Join Date: Feb 2016
Location: West Valley City, Utah
I used to keep a single oranda in this tank. Had two plants, java fern and can't remember the name of the other sadly. The goldfish died about two years ago, the plants held on a bit longer, but the tank was neglected until everything evaporated. I also had a lucky bamboo and some pothos dangling inside. The lucky bamboo was still kinda alive, but i just tossed it, it never grew right with the lighting there.
As things stand now, I refilled it with water, cleaned the filter thoroughly, and put about 4 cups of vinegar in to help loosen up the crud. I'm debating putting a cup or more of bleach in there to kill anything left before I drain it, try to get rid of the last remnants of algae, and start the cycle.
I currently have:
the tank (i think it is a 48 gallon, it is a bowfront)
a fluval 204 canister filter
bought a new light for it, a $10 T12 utility light, put one daylight bulb and one soft white in it, 40 watt bulbs. (The existing hood was a single bulb, never as bright as i liked, and the bulb and/or starter had had it.)
api test kit, though I haven't checked the expiration date yet.
prime dechlorinator (lots of it actually) also probably should check the expiration
a few air stones and an air pump
the picture attached is how it is now. The brown lumps in front of the heater are what is left of the java fern.
48 gallon bowfront.
Nothing alive inside.
Cleaning in progress.
Anybody in utah have excess plants to try?