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Rated #1: lrfoto

State: Arkansas
Country: United States United States Flag
Rank: #1 out of 165 Freshwater Tanks submitted 2014
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Submitted: 10/14/2014
Ratings: 7.01
Number of votes: 239
About Yourself: A photographer and graphic designer by trade, I've long enjoyed taking care of an aquarium, because it's a lot like working in a darkroom. There's chemistry and method and skill involved, but it's very relaxing, and when you see the results of your work, there's a sense of accomplishment, pride and even peace. I prefer a natural-looking environment in my aquarium, though I do also prefer artificial plants, because planted aquariums are a bit more work than I have time for (much like saltwater/reef aquariums). Video of my aquarium can be seen at: http://youtu.be/iVifqpdDWb0
Fish Kept: Fire Red Dwarf Gourami, Gold Panda Lyretail Mollies, Red Tuxedo Guppiess, Zebra Danios, Neon Black Tetras, Rainbow Fish, Hillstream Loach, Platty, Bolivian Rams, Bloodfin Tetras, Black Angelfish, Gold Gourami
Corals/Plants Kept: None (except artificial plants)
Tank Size: 60
Advice: Do your homework (read every aquarium site and forum you can find), get a good test kit (API master test kits are excellent), don't panic when your water clouds up when you first set up your tank, even when clarifiers won't get rid of it (this is just bacterial bloom, and it'll clear up on its own as the tank gets established), keep up on your water changes and gravel vacuuming, don't overstock, don't overfeed, don't over-treat with chemicals, and, most importantly, don't over-fuss. It's easy to take care of your tank and your fish as long as you approach it as being nothing more than a series of very simple steps that, if you follow them, will just work out. Video of my aquarium can be seen at: http://youtu.be/iVifqpdDWb0
Description: After umpteen trips to various stores for lighting, plants, fish and such, plus equally umpteen deliveries from Amazon for hardware, test kits, etc., this is where I am right now with my new tank. I wanted to create a possible scene from a lake bed in which the fish will have plenty of hiding places and hopefully feel at ease, with their comfort being my first priority, but I tried to balance that with a sort of purposely unkempt/wild look to everything (without looking like no thought was given to it, which I found is harder to do than it sounds), even though I used all artificial plants (but everything else is real, including the driftwood, riverbed gravel and rocks). It's still cycling just a bit, so it's a little cloudy, but I figured it's clear enough to show enough detail to go ahead and grab a picture of it. Visible in this one are a flame dwarf gourami, some kind of yellow-and-black-and-orange platy that I think might be pregnant, another yellow-and-orange platy, two Bolivians rams, several zebra danios, neon black tetras, a baby rainbow fish, a couple of mollies and some guppies. I have no idea where the hillstream loach is, though, but he's still in there somewhere. :) Video of the aquarium can be seen at: http://youtu.be/iVifqpdDWb0

Rated #2: varga30

State: None/Other
Country: Hungary Hungary Flag
Rank: #2 out of 165 Freshwater Tanks submitted 2014
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Submitted: 01/01/2014
Ratings: 6.26
Number of votes: 210
Fish Kept: Malawi Cichlid
Corals/Plants Kept: Vizikalasz
Tank Size: 450
Advice: Nothing
Description: Mlawi tank

Rated #3: shanky

State: None/Other
Country: Australia Australia Flag
Rank: #3 out of 165 Freshwater Tanks submitted 2014
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Submitted: 02/01/2014
Ratings: 6.13
Number of votes: 168
About Yourself: passionate animal lover. owned everything but fish up until a year ago. started with a goldfish pond, then into freshwater and now a marine.
Fish Kept: Bristle-nose Catfish, True Rummynose Tetra, Marble Angel Fish, Black Ghost Knifefish, Ghost Glass Cat, Bolivian Ram, Black Widow Tetra, Rainbow Shark
Corals/Plants Kept: no plants. just lots of driftwood and large river rocks.
Tank Size: 40
Advice: be patient and research before you start, use good quality products and regularly clean your gravel. your filter is your friend. use as much medium as you can but Nitra-zorb is the best thing ive ever used. my water is always crystal clear since using this. bristlenose will combat any algae problem naturally. trust them! hihly recommend blue planet filters
Description: 150ltr blue planet 'hardscape' tank

