I plan to qt everyone anyway, if I can actually convince hubby to let me start one. Regardless, I would still like to start out with healthiest fish possible. I know to check their poop, and I'm not afraid of superficial fin rot or ammonia burns, but I am.more concerned with the serious, more difficult to treat stuff like infections. The females at my stores are so tiny, it's hard to examine them very well. Should I.bring a small flashlight to check their scales? I've always just bought the healthiest looking guy with colors I liked, so never really dealt with illness, but the females always are clamped, in filthy water, and tend to be worse shape than the boys.
It'll end up a 20 gallon, heavy planted tank, lots of hides, cycled with established media. I have on hand aq salt, Epsom, tannins, stress coat, and have access to variety of abx.