After my battle with columnaris (yes we did live through it aside from some casualities-Tetracycline is a wonderful medicine.), I took a breather for a few weeks. Then I bought a used 125 Gallon Acrylic tank, which will be saltwater, and said screw it lets get my tanks back online.
Fish lost: 5 Green Tiger Barbs (poor little guy who survived), otherwise neons, black skirts, zebras, CAE and the rainbow shark survived. Glad we caught it early!-Thanks to all the wonderful folks here.
We had to rearrange our whole downstairs area for the 125 gallon, and found two nice spots for the 40 gallon and 10 gallon. Of course this meant draining the entire 40 gallon tank, and 10 gal tank as well. What a good chance to revamp my tanks and bring them new life!!
40 Gallon REVAMP:
I got out all of my 5 gallon buckets. Filled 3 with tank water, 1 for fish with an air stone, 2 for plants. I then removed 99% of the old cruddy gravel covered in old BBA. My UGV was magically unclogged, and then following the removal of the grossness, I scrubbed the whole tank down with a few algae sponges, and made it spotless. Found a sticker on the bottom glass that said inspected by Dawn in Oct. 1985. Old sucker!
Once it was completely cleaned out, I dumped 4 brand new bags of Eco Complete in, once they unfroze after being left in the car for nearly 5 hours until they were ready to be used-mind you we had to rearrange half the basement to move the 125 gal stand out of the way to its new home to work on the 40. Put in all the lava rocks and the white rock on the side. Then I went through my stems and picked out my best looking ones, and planted them. I threw away 2 gallon ziplock bags STUFFED with stems. (If I knew what types, that would be useful.). The plants were all up to the top of the tank, bent over, and bushy as can be. Looked like an overgrown jungle, but worse.
After all the work, this is what we ended up with. Also my CAE was a PITA to catch. Worse then catching baby koi in a 4k gallon pond.
(Please excuse my photography abilities. iPhone with my naturally shakey hands, makes for meh photos.)
AGA 40 Gallon Long
Two 54 Watt T5HO 6500k, retrofitted in to an old fluorescent hood
Penguin Biowheel 200, UGV powered by an old Aquaclear powerhead
20lb Co2 tank, Blueprint CO2 regulator, ceramic diffuser. Normally under powerhead, but suction cup is terrible.
Rainbow Shark, CAE, random collection of neons, zebras, black skirts, and a lone green tiger barb. Nerite snails, a few bladder snails-wonderful GSA eaters, and one random snail that has appeared as of recently.
-no idea what the names of any of the plants in this tank are LOL-
I redid this one too. I've been working 50+ hours a week, and haven't had time to maintain it too much. The moss had become an entire explosion, literally. I drained it as well, and rescaped it once it was moved to its new spot. I have a lot more shaping to go, and need to pick out more gravel that surfaced out of the eco complete but for the most part I like it so far. I want to expose more of the wood, and rearrange it a little. I do need plant suggestions!! I want to stick with the dark green look, but add a little color. I want hydrocotyle tripartita and finally found a good amount at my LFS. No idea where I'd put it though. I will be adding 5 zebras into this tank tomorrow. It will only be temporary, as the tank is a little bit out of whack, and I know they are hardy enough to strengthen the bio capabilities. Afterwards they are going into the 40 with my other zebras.
Anyway, the 10 gallon:
The moss needs to be hacked back a LOT more. I filled a sandwich baggie packed with it, but I need to shape it more, and probably spread out the little area I packed it all into. My Anubias Nana Petite is getting to be huge. Started with 6 leaves.
Aqueon 10 Gallon (standard)
2 13 Watt CFL 6500K bulbs in the Aqueon hood.
Willow Moss, Anubias Nana, Anubias Nana Petite
Any advice or comments are appreciated. Along with some plant identification on the 40
Thanks for checking out my thread of rambles and tank revamps!