I've been encouraged recently -thanks Duff
- to start a journal for my tanks, so here goes....
My 30gal x2
30gal long (36x13x16)
Top Tank: Plants, Shrimp & Nano-fish
Solarmax HO T5 2x39w (currently only running one of the bulbs- ran both for a while and got a mad algae bloom. Once I get CO2 capable I will start running both bulbs)
Fluval 204 canister stuffed mostly with bio-media & topped off with a small bag of Purigen and some finer filter floss.
Black Beauty Sand Blasting Sand.
Submersible Hagen Elite, I forget the wattage and I'm too lazy to get up and check, its whatever is rated for 30 gallons :P
Dosing the Seachem lineup, about once a week as per instructions on the bottles. Trying to remember to dose Excel daily.
Just the Excel for now- I've done the 2x2 liter pop bottle thing in the past with this tank and it did prove beneficial, however the task of yeast tending was difficult to maintain during college and I threw in the towel. My goal right now is to have paintball CO2 going within the next couple months.
Crypt lutea (my strongest, happiest plant), crypt balansae (recent addition, just starting to take off), a shorter crypt species I am not certain of (lfs doesn't always know what they have), Anubias (barteri and nana I think), Java Fern, Narrow Leaf Sword and Ozealot Sword (both recent additions), Red Lotus and the omnipresent duckweed.
Past Plants that have done well in this tank have been Java moss, Bolbitis, Java Fern Narrow and Windelov.
1 clown pleco (I've had this guy for 8 yrs), 1 male cherry barb (the last of a school that all died of some sort of parasite many years ago), 4 Otocinclus, 6 Maculata Rasboras, 4 Celestial Pearl Danios, 2 Pygmy Cory Cats, an unfathomable amount of Malaysian Trumpet Snails, and the following shrimp: Amanos (around 10 maybe?), a Bamboo Shrimp, & tons of mostly brownish Cherry Shrimp (I have been trying to improve my stock recently- for a while in '06-'08 I was breeding them for sale or trade locally, but while I finished up school I unloaded most of them and natural selection, meted out by German Blue Rams, favored brown shrimplets).
This tank is a testament to the 'slow and steady' planted tank method. I've had this tank set up for about 6, maybe almost 7 years... doggedly refusing to completely tear it all apart each of the 4 times I've moved- the tank is somewhat permanently attached to a piece of plywood so its been supported every time I have moved it, thus keeping the sand bed and rooted plants intact. I've had to cook dinners for many people over the years in exchange for helping me move this baby.
The T5 lights are fairly brand new- I bought them right after I started my new job 6 mo. ago. Before that I was relying entirely on the one 24" 6500K florescent tube fixture that came with the original hood... frankly I am amazed that I grew anything at all.
Bottom Tank: My Pet Monsters
The hood that originally came with the top tank, replete with just the one 24" 6500K florescent tube.
The filtration on this tank was cobbled together during the year after college when I was so poor I basically lived off brown rice, butter and MSG (yes! this is a meal!): I'm running a (used when I got it) Fluval U2 submersible filter (largely for mechanical filtration) and a TOM Rapids Mini Canister filter (jam packed with bio-media). One of these days I will probably get around to buying a proper canister filter for this tank, but for right now this arrangement is doing what I need it to do so I am in no hurry.
A mix of sands and gravels from past setups.
Same as above.
Mostly just the fish poo. Sometimes I toss some Flourish or a bit of Excel in.
Bolbitis and a bit of Xmas Moss... the Bolbitis came out of the top tank about the time I got my new lights, it was overshadowing just about half the tank so I had to move it. I was kind of reticent at the time since I've had difficulty keeping plants with my monsters in the past but so far its done really well. I've even divided it since then and spread it out a little more.
1 Polypterus Senegalus aka "Nessie" (I have had this fish for 8 years as well- she is older than my cat so basically she is just as much a pet as he is. At one time she had a mate, "Po", short for "Ogopogo" but he died in 2009- I *think* he may have choked on a piece of gravel), this tank is also home to 3 African Butterfly fish and 2 larger danios of whose species I am uncertain.
These guys are my pets
At one point I had kept my Polypteri in a nice 65 gal, but that was 2 apartments ago and since then I've had to pare things down considerably. During my first year out of college they were living in a slightly busted 29 tall (it was on this stand) with a janky light strip held in place by bent coat hangers that I got from a friend for free- my only goal with their setup was keeping them alive and for a while that was the best I could do.
Currently, although they have a new tank now and things are looking up, I don't think I plan on doing much more with their setup except maintain it as the best home possible
A Few Pics:
Nessie, being shy <3 <3