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Talking 'The Triad' - My 10, 25, and 55 gallon labor of love (56k crippler)

First of all I want to thank everyone here at The Planted Tank for letting me lurk and gain confidence enough to start a planted tank - and later to become a part of the community. None of my success in this hobby could have happened without the kind words and advice from everyone here. Thank you!

Alright, it has been about one year since I decided to go planted on my 55 gallon tank and within that year I have torn the tank down twice, built two tank stands (for the same tank no less), two custom hoods (or cat beds depending on the time of day), a DIY CO2 reactor, a 30 gallon sump/second tank (now abandoned), planted my wife's 10 gallon and another 25 gallon, washed countless amounts of substrate, lost sleep over 'the co2 incident', marveled over crypts and spent (oh god) about $1000 on this hobby I love. I know $1000 isn't too much money, but I am a student and to me, right now, it is.

I have cut my images down by, well, a lot so more people can enjoy them, most 600x450. I have 7mp files of all pics if anyone wants them.

Without further ado, the Triad...

Yes, that is the front door in the center of the picture. So not only does my wife have to put up with the tanks, but anyone who comes to the house must as well HAHAHAHHA

The custom 55/25 double stand:

Housed to the left of the 25 gallon are two filters (one XP2 and one XP3), a CO2 reactor, a 10# CO2 tank and all of the electrical equipment. It fits nicely, I should take a picture. I think that the nicest thing about this DIY stand is that it has no center brace allowing full access under the 55 gallon.

The 55 gallon Fishtopia:

This is the original tank that got it all started. Lots of crypts grow in this tank - Natural corkbark background and sides make this tank seem like my own creation. (Driftwood by OQSY) This is a day after a trim so the stem plants are not too tall yet and I know everyone is looking at that big black hole of a right side; I have an explaination. You know how you get a small amazon sword plant and put it in the substrate just to 'see how it does' and it ends up taking over half of the tank... I put a beatdown on him a couple of days ago and thus, the hole.

Moving on, my 25 gallon - the Jungle:

This tank sits nicely under my 55 gallon and is the dark dim home to my blue, and gold gouramis (and their offspring). The tank is completely overgrown with crypts, some bolbitis, javafern, and some banana plants that have gone completely berserk.

At this point I sould say a few things about myself. I am a student studying for my Masters in Marine Biology and Biochemistry (which I guess is why Tom Barr makes complete sense to me). I have resided in Delaware all of my life. I have a beautiful wife - don't ask me how, some things you just don't question. When it comes to the hobby, my first love is fish, so all of my tanks are overstocked. I started to plant tanks since I believe that it provides a better environment for the fish. Over time I have really grown fond of the plants and I have tried to keep them as happy as the fish.

The 10 gallon, Endler love bin/cat warmer:

This is an old tank, at least 10 years old by now. It has housed anything from fish to frogs to salamanders and turtles, but it has never been as successful as it it now. Three 15watt NO tubes of unknown origin provide the light for the tank and warmth for the cat. You can see the Endlers zipping around in there - here's a little bit of a better shot:

Yeah, the fish isn't really in focus, but I have some ridiculously amazing macro shots of these guys I will post in the fish forum later this week.

I'm sure some people want to know what camera I used so here goes.
I use a Canon Powershot A620.
For the entire tank shots I used the following settings
  • ISO 50
  • White balance set to daylight flourescent
  • f8.0
  • Shutter speed - determined by camera, over 1 second most of the time

For most of the fish pics I will post in a minute:
  • ISO 400 - grainy but usable
  • White balance set to daylight flourescent
  • f2.4
  • Shutter speed - determined by camera, between 1/10 and 1/50 second

So... lets move on to the fish

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A fishy, a fishy, a fishy, Oh...

I'll start with the 25 gallon since I was only able to take a few good picutes. Those darn gouramis, so camera shy...

Apistogramma cacatuoides Triple Red - big burly male:


Apistogramma cacatuoides Triple Red - cute little female:


One of five julii cories that vacuum the bottom:


