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BPSabelhaus

New guy here, first brackish tank though I have kept fish previously. I’m sure I’ll have questions etc... though this has already taught me a fair amount.

I started this tank as a teaching tank for my son during at home schooling. Started it last year in Kindergarten and have continued it since. Initially it was to teach lifecycles and was basically a bare freshwater tank with a male guppy, five females and two tadpoles. After the now frogs were moved into the outdoor aquarium/pond/water garden (nobody is ever happy with what I call it) it was just the guppies and fry.
After awhile I noticed one of the fry had very pretty markings. Turns out it was an Endler. That was the beginning of the rabbithole lol. Since I was already using the tank to teach chemistry (water testing) and learning these are a euryhaline fish, I figured “what the heck” and added specific gravity to the curriculum This has led to experimenting with local sea grasses and macroalgae being acclimated to the much warmer water.
Anyway, this continues to be an experiment for a future mangrove tank and what I may keep in it.

Current tank residents:
Male Endler
4 female guppies (one may be an Endler, hard to tell)
Two red leg hermit crabs
Acorn barnacles- acclimated from Puget sound
Pacific mussels- also from the sound
Sea lettuce - ditto
Fucus - yup
Green hair (unsure of type) also local
Formerly had some kelp, but the hermies ate it all.

unfortunately, the red algae did not make it. Was very pretty, glows orange under the night lights.

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New guy here, first brackish tank though I have kept fish previously. I’m sure I’ll have questions etc... though this has already taught me a fair amount.

I started this tank as a teaching tank for my son during at home schooling. Started it last year in Kindergarten and have continued it since. Initially it was to teach lifecycles and was basically a bare freshwater tank with a male guppy, five females and two tadpoles. After the now frogs were moved into the outdoor aquarium/pond/water garden (nobody is ever happy with what I call it) it was just the guppies and fry.
After awhile I noticed one of the fry had very pretty markings. Turns out it was an Endler. That was the beginning of the rabbithole lol. Since I was already using the tank to teach chemistry (water testing) and learning these are a euryhaline fish, I figured “what the ****” and added specific gravity to the curriculum This has led to experimenting with local sea grasses and macroalgae being acclimated to the much warmer water.
Anyway, this continues to be an experiment for a future mangrove tank and what I may keep in it.

Current tank residents:
Male Endler
4 female guppies (one may be an Endler, hard to tell)
Two red leg hermit crabs
Acorn barnacles- acclimated from Puget sound
Pacific mussels- also from the sound
Sea lettuce - ditto
Fucus - yup
Green hair (unsure of type) also local
Formerly had some kelp, but the hermies ate it all.

unfortunately, the red algae did not make it. Was very pretty, glows orange under the night lights.

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Welcome to Fishlore and your aquarium looks terrific
 
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Dennis57

Hi, and Welcome to Fishlore.

How big is the tank?

It says you do not know about the nitrogen cycle, if that's true you really should read up about it.
 
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BPSabelhaus

Welcome to Fishlore and your aquarium looks terrific
It looks bad
I thought I had better pics on the phone. I’ll take better ones later when the light is better. Thanks for the welcome.
-Ben

edit: Dennis it’s a ten gallon. As for nitrogen cycle it was yes/no. I’m not clueless, but anything I’m not certain of is filed under “verify” in my head so I went with no. I tend to be pretty cautious. The future tank will have to be “oh yeah, I got this” as I want it to be non mechanical filtration. Just plants, cleaners etc... That will be the new challenge.

second edit: Sorry bout’ that. Didn’t think that word would be on the list.
 
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mimo91088

Welcome aboard! Neat project
 
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BPSabelhaus

Been a little laid up waiting on surgery. Still haven’t taken much better pics, but did do some maintenance on the tank this week and noticed some interesting fry in the tank. Most are the usual yellowish gold/white/tan of most guppies. However, there are three that are much darker. Not black, more of a dark gunmetal grey color. Might be interesting if they keep it into adulthood.
Tough to get pics since they’re small and constantly moving, but that seems to be life lol
Tank is all cleaned up, pulled out a fair amount of sea lettuce and hair algae which seem to be the only things the hermits don’t eat Gave the guppies a raspberry as an apology for not being as on it this last month.
 

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BPSabelhaus

Getting some lovely hybrids now. Going to split these guys off into an outdoor (for the summer) freshwater small pond then separate out the ones I like to bring back in to overwinter with my tropical plants. Set the outdoor tank up a couple weeks ago to grow out hornwort and elodea for the goldfish, just waiting on water temps to come up a bit.
 

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