I've recently got into the joys of aquariums, I went out and bought my 20 gallon aquarium a few months ago, filled it with water, put a cheap filter in, and dumped some cheap fish in from the local market. As you may have guessed, everything went haywire, and now the tank has a lone survivor, and dark green glass. I'm wondering, if I can somehow kill all the algae in the tank (once the fish dies obviously) through chlorine maybe...
Anyways, I'm looking for a fresh start.
For my filter, I'm looking at this http://www.ebay.in/itm/Boyu-EF-0F-Exter ... 317wt_1273
, or http://www.ebay.in/itm/HAQOS-EXPRO-500- ... t_1165.The
latter is more expensive, but If required, then I can get it.
For the substrate, I'm thinking DIY, or should I be less cheap and actually buy a substrate. Also, sand or gravel? I'm thinking of maybe breeding fish later, and I know some of them like to bury their eggs. Also, which is better for plants?
As for cycling, should I do planted or non planted cycling, I don't want to put fish in as they might kick the bucket, and that's a loss.
What factors should I be worried about in the aquarium (Ph, Kh, etc...) ?
When will I know that it's time to put fish in?
And for the fauna, I thought some mini crabs might make the aquarium interesting, I could make DIY underwater housing
. What species do well with crabs, and will crabs prevent them from breeding?
For the flora, I was thinking Java moss and fern, anubias maybe. Any recommended plants?
Also, when can I expect agae blooms, and how do I get rid of them. Do I ever have to do a full water change?
Lastly, here are some other things I probably will buy,
Air pump, stone,
Aquarium salt (people say making the aquarium slightly salty is good for the fish, and necessary for crabs),
Monitors (Temperature, hardness)
Also, should I use tap water or Rain water? Monsoons are coming so rainwater shouldn't be a problem.
And lastly, where's the best place to buy all these from? I live in salt lake, and the only place nearby is Pet Planet, and stuff is expensive there. Is there any good online shops where I can buy flora and fauna from, and get it home delivered?
Thanks to anyone who takes the time to help someone as stupid as me