How I got into this hobby?
During my childhood, we visit our aunt's house where a neighbor had many betta fishes and I use to spend most of the day there just sitting and watching the fishes. As I grow-up, I never had a chance to own a fish tank.
Recently, my daughter had an assignment at school to showcase aquatic plants in a school exhibition on flora and fauna. So my wife search around our place and found a LFS that sold planted tanks. She bought a small 8 liter well-planted tank. After she came home, we thought something is missing, and added 3 molly fishes from a LFS. That's were it all begun.
As with most first timers, we overstocked the tank with fishes. Out of 3 mollys, 2 were females and we bought a pair of Guppies as well. So you know what happened after that. Fries, fries and fries all over.
So we decided to buy a new Tank:
After many mistakes, I started learning a lot about this hobby (mostly from this forum) and convinced my wife to buy a new bigger tank. We bought a 160 liter (42 gal) tank in Jan 2019. This time we decided to ourselves try aquascaping.
Without much knowledge, we bought a lot of different plants, rocks, driftwood, substrates and started scaping. We started setting up the whole tank and this is how it was after the initial setup.
Yes, again we made some mistakes of not thinking about where to plant what.
Also learnt that plants needed CO2 to grow
. So decided to buy an expensive CO2 system after a week of discussion with my wife and finally convincing her on why we should invest in this system. Over time, after trimming and replanting every week, now it looks like this.
The tank has not yet reached where we want to take it. Am still planning to add a lot of things to this tank in future.
1. 160 liter (42 gal) Tank
2. Powerhead Pump with sponge filter (came alone with the tank and not enough filtering)
3. CO2 system with ceramic dispenser.
4. In-built LED light (12w)
5. Additional submersible LED light (15w)
1. Molly (3)
2. Guppy (4)
3. Platy (1)
4. Cardinal Tetras (10)
5. Rummy-nose Tetras (8)
6. Tiger Barbs (2)
7. Chinese Golden Algae Eater (2)
8. Zebra Danios (5)
9. Harlequin Rasboras (6)