Advice:Keep up on maintenance, plant heavily, Enjoy
Description:piece of nature
Rated #2: 90 Gallons Planted Tank
Rank:#2 out of 2145 Planted Tanks submitted all-time 2019 Top 10
Number of votes:128
Quote:Don't do today what you can put off until tomorrow.(Only joking, of course)
About Yourself:Have kept a tropical tank for around 30 years and it's that long ago I can't remember what got me into it, probably the beauty of the fish in particular the Siamese Fighting Fish which I managed to breed a few years back. Sat up until around 2.30 am watching them fertilize the eggs and put them into the bubble nest. In general I just love keeping fish and find it rewarding once the tank is all set up and planted out well, the latter being the hardest to do for me.
Fish Kept:Main Tank
Panda catfish -20 ish
Bronze catfish -6
Peppered catfish - 8
Albino catfish - 8
Neon Tetra -20
Glowlight Tetra - 2
Black Emperor Tetra - 6
Silver Dollar - 2
Clown loach - 4
Zebra Danio - 8
Harlequins - 10
Rummy nose Tetra - 6
Humbug catfish- 1
Koi Angels - 2
Golden loach - 2
Khuli loaches - 8
3 bronze cory's
3 albino catfish
1 female siamese (mum and dad have passed now)
1 sucking loach
20 neon tetras.
Advice:Spend plenty of time observing your fish and don't forget to do regular water changes of around 15 to 20% once or twice a week, I do it twice a week. I now use RO water because I have tested my tap water and found that it is high in nitrate.
I have my own RO filtration unit and also use the water for making cups of tea, which I must tell you tastes far better than tap water.
Another thing to remember is always wash your filters in a bucket of water that you have just drained from your tank and NOT under the tap, if you have more than one filter as I do then you can clean one and leave the other for a month, this way you will always have good bacteria in one of them.
There is plenty of good info on the net now, so just read up and filter the info to suit your particular needs.
Description:Front veiw of 10 foot tank.
Rated #3: 540 Gallons Planted Tank
Rank:#3 out of 2145 Planted Tanks submitted all-time 2019 Top 10
Advice:Patient with common sense.
Talk to your plant. They will tell you what they need.
Description:Wet, Sweat and Blood
Rated #9: Planted Tank
Rank:#9 out of 2145 Planted Tanks submitted all-time 2019 Top 10
Number of votes:317
Rated #10: 40 Gallons Planted Tank
Rank:#10 out of 2145 Planted Tanks submitted all-time 2019 Top 10
Number of votes:291
Quote:if it aint broke dont fix it!
About Yourself:i'm a 25 year old headhunter. got into the hobby by looging onto fishforums when i had a problem with my basic fish tank and never looked back. i dont own any fish/plant related books and have learnt everything from members of that planted tank forum. i actually have 3 planted tanks the 180, a juwel rekord 60 with a sandy layout and a 50G cube.
Fish Kept:28 cardinal tetras
2 sailfin gibbiceps (10cm and 6cm)
1 adult angel
1 platy (rehomed for a friend)
1 flying fox
3 sterbai corys
5/6 amano shrimp (not that i ever see them)
Advice:for a planted tank setup i cant emphasise enough the use of laterite and CO2. one of the main reasons for failing with swords etc (heavy root feeders)is a lack of nutrients at the roots. laterite is reasonably affordable and will last years. on the co2 front, adding a basic yeast type co2 kit will improve any planted tank in one simple step. i will always use some kind of co2 in any planted tank regardless of lighting levels.
and more importantly than anything weekly ewater changes (if adding dry ferts 50% to dilute the last weeks fertaliser leftovers)
Description:this is the last layout in this tank (Juwel rio180) i am waiting for the current glosso carpet to fill out before posting the current pic. but for the time being here it is with a riccia carpet.