Advice:GO SLOW. Take your time to get a feel for your tank. Don't go nuts and load it, you'll shock the system. I keep tons of plants in my tanks, they filter, they shelter and they look good. You can't beat live tanks.
Description:This is a three year old pic of my tank. I figured I'd throw it up here and see what you all think.... It's different now but... The angels used to breed all the time...
About Yourself:My father is a geology professor who helped origonate the idea of plate techtonics, my stepmother is a marine biologist who introduced me to freshwater fishtanks when she was studying crayfish behavior(she was far from the sea as we moved to Ithaca NY when I was ten). I used to raise fish I caught in the local streams and ponds. I buried flat rocks in the front corners of my tank and watched as the crayfish created their burrows, and then I was able to watch them as I had set it up so I would be able to see into their homes. I would return fish and crayfish to the stream when I went away for trips and when they got too big. I'm a respiratory therapist, I have an eight year old son, and we're both into fishtanks and N-scale trains.
Fish Kept:14 inch arawana, 3 8-10 inch Florida spotted gars, 2 eight inch hydro gars, 2 7 inch weather loaches, 1 6 inch talapia.
Corals/Plants:Large, medium, and small anubias, java fern, java moss, Amazon sword, and a few kinds of other medium to small nice plants.
Advice:put yourself in the skin of your fish. Give them places to hide for privacy and they will be healthier.
Feed them the best food there is and vary the diet. I also skip a day or so between feedings for periods of time especially once the tank has aged a little and the fish are in good shape. It works for me.
Description:1 month old Asian/rainbow fish tank. Plants are growing nicely
Advice:To avoid going backwards and buying what you don't need PLAN ahead.
In the beginning all you need is a tank, correct substrate and depth depending on plants chosen, filter,
ph, ammonia, nirite, and nitrate test kits, a heater, thermometer, and not much else til later.
Start by just running your tank for a week or two adding a small bit of fish food or just use Cycle, then check ammonia and nitrite, if levels are good start planting if not add a bit of cycle and wait another week or until ammonia and nitrite fall to safe levels, at which time you buy your lighting, if your planting it wont hurt to go a few weeks without adding C02 and longer for ferts letting your plants take root and establish. Check ammonia/nirite again. THEN slowly add your fish which saves more money starting to get my idea?? Then use all your saved money to buy bulbs food driftwood. Take small watchful steps and you will avoid the problems I went through by not doing any of the above things I typed lol!
Description:38 gal planted tank about a year old
DIY C02 diffused by hagen ladder
192w current usa pc lighting
Eheim 2026 filtration