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My love affair with all things animal has been going on ever since I can remember, but fish only came into the picture in early 2007. It all started with "the hooligans." A co-worker of mine had two lovely, but aggressive fish that were destroying his display tank. He told me I could have them if I would buy an aquarium. Being the softy I am, I bought a 20 gallon tank and brought it to the office. Thus, Henry II and Eleanor of Aquatank became part of our ever growing family.
Over the past year and a half (wow - has it only been that long?), I have battled incompatible species, inadequate filtration, Columnaris and an Eheim 2217 that spits up on me every time I try to clean it. I have managed to get aquarium water on my office carpet, my master bathroom, my kitchen and all over the living room floor on two occasions.
Despite the many headaches and heartaches, I never get tired of watching my finny friends as they play, fight and beg for treats.
The 110 has been set up for about 4 months now, but was already established when we bought it. It has an Eheim 2217 and a Marineland HOB canister. The lights are 130w fluorescent and 130w actinic, four bulbs in two Coralife fixtures. The usual water parameters are 0/0/20 and a pH of 8.2.
The 29 gallon has been set up for about two years. It has an HOB filter, Aquatech I believe, and the light fixture that came with the kit. The bulb is a Zoo Med Ocean Sun 10,000k. The usual water parameters are 0/0/10 and a pH of 7.8.
Our five gallon Mini Bow was established in mid-October 2008. It has a Whisper filter and a 10w compact fluorescent bulb. Parameters are 0/0/5 and I have to admit I haven't tested the pH in that one. Whatever it is, Brewster seems happy.
We keep all of our tanks at 78 degrees F.
Fish, Plants, Invertebrates, Corals
In the 29 gallon divided tank, we have Henry and Eleanor, Pseudotropheus elongatus male and Pseudotropheus demasoni female. They receive a few pellets of Tetra Color-Bits and some Spirulina flakes twice a day. Needless to say, I've had serious compatibility issues with these two and they are waiting on their own tanks with their own species. We have had them since April 2007.
In "the big one," we have the grab bag:
- Two Fronstosas
- Two Blue Dolphin cichlids
- One Asian upside down catfish
- Three yellow labs
- One albino ruby red peacock
- One OB zebra peacock
- One clown loach
- One Pterygoplichthys scrophus "Rhino pleco,"
- One Pterygoplichthys disjunctivus pleco, One johannii cichlid
- One Synodontis Eupterus
- One Panaque nigrolineatus
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