MUD 48gal breeder tank
This is the start of my tank journal. I'm hoping to edit and use it as a log of what works and what doesn't - as my 2 girls and I learn and discover the joy of a planted tank (thanks to everyone here!).
When my older daughter was in preschool she adopted a small goldfish from a friend who was moving away. The one small goldfish grew and needed a bigger tank, and grew and needed a bigger tank and grew...so we ended up with a 48 gallon tank with 1 goldfish that destroyed everything and required a 1/2 tank water changed it every week. After 9 years, Goldie the goldfish died so we had to decide what to do. We emptied and cleaned the tank, cycled it, and started with guppies and neon tetras - 5 each and a pile of plastic plants. Long story short - we over managed it, over treated it and everything went wrong...Until I discovered this forum!!
Now, my two little girls and I have had a tank that has real plants and happy fish!
Our Tanks normal parameters:
48 gallon planted tank
HOB filter with filter floss and bioballs (no carbon)
Nitrate - 0
Nitrite - 0
Chlorine - 0
Alkalinity - 120-140
Ph - 6.9 - 7.1
Current Tank mates:
5 neon tetra
3 glow skirt tetra
3 adult platty (2 breeding females, 1 male)
2 sub-adult platty (7 months)
6 baby platty (3.5 months)
2 adult bristle nose plecos
Male maybe guarding another clutch of babies.
20 baby bristle nose plecos (3.5 months)
2 dwarf corey catfish
2 mystery snails
Tons of plants (I'll add details later)
Our platty and plecos have been breeding so we have donated babies to a local pet store. I'm trying to get them to give us 1/4 store credit or something in exchange since they sell them. For example, last weekend we took in 30 platty babies, 10 pleco babies, 2 adult platty. We wanted a new male for genetic diversity but they would not swap out the 42 fish for 1 (said I need to ask their corporate office).
Back to the tank, for care, we normally only rinse the filter floss every week or two and do a 15-25% water change every 3-4 weeks. We do not use charcoal or any chemicals other than Prime and a pinch of baking soda when adding new water. We add Stress coat anytime we introduce a new fish or if we have to net anyone or have my arms in too much for planting.
My girls test the water every few days and have a fish health and behavior log that they track daily. I'll upload examples when I'm at a normal computer and now on my phone. 🙂