I grew up with fish... LOTS of fish. We had freshwater tanks when I was very young, and then my family switched over to a 150+ gallon reef. I eventually went to college with every intention of becoming a marine biologist, but I somehow managed to end up with a business degree instead.
It's been 13 years since I've had an aquarium, but alas, my almost 3-year-old fueled the fire by picking out a little female betta that she named Zoe-fish at petco a few weeks ago while we were getting cat litter. This little girl (the fish, that is) is hilarious. She follows us around, plays with her food, prances in the filter current, and she's even started taking food directly off my finger. I'm in trouble...
I've already acquired another 10 gal (aqueon deluxe kit), which I intend on planting and stocking with 3 panda coreys and a male betta. Then a few days later, a neighbor offered to give us his 55 saltwater setup that he no longer uses. I definitely don't want to get into a SW tank yet, so I would totally appreciate any help I can get for converting this bad boy to a FW. When/if we get it, I'll post a full equipment list so I can get some good advice from you good people.
I've already acquired fish fever and the beginnings of MTS. . I've been researching plants, bettas, rainbows (gertrudae, threadfins, and fork tails) cichlids (all types including angels), rams, corey cats (obsessed already), loaches, and plecos, among others. Of course I'm not going to put all of these guys into a tank together, but I'm narrowing down the options and trying to come up with the perfect mix for a community tank with a lot of color and personality. This is where I could REALLY use some help. Any advice on keeping a few females in a community tank? I've found a lot of conflicting information out there.