55 gallon blog

Discussion in 'Akari_32' started by Akari_32, Dec 30, 2012.

  1. Akari_32Fishlore LegendMember

    Getting a head start on this blog before I get the tank going ;)

    I got this tank for Christmas from my mom. It needs a lot of help, but it's easy to fix up. It needs:

    New hoods
    New magnet for the filter
    A very thorough cleaning

    The tank will house (until the fish are larger):

    -4 fancy goldfish (2, 2 1/2, 3, and 4 inches)
    -1 sailfin pleco (4 inches)
    -1 female Pearl Gourami (4 inches, fully grown)

    And untill spring it will also house a 2 inch common goldfish and a Molly, and they'll be moved out to the pond when its warmed back up.

    There is also a fantail goldfish at Walmart I may buy if it's still there after I have the tank set up, as it's been there the last several times I've been in the store, and I don't go often. We all know the rule about fish we see multiple times... :;nin2

    The magnet for the filter is at the low end of the property list, as the tank came with a larger hob filter that I'll use for a while with my AC 50. I want to get the canister running though, as I want and need a good filter for this tank.

    Today, I bought a really cool fake driftwood ornament, with plants all over it. It's 2 1/2 feet long! I love it :D It was 15% off because it's got a broken bit near the bottom, but it's an easy cover up. I also bought a bunch of live plants. Two boxes of aponogenton bulbs, a crypt Wendtii (I have a bunch of these, actually, but they're green), a Cyprus belferi, and an oscelot sword :3

    I may at first, before bringing the goldfish in from the pond, just move all the fish from the 20 long right into this new tank, because I have a lot of tank shuffling to do. I need to rearrange and cut back on tanks. it'll be a challenge, as I have a betta problem to go with my goldfish problem XD

    Pics of the plants will go up as soon as I get them in a tank, and pics of the tank will go up as soon as I get it to my house :) in the mean time, pics of the goldfish are in my 65 gallon pond blog, available as a link in my sig :)
  2. Akari_32Fishlore LegendMember

    Remember that fish at Walmart? Well... I bought him. I went in today because I wanted to buy a new bulb for the 20 long (which they didn't have the right thickness of...), and the poor dude looked dreadful! The other day he was active and happy, and today he was sitting low to the gravel, gasping, and not responding much to much outside the tank. I couldn't leave him there in good thought.

    So, I brought him home, kicked the gourami out of the 6 gallon into a breeders net in the 20 long; and am QTing him in the 6 gallon. He's utterly huge, but it's all I've got. Plus it'll be clean, something he doesn't know exists. I'm going to give him a week of Kordon Rid-Ick Plus, and daily water changes. He'll be looking better in no time :)

    Here are some pics of him :)

    Looks like a male, but with out being able to flip him over and look better at his vent, it's just a guess for now. Names are welcome :)

  3. Akari_32Fishlore LegendMember

    New guys is looking much better today! He's eating, and moving about and digging for food. Definitely a male, as he's developed breeding stars on his gill plates :3

    He likes to people watch, which is creepy. He'll just stop dead, turn, and stare at me for a long time. Creeper fish... <.<

    Still needs a name, too...

  4. Akari_32Fishlore LegendMember

    Hiya guys!

    After much consideration and debate, I've decided a few things.

    1) This tank will be all female fish, except for the new goldfish. I think he deserves a tank full of ladies :p So, he'll have 2 goldfish girlfriends, the female Pearl Gourami, the female Sailfin pleco, and until spring, a female Molly and a female common goldfish. Lucky little boy! I may also house female Endlers, and a school of panda corries and/or 2+ Swamp darters, genders unknown lol

    2) The substrate will be gravel. I wanted to do sand, but i cant stand how uneven and messed up sand gets! Plus, sand is more expensive. I'm going to partion off the CaribSea gravel to the corners of the tank with plastic canvas, and plant the heavy root feeders in that, and the rest of the tank will be plain black gravel.

    3) I had originally given up on a DIY sump, but I'm going to give it a try. Just have to figure out how they work and how to build one. This will come later though. For now I have HOBs and a canister.

  5. oscarsbudWell Known MemberMember

    Actually, if you use play sand or pool filter sand, it is a lot cheaper than gravel. I think I paid $8.00 for enough sand to do 1/2 a 150 gallon tank, 2 10 gallon tanks and a 5 gallon.

    And from my own experience - make sure you bury the canvas good. I put a layer of canvas between the soil and the top substrate when I did my 150 and on the sand side, it is starting to show through in spots. Cories are just such busy little earth movers.
  6. ZiggiWell Known MemberMember

    Jack Ryder - The Creeper! :) Super Hero that strikes fear in the heart of... well Harley Quin! [video=youtube;dTiPIy32D-E]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dTiPIy32D-E[/video]

    Sorry, this is all I thought about when you said creeper fish! XD Good luck with your little stalking romancer!
  7. Akari_32Fishlore LegendMember

    I want a black substrate, though. The canvas will be held in place by either silicon or suction cups. Not sure yet.

  8. QQQUUUUAADDDWell Known MemberMember

    You could also go to Tractor Supply and get the Black Diamond. I think it's as cheap as PFS.
  9. Akari_32Fishlore LegendMember

    Oh that's true! It's really yucky at first though, isn't it? Have you used it before? Is it heavy enough that the goldfish can't throw it around so much? I really hate an uneven sand bed... :;nin2
  10. QQQUUUUAADDDWell Known MemberMember

    I haven't used it myself but I've heard it has a grain size similar to PFS. Don't know about how yucky it is.
  11. Akari_32Fishlore LegendMember

    I hear it's real oily at first, and needs a lot of rinsing.
  12. MattyBlancoValued MemberMember

    Your Pearl Gourami shouldn't be fully gown at 4 inches, they can grow up to 6 inches long. I have both a male and a female and both are almost 5 1/2 inches right now.
  13. QQQUUUUAADDDWell Known MemberMember

    That sounds reasonable as it is coal slag.
  14. Akari_32Fishlore LegendMember

    She's stunted. Got her from my uncle, who know nothing about fish. She's got about an inch of tail on top of that 4 inch body length, but should have be a few inches longer. Her back is kind of hunched, so it gives her a male Cichlid look lol
  15. Akari_32Fishlore LegendMember

    Putting this here for myself later
  16. Tigress HillWell Known MemberMember

    This forum is becoming ever more "batty":;batman Mwahahaha
  17. Akari_32Fishlore LegendMember

    So, this tank may be pushed back some. Hopefully not too much longer, though. I plan on keeping the tank in my room, which is actually a one car garage, and has no windows. With no hoods in place, I cannot set the tank up unless I can figure something out for lighting for the plants. If I didn't have plants to worry about, I'd just leave the bedroom light on untill I got the hoods, but I have near $100 worth of plants in the tanks I'm combining to set up this one, so I'd like to not kill them off lol When I do order the hoods, though, they should come in 3-4 days. Hopefully I can order them on Thursday and have them by next Monday.
  18. AlanGreeneWell Known MemberMember

    I'm keeping watch of this thread looking forward to photos!
  19. ZombieKeeprWell Known MemberMember

    Heh ... Why don't you go cheap/easy and get something like this:

    It'd be more then enough to keep all those pretty plants of yours alive, based on how mine grows my plants. :p
  20. oscarsbudWell Known MemberMember

    I don't know how it will work for a 55, but both my 10 gallon tanks just have a cheap strip light from Lowe's laying across the glass top and the plants are doing great.

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