Not sure. I wanted it to be the same as it looked in the store and had seen in pictures where it was just substrate, and that's what the store recommended. I didn't want to put anything on top, so is that just a side effect what happens if you don't put anything on top? Maybe I will keep it and just try aquascaping for a while to see how it goes until I get fish.
I bought a tank months ago and still haven't bought fish. Started by using gravel, getting the biological function going, making it look nice with plastic plants, and then decided I liked the look of aquascapinjg videos on youtube with substrate, so replaced the gravel with substrate. Not sure what I did wrong, but I put the expensive substrate down, filled tank with water and the water was muddy and stayed muddy for about a week, until it started to clear. Was too scared of putting the filter on for fear of ruining it. Then I started wondering if the water would go muddy every time I changed the water, and it seemed more dirty, as you can vacuum gravel. Doesn't seem as if it would be safe for fish if water keeps going muddy. What happens to fish excrement with substrate? It seems to be too dirty to me, and thinking of going back to gravel again. Wondering if aquascaping is more for experts and substrate isn't for me?
Thank you for the information. Yes I'm starting to think Platies are the most realistic option and liked how they look in the store. They seemed to have a personality. To make things more picky, a reason I'm not sure about minnows, is because they seem to stay near the middle and top of the tank, and platies seemed to vary where they swim, sometimes going down to the bottom. Just that I've decorated the tank floor, and would like a fish that might appreciate it. I'm looking up the others you mentioned out of interest, and like the red eye tetras. X-ray are interesting. Reading up on endlers. Didn't know about endlers before. They're pretty and so are rainbow fish. I remember liking lamp eye fish in the store. It says online they come from Africa, and not south America like Cardinal and neon tetras. Are lamp eye not tetras? What's your opinion of lamp eye for hard water?
On another note, it says cichlids are suited to hard water. I think as they're large and have bigger eyes, it felt as if they were looking at me, and I felt a connection to them in the store, but I'm guessing you need to be a bit of an expert in that type? Also all the tanks for them seem to be made of bare rocks, and my tank is quite green.
Re: Can you buy this type of filter for home tanks?
OK thank you. That was what I wanted to buy. I asked them in the store if I could buy a filter and air pump together, to save noise of two machines going, but they only gave me the option to buy separately. I suppose so they could make more money.
Can you buy this type of filter for home tanks?
What is this filter called that seems to be in most store tanks that I've seen in videos? It's at 4:10 min in this video and many other times in most of the store tanks. It's a sponge that often seems to have plant matter growing from the sponge that the fish eat. https://youtu.be/cJKQLnAaDlc How come I've never seen a filter like that, which also has air bubbles coming from it being sold for home fish tanks? I was told I had to buy a filter and air pump separately.
Oh OK. I have plants. I thought it says plants can help create bacteria? How do some people make filterless tanks on youtube and their fish survive? They say they often do water changes. Can't you just do more water changes at first to save the ammonia building up too much, while bacteria becomes more established in the filter?
I was wondering if anybody apart from FishLady bothers on here any more, as apart from her I had a sarcastic reply and somebody giving me a load of links but can't be bothered to type anything. Can't see much enthusiasm from many helpful people.