Now onto the multitude of fish in the 55 gallon:
In no particular order -
  • 1 x Dwarf Gourami (Colisa lalia)
  • 1 x Pearl Gourami (Trichogaster leeri)
  • 1 x Moonlight Gourami (Trichogaster microlepis)
  • 1 x Honey Gourami (Colisa sorta)
  • 1 x Sparkling Gourami (Trichopsis pumilus)
  • 3 x Yoyo loaches (Botia lohachata)
  • 3 x Siamese Algae Eaters (Crossocheilus siamensis)
  • 8 x Wild Caught Gold Tetras (Hemigrammus rodwayi)
  • 3 x White Clouds (Tanichthys albonubes)
  • 5 x Skunk Cories C020 (Corydoras arcuatus)
  • 5 x Green Cories C005 (Corydoras pantanalensis) or C017 (Corydoras stenocephalus)
  • 2 x Angelfish (Pterophyllum scalare), rescued from sure doom
  • 4 x German Blue rams (Microgeophagus ramirezi)
  • 4 x Bumblebee Gobies (Brachygobius Xanthozona)
  • 1 x Red Eye Tetra (Moenkhausia sanctaefilomenae) Rescue
  • 1 x Penguin Tetra (Thayeria boehlkei) Rescue
  • 1 x Tessellated Darter (Etheostoma olmstedi)
  • 1 x Black Banded Sunfish (Enneacanthus chaetodon)
  • 1 x Blue Spotted Sunfish (Enneacanthus gloriosus)
  • 1 x Eastern Mud Minnow (Umbra pygmaea)
  • 2 x Creek Chubs (Semotilus atromaculatus)
  • 1 x Redtailed Shark (Epalzeorhynchos bicolor)
  • 1 x Clown Pleco (Panaque maccus)
  • 2 x Wood Shrimp (Atyopsis moluccensis)
  • 4 x Amano Shrimp (Caridina japonica)
  • Infinity x Malaysian Trumpet Snails (Melanoides tuberculata)
  • 6 x Olive Nerite Snails (Neritina reclivata or Vittina usnea)
  • many x Ramshorn Snails (Planorbis sp. or Helisoma sp.)

Dwarf Gourami


A couple of the Honey Gourami



Pearl Gourami (Female)


Moonlight Gourami, so very wary of the camera...


Sparkling Gourami


Angelfish


Gold Tetra


Siamese Algae Eater cleaning the driftwood


A not-so-blue Blue Spotted Sunfish


A couple of my adult Yoyo Loach (poor thing hurt its barbles on the f-ing flourite)



Alpha male German Blue Ram



Skunk Cory (or Arched Cory if you like)


A couple of the Green Cory



I almost forgot the Gobies!



And the Wood Shrimp!



Well, that's it for now, let me know if I should post some higher res pics!

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Awesome!
Really like the tank under the tank looks great.

Amazing fish collection and wonderfull plants..
Keep up the good work...
And the good pics i might add...
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yay for the gouramis <3

how long have you had the bumble bee gobies in ur tank?
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Somebody say overstocked?

Some nice fish, i reckon too many and i see some worrying combinatons there but still, some very nice specimens.
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Thanks everyone for your compliments!

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Originally Posted by mecgeorgeneo
how long have you had the bumble bee gobies in ur tank?
I have had bumblebee gobies in my tank for more than a year now. Full freshwater believe it or not! They do just fine. I just have to mae sure some of the frozen brine shrimp get down to them and they eat just fine. A couple of them are male and a couple are females judging by the swollen ovaries.

Yeah, I guess you all have noticed I have a thing about gouramis (and I didn't even post picutes of all of them ) I love them, nice personalities.

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Somebody say overstocked?

Some nice fish, i reckon too many and i see some worrying combinatons there but still, some very nice specimens.
Overstocked? I would say by at least two fold. I don't feel great about it, but everyone gets along just fine. You would think that the Bumblebee gobies are going to be gobbled, but I have noticed that all the fish just ignore them. I think it is the way they move about. They never swim for any great distance, just a little swim here a little swim there, sit a on a leaf for a while... They just seem happy - I could prbably breed them if I gave them their own tank.

The angels would pose the most threat of any fish in the tank - and as stated above I rescued them from certain doom. I would not have put them in the tank unless it was to keep them away from death. They are marvolously nice to everyone but each other, and they are actually afraid of the yoyo loach, seriously.

Keep the comments comin'!

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Somebody say overstocked?

Some nice fish, i reckon too many and i see some worrying combinatons there but still, some very nice specimens.
like wow... lots of fish in that 55g..

looks awsome tho!

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All three of your tanks are beautiful. Awesome pictures too.

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I love how the tanks are grouped together. There's something about displaying tanks together that makes them much more powerful.

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After you listed all of the fish I now see the blurry spots in the tank#1. I like the big leafed plants. They have sort of a coarse texture in a picture.
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The big leafed plants are Crypt Pontederiifolia and they have been growing better than what is pictured. I moved them around and changed the lighting a little recently and the old leaves got some pretty bad black algae on them. I removed those leaves and I look forward to having them fill out even more.

My wife actually picked out the spot for the 10 gallon making that corner of the room for the fish - and i like the effect. there is one drawback, that being the concentration of weight. I rent a fairly old house and I have noticed that my 25 and 55 make the floor bow a little. I went into the crawlspace (which is actually a nice 3.5 feet high) and found that the owners have propped up the floor in several places with makeshift cinderblock walls hehe. I used to have another 55 gallon on the other side of the wall from the 55/25 setup - at least that is gone!

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