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Hi, my name is Josh. I started in the hobby as a kid - we had a couple of tanks and a pond. I kept an albino channel catfish and a crayfish, along with a rotation of other fish in a 10 gallon, which was my tank. I certainly didn't learn from my mistakes at that time. Years later, I had a roommate that mentioned something about getting a fish tank for the house, and that's all it took to get me back into the hobby. So I got one, then a couple more, then three more, and so on and so forth until I had 18 tanks running. It was a big house :) The internet was instrumental in my development and success as a fish keeper this time around. Fishlore has been a big part of that.
I feed all of my fish NLS thera A exclusively, once a day most days. Occasionally they get fed twice in a day. It's been 3 years since they've eaten anything else.
I use an azoo power head 1800 to do drain the tanks and a python to refill them; I change 80% of the water. Pumping the water out allows me to drain one tank and fill another at the same time, taking significantly less time.
ALL new fish are given a heat treatment for ich while they are in quarantine. Quarantine lasts for about 3 weeks. I group the fish that are going in the same tank in the same QT.
All tanks have malaysian trumpet snails. Some have more than others :)
All tanks are unheated. The ambient air is warm enough to not require it. The massive filtration systems also heat the water a few degrees above room temp.
I run opposing canisters on all the bigger tanks. One filter pushes the water across the front of the tank and the other pushes it back along the back. This creates a circular flow within the tank, which keeps it in pristine condition.
I do not use activated carbon. I stopped when I switched to custom media, and haven't noticed any reason to resume. I use ceramic prefilter media, then mechanical, then biomedia. I clean the filters no more than a few times a year.
I don't ever test the water and don't own a test kit. I believe in routine and observation.
My tanks are virtually algae free; it's like they are impervious to it. One time I had a clump of beard algae growing on some decor and I thought of it as a plant. I do have one tank that has a minimal amount on the glass, but it gets direct sun every morning.
Fish I've kept
In addition to the 45 species currently in my collection, I have kept 31 other species...some not very successfully - Betta, dwarf, honey and 3 spot gouramis, dwarf and regular crayfish, cherry and ghost shrimp, zebra danios, channel, pictus and pimodella catfish, koi, comets, sunfish, mummichogs, mollies, guppies, endlers, hillstream loaches, black ghost knife, cockatoo apistos, mystery snails, gardneri and guentheri killis, german blue rams, cardinal and serpae tetras, threadfin and celebes rainbows, and bala sharks.
Goldfish are my favorites.
Plants and decor
I am tentatively trying live plants. I have mastered java moss and have moved on to anubias, frogbit and naja. I haven't killed them yet...
All of the decor is artificial, except for a piece of driftwood in the 55.
I have no plans for any other tanks, though I have been toying with the idea of converting the 55 to a SW tank.
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