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jellie 09-24-2012 02:21 PM

My tanks (warning: many pics)
I get asked to share my tanks, and usually I'm pretty reticent but since I'm asking for help to build that Kindergarten tank, it's probably best that I let you get to know me better.


This was a 5.5 that was sold to a new member here. It was home to some yellow Neos with the racing stripe. They were pretty awesome. Also had a dragonfly larvae mishap. Larvae was removed and raised separately (and emerged over summer as a dragonfly btw). Great learning experience all around for the kid. She certainly learned what dragonfly larvae eat... I'll be honest, I miss this tank.

This was a 10 that I recently tore down. I had six tanks (MTS hit me hard). I'm trying to get down to three (but upgrade one of them to a bathtub of a 125, heehee). It was my least maintenance tank, had a substrate level Mattenfilter before I even knew what a Mattenfilter was, and was the healthiest of all my tanks. I mounted epiphytes to the emerged driftwoods, occasionally spraying them and they bloomed for me this spring. The filter cascaded down the driftwood for some waterfall aeration, and kept some lovely mosses alive. It was a neat tank for something that was thrown together of extra supplies. It was specifically set up for a dragonscale plakat betta. He is mean and amazing. And orange.

Here is the betta again. He is named Rocket. He was moved to a 30 tall where the water is kept at half level because I use the top half as something of an orchidarium. When I get my 125, it is replacing this and will be home to Rocket (who has mellowed in his old age), a school of CPDs and hopefully yellow racing stripe Neos. Plants tend do do annoyingly well in this tank. Annoying because they're not my target. Again, low maintenance, even neglected because I found cladophora in it and that made me sad. The tank is right by the kitchen sink so Rocket gets to say hi every day. I drop seed shrimp in for treats and blackworms populate the substrate so care is negligible (I judge feeding time based on how fat Rocket is, he begs when he's hungry too). Mostly top-offs.
View from the other side with a bit more water in the tank.

And my green tank. The lights turning on is the morning alarm clock. I'm always elbow deep in this tank. Home to lots of Sakuras (which I will be thinning for the classroom tank), Tangerine Tigers, Blue bees, and some fish, cory pygs, least killies (until they get moved to the classroom tank), otos cocama and vittatus, and lots of blackworms.

Is anyone still reading? If you are, thank you.

I set up these two tanks simultaneously, I wanted more mini catfish <3 so they are sand tanks. MTS capped with sand. All my tanks use MTS in some form)
This one is an experiment with natural light. Used to home 12 Hara jerdoni.
And this one is seeded with peat for Barbus hulstaerti. The H.jerdoni got moved here eventually.

And later:
Now it's a shrimp tank, home to C.babaulti stripes, Blue pearls, Blue bees, and I recently added OEBTs. And many many seed shrimp that are harvested for my fish.

Home to 12 surprisingly active Hara jerdoni, 9 Barbus hulstaerti (all I could afford at the time), and 5 Rivulus speciousus. They LOVE seed shrimp and blackworms. Feeding time is fascinating! The worms are certainly bigger than any of them but the wrestling match always favors the fish. The H.jerdoni literally get tossed around a bit. I love their little mustaches. (I will try to get more pics)

And that's The End. I hope it was enjoyable. Thank you :fish::fish::fish:

acitydweller 09-24-2012 02:47 PM

You are an inspiration Julie!

Monster Fish 09-24-2012 03:00 PM

Aww yeah. You finally shared your tanks! I'll say it again: I love the natural looking scapes, especially the one with the orchid riparium.

ryu1 09-24-2012 03:25 PM

Hmmm.... this tank looks familiar, from heartnet? Glad it went to a good home if it is, sell it back to me if you decided that you have too many tanks. :)

cprash 09-24-2012 03:35 PM

My goodness. Now I want to get another tank, or three. These are amazing

jellie 09-24-2012 03:39 PM


Originally Posted by ryu1 (Post 2021346)
Hmmm.... this tank looks familiar, from heartnet? Glad it went to a good home if it is, sell it back to me if you decided that you have too many tanks. :)

LOL yes! Good eye. And not soon XD

And thank you all *blushes*

aznrice247 09-24-2012 05:12 PM

Do I see a Clow book? :D

I remember that series and my sister owned a book

Nice tanks you got there! I wish my tanks could look so vibrant...

Seeing all of these tanks makes me think feel like I'm doing it all wrong...

this is my 35 gal and there's nothing in there currently. I put my crs's in there too early and well bad things happened. Then I moved my blue velvets into my Sakura red tank.

Heartnet 09-24-2012 05:24 PM

About time Julie!

You're planning a 125 too? I can't wait to see that!

jellie 09-24-2012 05:36 PM


Originally Posted by aznrice247 (Post 2021419)
Do I see a Clow book? :D

She has the wand too, it jingles and lights up when you angle it down, one of the very few battery operated toys she's allowed to have.
Thanks for sharing your tank. Believe me, it takes practice... and you have blue velvets?!? *melts

Hey Jeffrey, sry to be a stickler but do you mind editing out Z's name? =P That tank was set up in her playspace for that exact purpose. Those fish are hers, (they're pink... -__-).
I want to see a 125 in your hands too. It'd certainly be epic.

Heartnet 09-24-2012 06:23 PM

Done. I aplogize about that.

Me? With a 125? I wont be heard from in a while. Lol

You have an ETA on when that 125 might happen?

aznrice247 09-24-2012 09:41 PM

anddd my sister has the wand too. *we got this stuff when the show first started so this was years ago!*

Yup I got them from speedie. started with 7 ended up keeping 2 alive D: *my fault for not knowing ADA Amazonia takes 2 months to cycle...* I was had one really nice one that was berried but she died because she didn't molt correctly. Like she had some eggs stuck to her. during the molt. I tried my best to help it but in the end i couldn't do anything. I want to get them again because i only have 2 males but man a college student's budget is really tight... and 4-5 dollars a shrimp +10 dollars SnH is a killer.

If I do get some more in the future and manage to breed them I'll letcha know.

szenic 09-24-2012 10:24 PM

OMG your tanks are amazing O.O

aokashi 09-25-2012 08:37 AM

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Visited because of an irresistable free shrimp offer from the very generous jellie XD
Her place is amazing! There's sooo many pretty plants everywhere, And the tanks... these photos don't do them justice XD

Thanks again! :D

mistahoo 09-25-2012 10:28 AM

Really like that tank by the window! Do you have algae problems with it receiving natural light?

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jellie 09-25-2012 12:26 PM


Originally Posted by mistahoo (Post 2022379)
Really like that tank by the window! Do you have algae problems with it receiving natural light?
Sent from my spaceship using Tapatalk 2.

Sending to the spaceship....:fish:
I don't call it a problem because the tank is pretty much zero maintenance (only top-offs), stays pretty, the algae is really easily removed (if I plant it out or block lighting, it just goes away), and the baby shrimp loooooove it. Mad shrimp in that tank, & that's how I finally felt ready to try OEBTs.

Aw, thanks again, all. I'm gobsmacked. I hope the shrimp give you lots of love, aokashi.

Heartnet: ASAP as long as it's reasonably priced. I missed one on craigslist by 4 hrs last week :icon_evil But I do think it's a good thing because I have to focus on this classroom tank.

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