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Of course, the fish bug didn't go away for long. The summer I was 13 I got to thinking about fish again and decided to do some research and try to set up a tropical tank. Fortunately I stumbled across Fishlore at that point. I cycled the tank and added 2 female Guppies, 2 female Platys, and 2 Otos (Mist and Marble, who I still have today). Unfortunately, that tank was one problem after another. The Guppies gave birth and two fry survived, and I didn't want to give away the fry so the tank was overstocked. I had problems with high nitrates and the Otos came down with finrot. They recovered, but soon after one of the Guppies died. I diagnosed tuberculosis but it was too late to do anything. I watched the Guppies and Platys die one after another and often felt like giving up the hobby.
But I couldn't stop then because I already had another tank. It was a 20 gallon long I'd gotten for my birthday and was setting up to be a planted tank for my Otos. The Otos never contracted TB and after many months in quarantine, they moved to their new home. After that the hobby has gone a lot more smoothly for me. I now have two 20 longs and a 10 set up permanently, as well as 2 quarantine tanks. My tanks are continuously being added to, as I make enough money for more fish and plants, but here is what I currently have set up.
The Fish and Inverts: First of all my 2 Otos, Mist and Marble. They are my oldest fish, from my first 10 gal tropical tank. There are also 3 Corydoras pygmaeus and 2 Corydoras habrosus. I had bought 6 of each originally but lost a bunch for various reasons. There is also a cute young Bamboo Shrimp named Jewel.
Details: pH: 8 (my tap water); NH3: 0; NO2: 0-5; temp: 76 F; filter: sponge filter; light: 20W fluorescent (may be upgraded sometime); food: Omega One veggie rounds, shrimp pellets, occasional veggies, and once I've got the breeding group of pygmaeus will also feed live foods like bbs.
Future Plan: This is going to be a small catfish and invert tank. I will be getting a lot more C. pygmaeus and possibly habrosus and I hope to create a breeding colony of pygmaeus. I also want a breeding colony of some type of dwarf shrimp-I'm thinking possibly Tiger Shrimp.
20 Long #2
The Fish: Currently just a trio of Platys-a male and female orange calico (very pretty color strain, I think) and a female orange wag.
Details: pH: 8 (my tap water); NH3: 0; NO2: 0-5; temp: 74 F; filter: sponge filters; light: fluorescent; food: Omega One tropical flakes, veggie flakes, occasional veggies, occasional freeze dried bloodworms.
Future Plan: This tank will be divided up for different livebearers and possibly a Betta or two that I can't resist rescuing. Any surviving X. variatus (see Q Tanks, below) will be divided from the Platys because I don't want the two interbreeding. I also have wanted Endlers for a long time-if I can get ahold of some they will go either with the Platys or the variatus. If I end up getting any more Bettas they will get their own section of the tank.
The Fish: My male Betta, Fuego, and my female Betta, Cascada or Cas for short. The tank has a clear divider and it's fun watching them interact.
Details: pH: 8 (my tap water); NH3: 0; NO2: 0-5; temp: 80 F; filter: hob on one side, and just an air stone on the other side; light: fluorescent; food: Hikari Betta Bio Gold pellets, freeze dried bloodworms, occasional peas.
Future Plan: I will probably not add any more fish to this tank, but I want to give it a makeover and add a lot more live plants. The pic of it is from when it was first set up and it does have a few more live plants now (and a few of the fake plants were removed).
The Fish: Currently in quarantine I have a trio of beautiful sunset Xiphophorus variatus. Unfortunately they are currently sick but I've got them on medications and hopefully some if not all of them survive. Using a q tank is definitely one of the best things I've learned to use since beginning the hobby.
Aquarium and Fish Pictures
|First of all, me, oh so crazily hugging my horse while oh so crazily riding him bareback.|
|My Betta tank, back when it was first set up.|
|The Bettas, Fuego and Cas.|
|One of the Otos, Mist|
|My bamboo shrimp, Jewel.|
|The male Platy|
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