Rated #4: chalky76

State: None/Other
Country: United Kingdom United Kingdom Flag
Rank: #4 out of 165 Freshwater Tanks submitted 2014
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Submitted: 05/24/2014
Ratings: 6.02
Number of votes: 224
About Yourself: Been keeping exotics for many years. Have Koi, parrots and snakes.
Fish Kept: Red Bellied Piranha
Corals/Plants Kept: NA
Tank Size: 160
Advice: Get the species you really want
Description: My main tank

Rated #5: jasun123

State: North Carolina
Country: United States United States Flag
Rank: #5 out of 165 Freshwater Tanks submitted 2014
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Submitted: 04/03/2014
Ratings: 5.94
Number of votes: 196
Fish Kept: (5) Zebra Danio (1) Bumblebee Cichlid (PSeudotropheus Crabo) (1) Yellow Tail Acei (Pseudotropheus sp. "Acei") (2) Pombo Rocks Cichlid (Pseudotropheus Demasoni) (1) Maingano (Pseudotropheus Cyaneorhabdos) (1) Kenyi (Metriaclima Lombardoi) (5) Red Zebra (Metriaclima Estherae Red) (6) Red Top Cobalt Zebra (MAylandia Mbenjii) (1) Elongatus (Pseudotropheus sp. Elonatus) (1) Kalingo (Nimochromis Livingstonii)
Corals/Plants Kept: none
Tank Size: 75
Advice: do your research and be patient
Description: 75 gallon cichlid tank

Rated #6: Geordie78

State: None/Other
Country: United Kingdom United Kingdom Flag
Rank: #6 out of 165 Freshwater Tanks submitted 2014
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Submitted: 05/10/2014
Ratings: 5.91
Number of votes: 225
About Yourself: Engineer from Scotland uk Married with 2 kids
Fish Kept: Snakeskin Discus, Cardinal Tetra, Flash Pleco (L204), Harlequin Rasbora, German Blue Ram, Otocinclus Catfish, Sterba's Cory
Corals/Plants Kept: Various plants mostly easy to keep ones
Tank Size: 75
Advice: Research before you buy anything
Description: My planted tank

Rated #7: d.rodgers

State: None/Other
Country: Canada Canada Flag
Rank: #7 out of 165 Freshwater Tanks submitted 2014
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Submitted: 10/02/2014
Ratings: 5.91
Number of votes: 233
Fish Kept: Peacock Cichlid
Corals/Plants Kept: .
Tank Size: 125
Advice: read everything you can.
Description: 125 g african cichlid.

Rated #8: Caleb_S

State: North Carolina
Country: United States United States Flag
Rank: #8 out of 165 Freshwater Tanks submitted 2014
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Submitted: 03/29/2014
Ratings: 5.71
Number of votes: 190
Corals/Plants Kept: amazon swords, red flame swords, java ferns, crypts, baby tears, sagittaria, rotala, hair grass, moss.
Tank Size: 55
Advice: enjoy it!
Description: My tank\'s youtube channel Caleb\'s Fish: https://www.youtube.com/user/calebsfish/videos

Rated #9: Nickolai86

State: Texas
Country: United States United States Flag
Rank: #9 out of 165 Freshwater Tanks submitted 2014
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Submitted: 04/08/2014
Ratings: 5.65
Number of votes: 197
Quote: Choose faith over worry.
Corals/Plants Kept: fake plants.
Tank Size: 120
Advice: Never give up, it only gets better with time!
Description: 120 gallon mbuna-peacock tank with 9 more peacocks on the way.

Rated #10: Gooseman

State: Arizona
Country: United States United States Flag
Rank: #10 out of 165 Freshwater Tanks submitted 2014
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Submitted: 05/04/2014
Ratings: 5.63
Number of votes: 214
Fish Kept: Royal Blue Discus, Diamond Tetra, Otocinclus Catfish, Bristle-nose Catfish
Corals/Plants Kept: Rotala, anubias, sword, jungle veil, triflora, crypts, several others I forgot the names
Tank Size: 65
Advice: Read a lot, educate yourself, pick the brains of the staff of your LFS. Don't be afraid to to set up your tank the way you want it
Description: 65 gal discus tank. Discus, Diamond Tetras, Otos, Bristlenose Plecos, Amano Shrimp