Originally Posted by Shellybean02
I'll just test the water to be safe. And I'll use a filter and get more plants. When the water clears a bit more I'll add fish. Do you think it'll be okay if I get everything later today, set up the filter, and let the fish sit in bags in the tank overnight(to get used to the changes)? The pet store is really far from home and I wouldn't like to make my mom drive me back and forth just for a filter, gecko food, fish, etc. It would be best if I could get everything in the same day, otherwise I would have to wait a week or more - staring at a lonely, empty tank...
Also I was wondering, how does the environment temp(indoors) affect the water temp? Does the amount of water matter? For example if the temp in my house is in the 70s or 80s what would the water temp in my ten gallon be? If the water will be less than 75 - and I can measure the temp if necessary - I'll get a water heater.
The water temperature in your tank should average out to your average temp in the room...but...it is a good idea to have a heater in your tank to keep the water temp. just exactly where it should be.
If you leave your fish in bags overnight they will suffocate unless they are very big bags.
You need a filter, thermometer, heater, and most of all patience.
They have starter kits that should supply everything you need all in one purchase and it may save you a little money to boot.
I always use a feeder goldfish in my tank before I add other fish. They are very cheap and just like a Canary in a coal mine.
Edited by politicalcenter - 1/11/16 at 4:26pm