I'm new to this stuff, but I've done quite a bit of reading over the past three days (which is when I got my little buddy). Right now, he's in a 1 gallon tank (this one
). After reading/researching, I realized this isn't the best setup I could give the little guy (even though he's doing fine right now, pretty active, eating normally, he's still warming up to me though).
So I want to get a 5+ gallon tank. And everything else that's advisable. Right now, he's in the tank with no heater/filtration/cycling of any kind, only gravel, a couple of artificial plants, and a little crab ornament.
What tanks would you recommend? Also, could someone point me to a good guide on cycling? I've gotten pretty confused on that stuff, it seems like there's a pretty big learning curve between new fish owners and experienced ones lol. And is there any quicker way of cycling? I don't want the poor little guy to wait for a while.
I also want to be absolutely sure about the stuff I buy- my dad's already ticked off about me spending close to $40 on fish products, and all of this is coming out of MY pocket (I'm 14, and have about $70 saved up, which I also need for other things). So my budget is about $40...
My dad doesn't like buying online too much, so I'd prefer it if I could buy it in Petsmart or any other ground store.