Welcome to my journal on my 36 gallon tank! It's pretty new. I've had it since the first week of March, 2016.
Current picture of the tank
(As of 3/22/16)
Fish in the tank:
Apple and Oscar:
Apple is a petsmart oranda. I don't expect her wen to get much bigger than it is now...
Oscar is a petsmart Black Moor. I expect him to change color soon.
I haven't named these two yet. I actually bought them after I set up the 36 gallon.
Equipment on the tank:
Standard hood with fluorescent light.
20 or 30lbs of Quikrete fine white play sand.
One anubias plant.
Quiet Flow 30 power filter.
Current status of the tank:
Running. Clean and healthy except for ammonia and nitrite levels as well as the brown algae that too much waste leads to. No illness.
Most recent water change as of 3/22/2016:
March 22, 2016. 60% water change.
Ammonia before change = 0.50
Nitrite before water change = 1.5 or 2
Nitrate before water change = 20
pH before water change = 8.2
I know, I know... I let it go too long with a water change. I must say, though, I wasn't expecting the tests to read that!
Anyway, it's under control now and I'll be keeping more of an eye on it.
The story behind my fish:
Oscar the black moor:
Nearly a year ago I got a 30 gallon tank and a fantail goldfish. I decided it needed a friend and I had always wanted a moor. So, I got one. Oscar was this tiny little black fish that I never saw that well in the tank. My fantail had some constipation issues and died.
Apple the Oranda:
After my fantail died, I knew I needed another. So I ran up to the nearest store that sold some below par but still good enough fancy goldfish and I found an oranda I liked. It took me a long time to decide if I wanted it or not, but the little pom poms on it's face convinced me. Apple then came into my life. I don't regret getting her at all.
The 36 looked empty with just the two goldfish. In the picture above of the tank, both goldfish are in it. They were lost, though. I knew that I would be better off not buying any more, but I had dreamed of having a butterfly tailed goldfish for the longest time. Finally I bought one. One thing led to another, and due to some issues that were the seller's fault I was gifted another butterfly tail. So, two arrived about a week late having not shipped on time. Both were healthy. Fate led me to have two goldfish, and I couldn't say no to my favorite goldfish. Two butterflies for $40 shipped was an offer I couldn't pass up.
The nerite snail:
Yeah, yeah, I didn't include this above. But I feel I should now. I thought nerites were meant to be sensitive little snails? Well, my tigers aren't. One lives with the goldfish. I've had this snail for about 2 or 3 years now.
Thanks for looking!