Steve, I'm in Frederick. Love to network with other locals in the area if you'd like to trade Instagrams or whatever. These guys on here are way more experienced than I am so maybe they will disagree with me but I'm fairly certain that with some decent bottled live bacteria and some uncooked shrimp in the tank from the grocery store your bacteria should have enough to eat off of. I'd do some sponge material or lava rock in the filter to house them and you should be good by the time you get to BFD....anyone disagree with that? I use API but I'm sure there is probably much better out there.Thank you.
I live in Mount Airy, Maryland. Is there anyone that can help me ensure that my tank can be ready for new fish?
Would daily or frequent water changes help once I add the fish?
Also, I had an established tank for 13 years with community tank. I still have that Bio material from the eHeim Professional 3 filter...but it's been removed and dry for almost 2 months now. So I"m guessing that won't work at all.