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Everything on this list has been updated due to losses and additions.
Like with everything in my life, my first tank is very eclectic and breaks several "rules" of raising fish.

Not entirely sure of the size of my tank, but I think it's 20 gallons.
Also, because I did not buy most of the fish, I am unsure about what some of them are, I'm basing this on what I have found here and elsewhere on the internet.

3 Orange barbs
1 glass fish that was (unfortunately) injected with a florescent yellow dye.
2 glass fish added to help glass fish #1 feel more at home
A large number of Malaysian Trumpet Snails, which, surprisingly, were originally taken from a MN lake (where they should not have been).
2 Mystery Snails

29 gallon long-
1 goldfish. Pretty standard guy, though he's a pink color that I haven't seen in a goldfish before. I get the impression that he was painted. The prior caretaker said that she got him in a carnival, and a month or so after she got him home, he faded to the pink he is now.

Miyamoto. This is a platinum koi, part butterfly. (Miyamoto is his name, not the name of the breed. He's a koi version of a mutt) He was a rare find at a big chain's aquarium section. I got him as a baby. He's named after a great Japanese swordfighter because he is a fighter. He made three separate escapes from the employee before finally being placed in the carrying bag. He also can stare one of my cats down. She'll go running from the room if he charges at the wall of the tank.

A piece of driftwood with java fern attached to it.
There might be shrimp still living in this tank.
Millions upon millions of diatoms.

10 gallon-
Water Wysteria,
small clump of chain sword that I'm praying will survive.
Tons of Malaysian Trumpet Snails (For some reason, they are breeding like rabbits in this tank, perhaps due to the higher temp of the tank)
Betta

35g hex-
Three pieces of driftwood with java fern and java moss attached.
Three platinum lyretail mollies
Countless Amano shrimp of unknown types. Some are colored like normal Amano shrimp, but don't breed like the normal ones. Others are the red ones.
Pond snails.
Malaysian Trumpet Snails.
 
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Two New Additions to my family of tanks (MTS took a leap here)

10 gallon stocked with several plants:
Red Myrmio (sp?), Anubias Nana, Dwarf Four Leaf Clover, Micro Chain Sword, Micro Sword, and Water Wisteria. Will take periodic trimming, but as the plants are this tank's primary source of filtration, I think it's necessary.
Currently the only animals in the tank are two snails. One is a Japanese Trapdoor Snail. Has not moved yet. I'm hoping it's alive. The other I am really hoping is a baby Japanese Trapdoor Snail and not something introduced when I put the plants in.
I will be getting a betta for this tank.
I also hope to breed clams in another tank an introduce one as further filtration.
For equipment I only have a heater and a bubble wall (to introduce CO2 from a generator)

29 gallon also stocked with plants:
Red Myrmio, Java Fern, Water Wisteria, and Micro Chain Sword.
Current residents are three Japanese Amano Shrimp. One Cherry Red Japanese Amano Shrimp. Two freshwater clams. Two Japanese Trapdoor Snails (one of which has disappeared, but I assume it's hiding in the piece of driftwood in there).
This will be the home of Miyamoto and the goldfish in time. I plan on introducing the goldfish soon, but I'm going to wait for the shrimp to grow a bit before putting Miyamoto in. He's curious about anything small and moving, and I'd rather he not hurt them.
Tank has a Whisper filter in it, as well as a bubble wall (same reason as the above tank. No heater, because its fishy inhabitants prefer cold water.
 
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Update on the 10 gallon tank
Got two ottos a couple of weeks ago in order to keep control of algae.
Today, picked up a brilliant red betta. Actually, wife picked it out. (I wanted one that almost looked ultraviolet).
 

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sirdarksol said:
Update on the 10 gallon tank
Got two ottos a couple of weeks ago in order to keep control of algae.
Today, picked up a brilliant red betta. Actually, wife picked it out. (I wanted one that almost looked ultraviolet).
you know us Betta addicts will want to see him. i love otos.. such energetic little cleaners.
 
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That will require me not being lazy for a moment. > I'll see if I can get a few tank pictures tomorrow, when the lights are on.
 

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That will require me not being lazy for a moment. > I'll see if I can get a few tank pictures tomorrow, when the lights are on.
lol. ok.
 

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keep it up. Only 13 to go to catch up with my MTS!
 
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There have been some fairly big changes to my setups.

35g Hex
There is now only one molly, as she has murdered her two tankmates by starving them to death. By the time I found out what was happening, and made changes that allowed the others to eat, they were too stressed and succumbed. Otherwise, this tank remains the same.

No longer have the 20 gallon community.
It is now a 90 gallon community
One gold barb
Five glassfish
Three kuhli loaches
Three black neons
Three bundles of bronze crypt
Five dwarf onions,
Two pieces of driftwood with star moss
Hemianthus Callinthrodes (hopefully will survive)

In a refugium attached to the 90 gallon, there are three stalks of lucky bamboo growing out of the water. Eventually there will be some sort of creature inhabiting the refugium, as well. I'm just not sure what.

Right now, there is a rather unsightly tangle of tubes in the 90 gallon. Once I get the new hood made, I will be able to shorten these, as I will know just how long they need to be.
 

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Nice setup what size of refungium are you looking at getting? Maybe you can answer a question of mine what real purpose dose a Freshwater refungium serve other than heating, filtration , lower to the ground for easy water changes and increase in total volume. I think there has to be more to it because if that was it why not just buy a bigger tank?
 
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Refugium is already set up. If you look at the first picture, on the lefthand side, just to the right of the dechlorinator bottle, you'll see something that looks kind of like a 3 gallon water jug with the top chopped off (it is)
It is part decorative, part nitrate sink. I have some lucky bamboo growing in there, and am going to put a couple of other plants in there.
I will likely be keeping an invert or small fish (like a dwarf puffer) in there that I wouldn't be able to keep in the main tank.
 
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They look really good, it sounds like you'll have an interesting set up. What did you do with the 20 gallon?

btw, get your feet out of the betta tank
 

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Ok so you have and open top refungium on top of the tank. Did you buy it or was it DIY and how so you have it set up to circulate with the main tank? I know i am embedding but i am just curious.
 

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I hope he did it himself because if someone sold him half a plastic bottle, that would be a bad fish store
 
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angelfish220 said:
I hope he did it himself because if someone sold him half a plastic bottle, that would be a bad fish store
Yes, I did it myself. The 3 gallon plastic water bottle was cheaper than an equivalent sized acrylic tank, and I needed something that I could cut into so I could have gravity drain the water back into the main tank.

Lucy said:
btw, get your feet out of the betta tank
NO! It's comfortable in there.
 
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