|09-24-2012, 03:21 PM||#1|
Planted Tank Obsessed
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.
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
"Heee-eerree fishy fishy fish!" -ernie
Last edited by jellie; 09-25-2012 at 01:41 AM.. Reason: linking, changing a pic