I will be getting a 60 gallon tank soon and although I currently have a 10 gallon tank with a few fish, I have several questions before going into a larger tank.
What type of filter should I use? I have researched a few and the Marineland 400 seems to be popular. Will a filter labeled for a 60 gallon tank be enough or will I need more than one?
Although I have always been interested in Cichlids, I dont think they will be the best beginner fish for me. Ive seen some pretty Gouramis. Would they be a suitable for a "beginner"? If not, which type of fish should I look into?
Just want to make sure I have my research done first! thanks
You should get a filter that turns the water over at least 7-10 times an hour.
As far as fish go, do have any idea what type of tank you are looking for? A community tank, or species specific tank? There are many options...
In my opinion, I would recommend a community tank because there are many options for "hardy" fish.
I think I'm going for a community tank. I want to be able to have different varieties of fish. Do I go with live plants or plastic?
I've also read about hanging filters, canisters, and under gravel filters. Is it a personal preference or is one more beneficial than others with larger tanks?
While I'm cycling my tank, do I turn the lights on during the day like I would normally or leave them off?
Thanks for the help!! Much appreciated!
Canisters are the best but they are too expensive.next IMO is the internal power filters due their big chamber to add biological filtration medias.
Cycle has nothing to do with normal lights so its better to operate the light for a max of 1-2 hours per day to avoid any algae infestation
Feel free to ask anything more
Live plants can add to a natural habitat of the fish, and also help keep the nitrate levels down. Proper lighting is required if you want to keep live plants though. Some live plants are easier to keep than others.
I would stick with either a hanging filter or a canister filter for this size tank. It is your preferance on which one to pick, just make sure that it filters 7-10 times the tank volume per hour.
When you are cycling your tank, operate it the same as if you had fish in it. So, turn the lights on during the day, and off at night.
I would also recommend getting an airstone, this will help the nitrifying bacteria grow faster during the cycle, as they need oxygen as well. It is not "needed" though.
Keep the questions coming. Glad to help.