( I apologize for subjecting you to these terrible photos. I'm having technical problems recently, and I really wanted to get this journal FINALLY started. )
: 90 Gallon Craigslist Special
: Metal dual tank stand
: Sunsun 304B Canister with Polyfill and Lava Rock
: 48" Current Satellite Plus ( with several dead diodes ) and two hidden submersible LED bars (for blue accent)
: White poster board
: Black Diamond blasting sand
: Cholla wood
Shower Caddies as Riparium Planters
Regular Java Fern
Philippine Java Fern
Narrow Leaf Java Fern
Windelov Java Fern
A few random Anubias
3 pairs of Angelfish - 4 "normal", 1 marble, 1 koi ... all but one are "veil"
Too many Malaysian Trumpet Snails
I occasionally dump a cap full of Flourish Comprehensive in there after a water change, but there is no regular fert dosing regimen, and no co2 source. Recently, I've been doing ~50% weekly water changes on all my tanks, but the tank did quite well with a far less scheduled WC cycle, with mostly top offs last year.
Not sure how I feel about the white background. I have the blue lights on most of the time to give a sky effect, and I like that better. Still, the shower caddies don't blend in at all with the white, and I think the whole thing would look better with a black background, but I have two tanks with dark backgrounds, so I wanted to try something different. Perhaps the white background would look better with white sand.
The large negative space on the side was intended to be for fish watching, but they mostly spend their time by the wood. If I come across some Vals, I may try those in the background.
I don't have any lights on the emmersed plants. They'd grow a lot better if I did. I'd remove them altogether but they do break up the "big object" syndrome, so they stay. I may try to convince DW to allow me to install some can lights in the ceiling above, as they could be useful even without the aquarium.
We converted this tank to the angels about 16 months ago. The angels are Petsmart specials. We originally started with 7 quarter sized fish, hoping to get two pairs. We lost one of them, but got too lucky and wound up with three pairs. For petsmart fish, we got lucky as they are gorgeous fish with long flowing fins. I'll try to get some decent photos of them at some point.
They started laying eggs as soon as they hit maturity. We've had fry in the tank several times, but they never last more than a week. Recently, we set up a fry tank to try our hand at raising fry for the first time. After several mistakes, we wound up with three surviving fry from the first batch of eggs. They're about 5 weeks old now and just starting to show their angelfish shape.
A couple days ago, I pulled another wiggler covered leaf out of the main tank and put it in the fry tank. It looks like we're going to be too successful this time, as there are probably 60 or more little guys rolling around in there now. We're feeding using a "Tom Continuous Hatch 'N Feeder Brine Shrimp Corral" and while it seems like we could potentially get a little better hatch rate doing it the bottle style, I have to say this is super easy. I just put a scoop of eggs in, in the evening on Day 0 and Day 1. Day 3 I continue to left the remainders hatch, clean it in the evening and put in some fresh eggs salt. Constant food supply and I can even set it up so they keep hatching over a weekend.