Hi every body! I have been flaying around the internet and talking to some of my "fishy" friends to get some hep establishing a large fresh water tank. Fast.
What we have right now is a 10 gallon tank that my three year old's goldfish live in. We had an "incident" where a blue-gill that he caught the was destined for lunch wound up in a thirty gallon tank generously donated by a neighbor and is doing quite well. Better than I hoped actually. The latest round in my pretty much un-planned venture into Aquarium keeping came on Father's Day.
My 12 year old daughter bought me a beautiful Oscar. The same kind and color that I have wanted since I was younger than her. A fact that we have never discussed at all. Ever. So that is amazingly cute and the pet store is holding it for me until this weekend.
To house these fish I have gotten ahold of a 75gal. tank. I hope that they can live together in the big tank, but if not that's OK too. What I really hope s that I can have the two big fish in the 75g and establish a "regular" Tropical Aquarium in the 30gal tank.
The issue with the 75er is that it was used as a salt water tank
! So, we are washing off the glass and filter and heater the best that we can.The filter is a bio-wheel type. In fact, there seems to be none of the "extra stuff" that salt water tanks need.
The Questions are:
Can I use the old filter box, heater and stuff if it's was he doff enough?
Can I use the old bio-wheels to help establish the tank?
Can I use the substrate from the 30g to establish the bigger tank
Is there ANY way the I can get the Oscar safely installed in his new home by Saturday if I can get the 75g clean and filled today?
Should I remove the Bluegill from the 30g tank and put the Oscar in there until I can get the big tank ready?
Thanks guys! I know that when it comes to setting up an aquarium, patience is a virtue but in this case TIME (and salt) is the issue!
I know I'm a full-on NoB and this is my first post. I hope that I can get these tanks straightened out and up-and running. Hopefully, years from now, I can be the one offering advice and not asking for it!