I have recently acquired a job at a local fish store mostly dealing with saltwater/reef systems. I got into the hobby with salt and was fascinated with the rich variety of fish and corals.
After starting my job, it wasn't long till I became equally as fascinated with the diversity and simple beauty of freshwater. I had many of the spare parts already and began to plan my first freshwater tank....
10 gallons (~20x10x12)
Lighting: 2 x 65w PC lighting (one bulb 10k, one bulb 6700k/roseate)
Filtration: AC 20 HOB filter, running pre-cut filter media and a layer of poly-filter media.
CO2 System: Up 'charming aquarium' disposable CO2 system. Takes 135ml canisters at I run it at roughly a drop every 5-10 seconds.
Heater: 50 watts
Substrate: 20 pounds of Eco-Complete Substrate
Decorations: One piece of Mopani wood and a zebra-striped rock.
The tank uses RO water
3x male 'Royal' Endler's Livebearers (bright red dorsal/tail fins, red torso and dark black abdomens)
1x Peacock Gudgeon
Im also thinking about getting a sweet pair of apistogrammas as well. Not sure what kind, so many options!
- Eleocharis acicularis
- Hygrophila angustifolia
- Microsorum pteropus
- Flowering Caboma
(*plants are new to me and im still trying to learn the scientific names. My ID's may not all be right...)
Lighting: I do not keep both lights on at once, I prefer the look of the 10k much more.
Here are the endlers, sorry about the quality. Its a cellphone shot
The CO2 system.
Also here are my other babies:
200 gal system:
40 gal system:
Planted tanks are a refreshing change of pace from reef systems and much less of a headache too! Comments much appreciated.