Photo Caption:This is my 55 gallon tank with live plants. It has been up since March with plants being added slowly since then. For decor I used driftwood and large black rocks. Filtration is an Aqueon 55 HOB and an extra Penguin 150 HOB. I keep the temp at 78 degrees. The lighting is Coralife CF at 5wpg on 6 hours per day. I use pressurized CO2. For livestock I have 1 angelfish, 3 pearl gourami, 7 tiger barbs (no, they don't bother anyone), a large school of neon tetras, 4 emerald green corycats, 2 yo-yo loaches, 7 amano shrimp, 7 otocinclus. Be gentle, I'm new at this!
Description: I have 6 tanks, ranging from 7.5g to 80g, see below. All of my tanks are glass, except for one acrylic SeaClear tank. I use only *fishless* cycling methods and I can cycle a 20 gallon tank in about 10 days without fish.
I prefer to use Eco-Complete substrate in my planted tanks, and in my non-planted tanks in case I should choose to plant them one day. My planted tanks use T5 lighting, 3-5 wpg, non-planted tanks use standard flourescent lights. I use only HOB filters, my preference being Marineland's Penguin filters, although I do use some others.
I change my water weekly in most of my tanks, about every 10 days in my oldest tanks. I use a Python and it is done zippety fast! My water is very hard with a pH around 8.0. My parameters usually read Ammonia 0, Nitrite 0, Nitrate 10-20 in all my tanks.
Advice: Start slowly, buy the biggest tank you can properly support (weight/dimension wise) in your home, thoroughly research the fish's wants/needs before you buy them, and consider fishless cycling as a humane option. Don't keep bettas in bowls and do keep schooling fish in *schools*.
Fish Kept: 7.5 Gallon Cube Planted
3 Female Bettas
80 Gallon Long
Established March 2009. 3 Pearl Gourami, 1 Angelfish, large school of Neon Tetras, 6 Tiger Barbs, 4 Emerald Green Corydora, several Otocinclus, 1 Yo-Yo Loache.
29 Gallon SeaClear Tank
6 Blue Tetras, 4 Badis Badis, and 3 Bolivian Rams (Larry, Mo, and Curly).
20 Long Planted
2 Dwarf Chain Loaches, 3 Corydoras Pygmaeus, 3 Otocinclus, 1 Red Shrimp, 3 Amano Shrimp, 6 Black Neon Tetras, 5 Sparkling Gourami, a few Microrasboras.
10 Gallon Planted
Red Cherry Shrimp Tank
10 Gallon Planted
1 White Crayfish (Snowball)
4 Zebra Danios
Quote: If it can't be solved by talking to a fish, it can't be solved.
About Yourself: I live in Southern California and am a psychotherapist. My interests include golf, poker, my 2 dogs and 2 cats, and now my fish.
I don't remember why I got my first Betta about 4 years ago, but that got me hooked on having at least one Betta nearby. In recently learning that keeping Bettas in vases is actually cruel, I was exposed to the fish/aquarium hobby, fell in love with it, and got a real tank. Now I can't keep my arm out of it or my eyes off it.