Re: 550L Now Cycled! But how should i introduce my two Orandas?
I would personally bring one back at a time. The reason for this is that should there be anything wrong with the water, then only one fish would suffer. Adding two big fish to a newly cycled tank will have more of an impact than adding just one, so I would add one, then wait a week or so and then the other. As for feeding, I would feed once a day maximum. As they are fancies, a sinking pellet would be best as this stops them from getting swim bladder by gulping too much air in if fed flake at the surface. Do not over feed, as this will do more harm than good. As well, keep checking your water quality, as there will be a rise in something, probably a small bit of ammonia.
I work for an aquatics company. Our tropical fish are imported from a supplier in Singapore. It is true that obviously some don't make the long flight, but the vast majority do. The reason for Singapore is that if purchased in the U.K, fish are more expensive. It is a fine line between buying in cheaper fish and loosing a few or buying in UK bred fish which cost more.
Tetras are always good, bigger ones first then neons if you so wish. After tank has matured for a few months a siamese fighter (betta) is a good addition to any tank. Try some shrimps and weird but wonderful things, they make welcome tank mates for most species of fish.
I had this problem with a red honey gouarmi. It was stuck on the side of my filter, and unable to move. I quickly released the fish and he seems fine now, i made sure he is eating properly. He seems to have no ill effects, but i wanted to know too if there are any methods to stopping this?
I would also recommend soaking the stones and grass in some chlorine free water,making sure it is all thoroughly clean. The same goes for things like new bog wood, which can take up to two weeks for the water to be clear when soaked. Hope this helps.