Started My Office Tank

Discussion in 'Freshwater Aquarium Builds' started by Hunter1, Apr 22, 2018.

  1. Hunter1

    Hunter1Well Known MemberMember

    so today I set up my 29 gallon office tank. 40lbs if eco-complete covered with BDBS.

    HOB filter has 2 of 4 filter cartridges seasoned from another tank. 2 double sponge filters, one of the 2 are seasoned from other tanks. So basically 1/2 my filteration is seasoned.

    Added glass top, Beamworks LED light, heater. Some hornwort and a chain sword. Other plants on order.

    Added 9 harlequin rasporas and 6 bronze corys.

    Actually ordered a dozen harlequins but it was close to closing and I went to the Cory tanks to look for some peppers but they didn’t have enough. Guy only added 10 harlequins and one died on the trip home.

    So my plan is 12+ harlequins, 6-maybe 8 bronze corys and a centerpiece fish or 2.

    Thinking Bolivian rams, DGs, or an angel. But tank is at 75, kinda cool for an angel.

  2. Jenoli42

    Jenoli42Well Known MemberMember

    I tend to let others comment on stocking but wanted to say it sounds great and I can't wait for photos ;)
  3. OP

    Hunter1Well Known MemberMember

    I thought I would tank pictures but forgot. Hope to remember Monday but it will look better when I get the rest of the plants.
  4. OP

    Hunter1Well Known MemberMember

    My office tank I started last Saturday.

    Some fake plants until Monday, my wetplants order arrived today.

    What do you think of the white quartz on the black sand?

    Think I uploaded the same photo twice.

    Currently stocked with 9 harlequins and 6 bronze corys.

    Not sure what to add? Double the harlequins? Rummy nose Tetras? Pair of Bolivian rams? Others?

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  5. Jenoli42

    Jenoli42Well Known MemberMember

    Heh we have 2 of that same fake plant only one in purple/ blue and one maroon. our kuhli loaches love climbing on it like a ladder.

    ... what about some of those? kuhli?

    rummy noses would complement your black white and green color scheme.

    Bolivians would also work. so many options! lucky.

    what about something bright yellow? lemon tetras? dunno about temp tho
  6. Ulu

    UluWell Known MemberMember

    How did you cycle the tank in one week?
  7. SFGiantsGuy

    SFGiantsGuyWell Known MemberMember

    Nice job sir!!! Ehh maybe some Bleeding Hearts? Or Emperors for a bit of some black? Or Embers? A bit of red from them since your sub. is black...? Your call my friend...
  8. RedLoredAmazon

    RedLoredAmazonWell Known MemberMember

    Cherry barbs and harlequin temperatures overlap. I was going to have harlequins, but the local stock was very unhealthy so I got cherry barbs instead. What size is the tank? It looks really nice!
  9. Dawn Michele

    Dawn MicheleWell Known MemberMember

    Very pretty!!!
  10. Thunder_o_b

    Thunder_o_bFishlore VIPMember

    The white and black look good. I have a school of neons in the 150 with BDBS and the black substrate really makes the neons color *POP*

  11. OP

    Hunter1Well Known MemberMember

    It was cycled when I added the filters, about 5 minutes after I added water.

    There are 2 sponge filters on the low, right. 2 sponge filters on the low left. And 4 filter cartridges in the HOB.

    EXACTLY 1/2 of that filteration was removed from other tanks; 1 sponge from one tank, another sponge from a second tank and the filter cartridges from a third so as to not remove to much filtered media from any one tank at one time.

    Light bioload right now but tank measured 0, 0, and less than 10 Thursday.
  12. Ulu

    UluWell Known MemberMember

    That's pretty much the method I use too. I take some media or substrate etc from every other tank and stick it all in the new one.
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  13. OP

    Hunter1Well Known MemberMember

    Added a ton of plants this morning, Val, draft chain swords and a couple of big swords, pretty crowded but I left open space in the middle for the schoolers.

    I am at training in a bigger city, with 3 aquarium stores. After I got off, I visited 2 of them. WOW!

    Thinking about adding another 3-5 harlequins and a school of rummy nose tetras. Will they all compete for the same space?

    Also looked a a few draft gouramis and rams.

    Not sure if I should go with another school, a centerpiece type fish or pair, or add 9 cherry barbs I have in another tank and kinda want to move anyways.

    The cherry barbs school mid/lower level and won’t be an issue with the harlequins.

  14. Ulu

    UluWell Known MemberMember

    My best thought is:
    consider the condition of your local water supply and choose fish for which it will be appropriate.
  15. Myboimydudemyfish

    MyboimydudemyfishNew MemberMember

    I think you should up the number of schools and get a centerpiece pair of rams!
  16. OP

    Hunter1Well Known MemberMember

    So our tap (work and house are same source) has a PH of 7.2-7.4. If I remember correctly GH of 10, KH of 4 but it could be the other way around.

    I think that opens me up to most fish i’m considering?

    Might increase the harlequins and add a pair of rams, or another school, but not both.

    Since it’s a office tank, I want a small bioload to reduce maintenance.
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  17. Ulu

    UluWell Known MemberMember

    Are those the Elite dual foam filters you are using?

    It's very hard to tell in the photograph.

    I've got one in my quarantine tank and it's a very neat little filter and inexpensive too.

    The white rock on black sand looks really good, and I use some myself in my day/nite tank.

    I think Harlequins will be less trouble in the office tank than Rams.

    But personally I really dig peacocks and I would like to have a peacock tank myself.
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  18. OP

    Hunter1Well Known MemberMember

    Filters? Yes

    Love the white rock

    I agree, more harlequins.

    Saw red dwarf gouramis, thinking that’s a top contender for my center piece fish.