Advice:If you plan on using any rocks or pieces of wood you find, I suggest taking every step possible in cleaning them. I power washed both the rock and wood, soaked the wood in a vinegar/water solution overnight and re-power washed them. I soaked the wood in a bleach/water solution, then power washed again and boiled for increments of 15 minutes until the water was clear. Definitely worth it.
Description:new setup for my 55 gallon. lots of river rock with a large piece of driftwood in the background for decor.
Advice:Dont listen to most of the advice you get in the stores as most are just tring to get your money! Providing you keep on top of water changes and vacuming debris there is no need to constantly be adding chemicals and changing expensive filter media. I run 2 filters and and clean 1 every 2 weeks so they each get a clean every 4 weeks but i always change about 30% of the water each week. A good tip is to not to throw away carbon after it has been used but dry it in a low oven overnight then it can be reused time and time again. This all seems to work for my tank and i always have clear non smelling water and have had no disease yet and very rarely lose a fish.
Quote:"Light travels faster than sound, that's why some people appear bright until you hear them speak"
About Yourself:I'm and avid fish-goer. I took up this art (because it's not just a hobby) years ago to actually learn the feeding habits of various types of fish. Why? I love to fish, and seeing how fish are and how they eat, helped me with figuring out just how to refine my sport fishing.
Also, there is nothing better than coming home and feeling the peace and tranquility of being able to watch the our personal National Geographic at home.
We have seven tanks, each built out with separate habitas, everything from African set ups, amazon set ups, river and tropics. I try to get fish that are unique and rarely find in home aquariums. I love having friends over who feel as if they should have paid an entrance fee just to see the exhibits we have set up.
Lastly, although a very expensive habit, it's something I can do at home and save from having to go out and look for fun!
Fish Kept:In this tank we have our
flowerhorn, a catfish, two
butterfly fish, and some chiclid
rams, there is a pleco who's grown quite a bit, and a few barbs that hang around the base of the drift wood. This tank represents, peace and tranquility! :) And luck of course.
Corals/Plants:Had this one full of live plants before, but they were quickly turned into lunch for the tank inhabitants.
About Yourself:I first began fishtanking when I was a little kid with a mere 5 gallon tank full of goldfish I won at a carnival. Ever since I've just always loved watching fish and owning fish. I love designing the landscape for the fish to explore. I just recently converted my 25 into a 55 Gallon tank, and only a few days ago made it into a black water environment. My favorite fish would have to be my black ghost knife which I have watched grow from a few inches to almost 9 now. I take great pride in my tank.
Fish Kept:Black Ghost Knife
Red Finned Shark
Corals/Plants:All fake, live plants cannot live in blackwater.
Quote:One day I want a fish tank big enough I can swim in.
About Yourself:I started out buying a 20 gal goldfish tank for my daughter and became obsessed. I rescued what I though was a pleco from a horrible fish store who actually turned out to be a lace catfish(now named Igor)and bought my first 75 gal for him to fit in. I bought my first "cichlid" a Jurupari named "Geo" soon after and I was hooked. The goldfish are now in a pond we built in the back yard and we now have 3 fish tanks.
Advice:Never overstock your fish tank. Always research a fish before purchasing it to know what you are getting into. Find a local small fish store and purchase your fish from them, dont shop big chains.