I got enough money today (my birthday) to go buy a 50 gallon fish tank with all the stuff! I'm so happy!
Basically, I've been needing to get a larger tank for a while now because a couple of months back I was given an unwanted fish tank to me by my friend. It was pretty dirty (10 gallons) and was dangerously overstocked, with a 10 inch 8 year old Common Pleco, which obviously urgently needed a larger tank. I was going to rehome the pleco, but my parents grew attatched to it and my mum insisted we kept it.
Recently I've been saving up for a larger tank to put the now much-loved Pleco in, but I never thought 50 gallons (200 litres)!
Today was my birthday and I got quite a lot of money from my family, so dad took me to the aquatic centre which had a 25% sale off everything (!) and we came out with..
+ Fluval Roma 200 tank with stand
+ Aqua One Aquis Advance 750 Canister filter
+ Very fine black gravel
+ two large pieces of bogwood
+ Loads of other stuff (food, water conditioner, etc.)
Only problem is, my mum threw a wobbly when she saw how big the tank is, and spent the rest of the afternoon ranting about how big and ugly it looks. I and my dad think it looks great, however.
It was a bit stressful setting the tank up, especially trying to transfer a 10 inch pleco with a very bad attitude to a completely new tank, but we got there. I put the filter from the old tank into the new tank so the bacteria can transfer into the canister filter. Now, I know I should fully cycle the tank, but I just couldn't bear to see the poor pleco suffer any more.
So here it is. It's still settling - the tank is quite cloudy (inevitable with black sand and bogwood) but it should settle down over the next few days. I plan on getting a few more fish once it's all established, and I will be posting pictures from tomorrow.