I have been away from this forum for a while, but my brother passed away this spring leaving me a 55 gallon tank with African jeweled cychlids. I am finding a home for the cychlids and want to create a native fish aquarium with fish from the streams around me in the mountains outside of Asheville.
I noticed that the stream where I gathered gravel yesterday was at 60 degrees and in my house the tank is at 75. What is the best way to cool water? Also, will tap water be okay if allowed to sit and off gas the chlorine?
Will get into species after I settle the habitat issues. Would love to try darters or at the least minnows species, but would be happy with crayfish for starters.
Thanks so much in advance!