I just set up my 55 gallon tank. I put in about 45 pounds of sand, the substrate is about 1" deep in pretty much all of the tank, more in other spots.
The water is pretty cloudy at the moment, but I put a bowl in upside down to pour the water off. That disturbed the sand a LOT less than just pouring the water right in. You can see in the bottom of the tank a little, it's not extremely cloudy where you cannot see anything, but it is still pretty cloudy.
My step dad wants to go for fish Saturday, which is three days from now. Will the sand be settled by then?
Should I turn my filter on? It's an Aqueon QuietFlow 55/75 filter for aquariums up to 90 gallons.
Also, any ideas on fish? My step dad wanted to name a fish, so I am looking for larger fish so I can tell them apart, rather than trying to name and keep track of a schooling fish.
I was thinking dinosaur bichirs, but I can only have two of those and I would like more. As long as the fish are about 5" and you can have at least 3 or 4 without them killing each other, I would be happier.
I know nothing about cichlids so please explain about them if you say cichlids.
Also do plecos need driftwood? I want to get one to go with my fish but I hear they need driftwood. All I have is a small piece, about 8" long and 3.5" wide.