Hey, so as the title says, I recently bought an Aqueon 13 gallon widescreen fish tank and I have set it up without fishes yet. This is what I did so far:
Zebra danios are a very peaceful schooling fish that does will in medium light. They can grow up to 3 inches, but in spite of their length they do well in a 13-gallon tank. These fish are a brilliant silver or gold color with bright blue lines running the length of the body. A new breed of genetically engineered zebra danio, known as the "Glo-Fish," has fluorescent stripes that appear to glow under a black light.
Our two pet bass, Bonnie and Clyde, got an upgrade as we went from a 55 gallon tank to a 300 gallon aquarium. Our new custom aquarium took 13 weeks to build and we go over the advanced filtration system, substrate, lighting, and live plants we will be adding. Comment below what you would like to see in this massive aquarium.
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13 Gallon Widescreen Fish Tank
It's a good idea to have in mind what kind of freshwater aquarium fish you want to keep in your freshwater aquarium setup before you purchase an aquarium. Some fish only grow to be an inch or two, whereas other types of tropical fish can grow 12 or 13 inches or more in length! Knowing what kind of fish you want will help you decide the size of the tank they will need. If this is your first time with an aquarium, it may be a good idea to start with a 10 or 20 gallon aquarium setup for now and stock it with some smaller and hardier species.I have 9 fish in this Aqueon 13 gallon aquarium 6-Short Tail Zebra Danios 2-Pleicos (one bristle nose one albino) 1- Veil Betta Fish (skip to :58 for betta)
Unfortunately the Aqueon heater that came with the tank stopped working 2 days after changing the water and adding a albino pleico. Then I discovered my Betta had ich so I put him in a 1 gallon hospital tank with a proper hater. I bought a 50 watt Eheim heater for the 13 gallon, its accurate and fully submersible. I will later use this tank to build a aquaponics set up, the tank will not need water changes after that. Except for cleaning the gravel once in a while. I will also be feeding the fish organic fish food I found on amazon. I will upload another video when the aquaponics tank is set up.Cycling a tank takes closer to 6 weeks than to two. There are many factors that influence the process, but here's a graph that gives you an idea of what typically happens over time as a new tank cycles:
Note that it isn't until day 40 that the ammonia and nitrite have dropped to "safe" levels. Since you are only at the two week mark, it's likely that there is still a lot of ammonia in your water and nitrite is still on the rise. Absoutely do not add any more fish until the tank has had at least another full month to mature.
In terms of stocking, let's look at what you have. Right now you have about 12 tetras, an algae eater and a redtail shark. If we assume that the tetras will each get about 2.5 inches long at adulthood, that's about 30 inches of fish. The algae eater will easily get to be about 10 inches. The shark will get 4 or 5 inches long. Added together, you have about 45 inches of fish in a 13 gallon tank. If the general rule for stocking fish is to allow about one gallon of volume for each inch of fish, your tank is critically overstocked by about three times.
In a tank of this size, I would keep only the smallest of the tetra species (the neons, glowlights, and silver tip) and possibly the redtail shark. That would leave you with about twenty inches of fish--still overstocked, but closer to ideal.
My own redtail shark is about 4" long. It's in my 29 gallon tank (below) with eight rasboras (two inches each) and five checker barbs (two inches each). That's about 30 total inches of fish, all pretty much full grown. The Redtail shark has enough space so that it isn't always chasing everything else. This group has been together for many years, and some fish have died due to old age. I still think there are plenty of fish to make a decent display, so I have no plans to add anything more.
Remember territoriality is another thing to consider when stocking a tank. In your case, I imagine that the shark and algae eater will soon be hassling each other and chasing everything else. You just can't put that many fish togother (even if you have ideally filtered water) because there isn't enough space for aggressive fish to defend a territory. Generally, they claim the whole tank and all the other fish are under constant attack. For some fish, even having the whole 13 gallon tank to themselves isn't enough.