My office tanks
I started this hobby just over a year ago with a 29-gallon tank in my home office. I started it as a high-tech tank, I am the plant keeper, my youngest daughter (12) is the fish keeper. Some things I started out doing right from the start others I had to learn the hard way. I am happy to say that I have battled several types of algae and have succeed by staying focused on plant health and keeping a clean tank along with the many tips I have found on this forum. I have some BBA left which I have come to live with. I still have this tank up and running but will be swapping it out for a 45-gallon breeder tank that I picked up for $40 dollars on craigslist.
I remodeled my office about two months ago to make room for 4 tanks. Only two of them are up and running the other two are on hold. I just wanted to have room for them when I got around to them. The tanks are:
50 gallon long: This one sits next to my computer and is my favorite tank so far. I started it about 8 weeks ago.
29 gallon: This is my first tank it will be swapped out for a 45 gallon breeder style tank soon.
10 gallon: This will be a low tech tank that my youngest daughter will be managing.
12 gallon: I really like the dimensions of this tank it will eventually be a medium tech tank with shrimp. I havenít tried keeping shrimp yet but look forward to setting it up some day.
This Journal will start out with the 50 gallon long as I just recently started it.
50 Gallon Long 48Ē X 12Ē X 19Ē This tank sits on my desk in my home office so the depth works great. I didnít like the extra height of the 55 gallons. I really enjoy the distraction of having the tank at eye level right next to me while working. I had been eyeing a 60 gallon long for some time, but I found this one new at a LFS for a steal so I bought it and put it in the shed for a few months while I rearranged my office and acquired all the equipment for it.
5 Gallon co2 tank, homemade inline reactor, GLA regulator. I tried glass diffusers but didnít like having to clean them, I tried an inline diffuser but got tired of the soda pop look in the tank. I use a Milwaukie controller as kind of an insurance policy to set a low point PH level. When I first started out I had a cheap regulator that couldnít hold a steady bubble count, so I got a controller, timer, and just left the regulator turned up. I have sense purchased a GLA regulator that works pretty good I could probably stop using the controller, but I like having it there and I like being able to see what the PH is whenever I want without having to use a PH pen. My PH is at 6.8 out of the tap the ADA soil does buffer it some and we have soft water here in the Seattle area, I currently have a .8 PH drop before lights on trying to get it to 1.0.
Two Eheim 4 250ís I got from DR. foster & smith for around $100 each with free shipping on a clearance sale. This gives me plenty of filtration and I donít have to worry about the reduction in flow from the inline heater and the reactor. I clean the filters about every 6 weeks I separate cleaning them by one week so not to disturb things to much.
ADA Soil Ė really like this soil, between the soil and CO2 I was growing plants successfully my very first try which hooked me on the hobby.
The hardscape isnít to important to me at this stage as I am really more focused on the plants. I do like to have some drift wood for separation and the ottoís. Iím sure I will eventually pay more attention to the hardscape as I get more experienced.
Aquatics Macro & Micro pre-mix. I follow the basic EI schedule with Micro & Macro every other day with booster on Sunday. 50% water change on Sunday. I enjoy the maintenance part of this hobby, so I do a pretty good clean and trim every weekend. Eventually I will start mixing my own and study this part of the hobby a bit more, but for now I am focused on keeping it simply and not getting to overwhelmed. I have tried several different pre-mix solutions and excel as well over the last year as part of my learning journey. I am just about ready to start custom mixing my own, probably a couple more months.
Finnex CC 48Ē 6 hours Max with a 3 hour ramp up and 3-hour ramp down and a 3-hour setting from 9-12PM set at a low moon light as I tend to work late in the evening and enjoy watching the tank. I really like the green LEDís for a moon lite for some reason, so I tend to favor the Finnex over the Fluval.
Fluval 3.0 This one is in the back and is used at about 30% - 40% for 6 hours during max daylight. I probably donít need two lights for what I grow.
I have maybe 12 species in this tank but this changes often as I enjoy picking up new species and figuring out how to grow and maintain them.
I started with a clean up crew of 6 Coryís not sure what kind, and 6 Ottoís. I added 20 silver tip tetras just yesterday. I may eventually add a pair of German gold rams or a few more silver tip tetras if I think the tank can accommodate a few more fish.
Bump: I will post pictures as soon as I can figure out how.