the anubias leaf and the other was in a crevice in the driftwood. are these guys bad news?
also today the water got significantly cloudier, I think its the cycling process, is it wise to add the bio magnet clarifier that came with the flora max since i already have fish in it? or just wait it out?
as far as my heater is concerned, I ordered 2 50w jager heaters on amazon, and planning to return the fluval 150w once those come in. will 2 50w be sufficient for my size tank? one on each end? my ambient room temp is typically 69-70ish
Also I noticed some wavy like algea rising from one of the dwarf tears clumps.. I dont have a co2 setup but was planning on buying some of the API liquid stuff from petsmart with my store credit from the decorations.
I'll have to take a pic later, but am I on the right track? I realize I should have fully cycled the tank before stocking it with fish but my 3 year old really wanted to get some 'pretty fishies'