New Tank Set Up (need some help)
I was given a 29 gallon aquarium with seven fish. I'm trying to set up the tank in my office as quickly as possible so the fish have somewhere to live besides a plastic bucket. The problem is that practically everything in the tank is new, so it really needs to be cycled. The tank originally had teal blue gravel and garish plastic plants, which absolutely had to be thrown away and replaced with proper substrate (gravel and flourite capped with sand), driftwood and eventually, plants. I couldn't keep any of the gravel for seeding because it was filthy and hideous. The inside of the tank was also dirty and had to be scraped and cleaned. It did come with a HOB filter with a very well used (i.e., filthy) filter cartridge that I am installing as is to provide some bacteria. The fish are living in about half a gallon of the original water that I will add when I add them. I also added the contents of my desk top tank, which was a scrap of wood with java moss and fern and water. Is there anything else I can do to make the tank habitable as soon as possible? I don't think these fish are going to last long in a bucket even if I add an airstone.