Noodle's Other Tanks

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So I spent all yesterday ripping out the rock substrate (id say gravel, but it was more like stones) of one of my 20gs. I plan on doing the same to my other 20 gallon tomorrow. Ill have that update after it's done. Not feeling great today so im opting to put it off.

Anywho, this post is going to be like my 46 gallon thread, but for my other 3 smaller tanks. They don't change up much, but i will post the photos of those fish here too.

Stock for each featured tank:


Planted 20 gallon tall:
1 betta (female)
6 skirt tetras (white, black, and glo)
2 mollies (1 male sailfin, 1 female balloon)
2 platies (mom, daughter)
1 nirite snail
Bunch of ramshorn snails
Elimia snails

Plants:
Water Wisteria (planted and floating)
Amazon sword
Crypt
Moneywort


Non-planted 20 gallon tall:
6 cherry barbs (1M5F) + 1 fry
1 sailfin lyretail molly
3 platies (boys, two are sons of the mom in my other 20 gallon)
4 apple snails
2 nirite snails
Ramshorn and bladder snails
Elimia snail



10 gallon Blackwater:
1 male betta
2 female ghost shrimp
Ramshorn snails

Has java ferns, but super tiny. Trying out bladderwort.
 
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This is the non-planted 20 tall. I cant have plants since my apple snails devour them immediately.

This is it currently, since ive ripped out the old substrate and replaced it with sand.
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This is what it was before. I had to remove the tall ornament--paint was peeling off the mushrooms. Makes me sad as it was cute and my male barb loved it. Silk plants got tossed too. The snails chewed them and frayed them so bad.
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This is my betta's blackwater tank.

Substrate is leaf litter and a few pebbles lol

Filtered simply with an air powered biofilter, made instead of bought. Made only to hold biomedia rather than use for mechanical filtration.

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And my planted 20, which wont be staying like this. Tomorrow i will be ripping out all the stones and switching to sand. It will be rearranged as well. But for now, this is the current look.
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MissNoodle said:
And my planted 20, which wont be staying like this. Tomorrow i will be ripping out all the stones and switching to sand. It will be rearranged as well. But for now, this is the current look.
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Cool tank!
 
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Here is a preview of the renovated planted 20 gallon.

Gotta love fresh sand...
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Clearing up a smidge.
Sad is that i rinsed and rinsed and rinsed this sand over last 2 days and it STILL does this.
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On another note, needed more Prime so had to run to the store.

Meet Clementine. She is adorably chunky. Shes in the planted 20 gallon, seems fine with it, but back up plan is a divider in Franklin's blackwater. She isnt bothered too much by the other fish and the others arent bothered by her, so hoping it stays that way.
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MissNoodle said:
This is the non-planted 20 tall. I cant have plants since my apple snails devour them immediately.

This is it currently, since ive ripped out the old substrate and replaced it with sand.
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This is what it was before. I had to remove the tall ornament--paint was peeling off the mushrooms. Makes me sad as it was cute and my male barb loved it. Silk plants got tossed too. The snails chewed them and frayed them so bad.
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LOve the black mollys!
 
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skippyenthalpy said:
LOve the black mollys!
I love my mollies too! The big girl in the non planted 20 is a marble and shes a bully lol hence why we stuck her with barbs. Even they stay out of her way
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And then my calico boy in my planted 20. Hes a gentleman. Very docile and doesnt bother anyone.
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And then my little balloon girl in the planted 20. Shes so derpy but shes cute. Very shy fish, hides easily. She really likes my calico boy, follows him around everywhere and he treats her like a little lady.
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Try using a pvc tube from home depot or Lowe's or something taller than the tank and at least a few inches round or bigger and use it to pour in the sand through the tube straight to the bottom of the tank while the tank is somewhat full, I myself haven't done it but seen a video and got the idea for next time, that's me assuming you dont already know that trick and either dumped the sand straight in the water or dumped a bucket of water into a fresh bed of sand and rustled it all up. Looks good and clearing up nicely!
 
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CincyRob84 said:
Try using a pvc tube from home depot or Lowe's or something taller than the tank and at least a few inches round or bigger and use it to pour in the sand through the tube straight to the bottom of the tank while the tank is somewhat full, I myself haven't done it but seen a video and got the idea for next time, that's me assuming you dont already know that trick and either dumped the sand straight in the water or dumped a bucket of water into a fresh bed of sand and rustled it all up. Looks good and clearing up nicely!
Rinsed the sand, and placed it damp into the empty tank, then poured water in via hose, but not directly onto the sand. But alas lol
 

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Sorry dont know what alas is? Lol and sorry, just trying to help not make such mess adding sand next time!
 

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Ugh I want to switch to sand. But last time I switched color of gravel a bunch of my fish died. So I'm skiddish. They look great so far!
 

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I put a little pint or quart container into the tank (or a plastic bag) and put the hose into that so the water flows out of that and doesn't disturb the sand much.
 
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CincyRob84 said:
Sorry dont know what alas is? Lol and sorry, just trying to help not make such mess adding sand next time!
"Alas" means "this is how it is" or "this is it".
I appreciate the tips though :D its good to know for future use.

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Ugh I want to switch to sand. But last time I switched color of gravel a bunch of my fish died. So I'm skiddish. They look great so far!
Im wondering if something stirred up and affected the fish? I removed mine from the tank to redo the substrate.

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I put a little pint or quart container into the tank (or a plastic bag) and put the hose into that so the water flows out of that and doesn't disturb the sand much.
I stuck the hose on low inside the log ornament so it gently dispersed the water.
 

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"Alas" means "this is how it is" or "this is it".
I appreciate the tips though :D its good to know for future use.


Im wondering if something stirred up and affected the fish? I removed mine from the tank to redo the substrate.


I stuck the hose on low inside the log ornament so it gently dispersed the water.
So did I....:confused:
 
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StarGirl15 said:
So did I....:confused:
Thats confusing... possibly a pH shock or temperature. It's hard to say.

Maybe ive just gotten lucky :/

Once my husband switched substrate... he didn't rinse it before dumping it into the tank, fish in too. Lost a few from it.
 
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Woooo we can start seeing things now. Almost there lol

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So updating.

We ended up dividing the blackwater. Clementine was too scared of the other fish in the tank, so shes been moved and already im seeing more exploring and happy betta behaviours from her. Neither of them even care they have a neighbour (or havent noticed).
I will switch to a black sheet once i find some, but for now they have a white sheet. Black would just blend better. Or red lol
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(And Franklin, he wants some spotlight too)
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You can see the blackwater on the bottom of the stand for our non planted 20.
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As for our non planted20, i added a few more ornaments. Theyre happy with it. I wish it could be plants but... sigh

My water has also cleared up on my planted 20 gallon.

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Franklin finally realized he has a neighbour lol hes been showing off off and on when he sees her, and she ignores him but neither seem stressed about the arrangement.
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Also, momma platy dropped more fry, can't you tell? Monthly buffet. Seen one or two when the lights turned on, and fat tetras.
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