The other day, my roommate that works at petco had somebody drop off a 20 gallon high tank that they no longer wanted while she was at work. Long story short, nobody at the store wanted it either, so my roommate offered it to me, and now I have another tank.
The tank had 1 rosy barb, 3 cardinal tetras and 2 otos in it when I got it. However, the tank didn't have a heater (from what I understand it broke), so I put the fish in my 10 gallon quarantine for now. Unfortunately all the fish were in pretty bad shape, and I'm pretty sure the rosy barb has ich (not sure though, because it's just one big white spot on its side). Now all that are left are the rosy barb and 1 oto.
Anyways, if the remaining fish pull through they will go in my 55 gallon (which has mostly tetras and barbs).
The tank itself came with:
A double stand. Pretty sure this is the exact one: http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...4144&subref=AA
Unfortunately, it doesn't seem sturdy at all. Does anybody have one and can tell me if they are sturdy enough without the bottom tank?
2 light fixtures. Both are 18" T8 bulbs I believe. One works, it has a Zoo Med Tropic sun light. The other one has a GE bulb, and needs a new starter (according to a note left on the box).
A whisper HOB filter. Not sure if this works.
Gravel, a bunch of driftwood and a big rock. Should I replace this stuff, since theres a possibility that there was ich/some other parasite/disease in the tank? Or if I let it dry out completely will it be safe?
Now my questions:
Is there a good way to ensure that the tank is completely free of whatever is killing the fish that were in it?
With the lights that came with the tank, will I be able to grow live plants? From what I understand, I can grow low light plants with just one of the fixtures?
Any suggestions on what fish to put in the tank? I want it to be different from my other two tanks, which are a 10 gallon with a betta and tetras and a 55 with tetras and barbs. I'm thinking Rams, Guppies or Mollies, depending on what the pH of the tank tests as. The city water is apparently normally around 7.6ish but my tanks have always tested as 6.4-7.2, depending on the tank and time of the year.