i've had a 10g, a 5g and a 2.5 gallon planted, but i have wanted something bigger. i've spent the past year and some change reading journals and threads on here.
i was given a free 29g tank by a friend to upgrade my gerbils from their 10 gallon tank. they lived in there for a few months, and i got a call saying that someone found a 55 gallon tank at a goodwill for 10$. i don't really have the room to set up a 55g tank for fish, but i had a good spot to keep it for my gerbils. so the 29g tank is now freed up for use! the pictures that follow are documenting me getting started on removing the ugly blue paint and marlin decal from the tank. it's a pain, but free tanks are fine in my book. i am also going to reseal it, as the gerbils chewed at the silicone. the supplies only cost me about 11$ at lowes!
(jasper, being "helpful")
i'm planning a south american biotope, because cories are my absolute favorite fish and i tend to love pretty, mossy, jungle-looking south american tanks. i considered getting a pair of angels, but my tank is the standard long tank, and i would feel i was cramping them.
i've ordered the following equipment:
magnum h.o.t. canister filter, 250gph
36" coralife strip with one colormax bulb (to be switched out) and 1 6700K T-5 bulb
a 150w visi-therm stealth heater
red-sea co2 bio-system
and i placed an order at aquatic forest aquarium for 3 9L bags of as amazonia powder type and 1 2L bag of power sand M.
i didn't really want to use just sand, as much as i know cories love it. i don't really like the look of it.
i have 2 small pieces of old black wood in my other tanks and i really like the look of it, so i will probably be placing another order to get some more of that from afa.
if anyone has any rock suggestions, i'm all ears (or eyes, as the case may be...
i plan on getting several of the smaller sword plants, some stargrass, several of the echinodorus species and vallisnera. i'm hoping that i can get some help as far as plant selections go. i considered ordering a south american biotope package at azgardens, but i'm not sure i like everything that comes with. suggestions, please?
my stocking list so far is as follows:
6 corydoras habrosus
6 corydoras hastatus
1 queen arabesque pleco
3 gold tetras from my 5g tank, probably going to add 3 or 4 more to make them happier
and possibly 2-3 german blue rams in the future once the tank is established.
any thoughts or suggestions? i wanted to stick with the pygmy species of cories to be able to get more and let them have a ton of room. i am going to round up my tetras to make them feel more secure, but i really would like some type of centerpiece fish in the future.
thanks so much for looking! there are so many beautiful tanks on here and while i've learned a lot from looking, i'm really hoping that everyone can help me make mine look even a fraction as good.