Originally Posted by mulder
yay sasami! lol thanks for confirming the "order" of the filter contents. i call it charcoal cause it's black pebbles in a sac, i'm sure it's activated carbon tho lol. i'll switch it up. i'm thinking of getting a little CYCLE product i read about, to help with getting the cycles going. i'll only be getting 2 goldfish, or one goldie and one algae eater fish, it's a ten gal and 2 fish is enough for me, less to worry about IF we move later on. this aquarium is almost an experiment for me, since i've never done it before. i have basic understand of life cycles, being a science geek. but applying that knowledge to an aquarium is something i'm new to.
Hehe, no problem. I wouldn't recommend any of those crappy "cycle" products you see in stores...they barely do anything and are a waste of money. The only one I'd get is Bio-Spira which needs to be refrigerated. It's the only one proven to actually cycle overnight...I've used it on three different tanks
. You add it directly to the filter at the same time you add fish.
You can get Bio-Spira here: Bio-Spira
Unfortunately the place I used to get it doesn't stock it anymore. You may be lucky enough to find it locally...call a bunch of stores and ask. Don't let them sell you a different product :p.
Or, if you know someone with a cycled aquarium you can ask for some gravel and/or filter media. That'll help a ton too.
Oh, and I don't know if you know this already but it's not recommended to have more then one goldfish in a 10-gallon. Actually, it's best to have 20-gallons for the first goldfish and 10-gallons for each additional goldfish. But you could probably pull off keeping a goldfish in a 10-gallon as long as it's your only fish and keep up on water changes.
The thing is, goldfish are very messy and it's hard to maintain good water quality with them unless you stock lightly. Contrary to popular belief, goldfish are not really "easy" fish. You need to perform lots of water changes, have a good filter, and feed a varied diet. They are prone to many health issues (especially the fancy varieties which are the ones you should be getting...commons tend to be too large for most aquariums), and produce a ton of waste. Oh, and they'll eat live plants too :p. They are great fish...just very misunderstood and more difficult then you'd think.
Personally, in a 10-gallon I'd go for some small tropical fish like neon tetras or guppies. You will have far better luck with them and they are more suited for a 10-gallon
Bettas are nice too