Planted Tank Guru
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Morris County, NJ
My first memories of fishkeeping are from when I was around 4 or so. My cousin in China had a heavily overstocked little tank (couldn't have been more than 3 gallons), but had a bunch of livebearers and they were really prolific! Combined with a book about fish that I got from one of my preschool teachers, that's what got me interested. I got my first tank (a 46 bowfront that I still have now) when I was 6 or so. I populated it with various community fish, and it was an angelfish, a swordtail, a platy, and some black neon tetras that ended up living for years. I a 2nd tank when I was around 9 or so, and a few more several years after that. Now I have 5 tanks running, but 2 of these are emersed plant tanks.
My first experience with planted tanks was when I was maybe around 7. I got a plant (probably non-aquatic) from a store, and it ended up dying. When I was 9, I went to visit my cousin in China again. During my visit, she got a 30 gallon tank, which I helped her set up with various plants and such. Since it was China, there were many plants available for cheap. Unfortunately, the tank disintegrated from poor maintenance once I left and is now a planted goldfish tank. With that experience, I plotted to start my own planted tank. However, I didn't get around to it until 2 summers later, before I was to start middle school. I went to PetSmart and got a dual T5HO light (despite my dad's insistence that sunlight was enough) and some plants (all aquatic). I replaced the aquarium's previous silly background and decorations with plants. However they all ended up dying. The oldest plant that I got that summer that I still have now were some Crypt. wendtii. Gradually, I improved my tanks, but there were many difficulties, especially with hair algae and cyanobacteria. I got into emersed plant tanks the next summer, using an old tank that was actually bought as a fake fish tank (all previous equipment removed though). I still have that tank today, and it has some sunset hygro and anubias growing very nicely in it (these were the original plants in the tank). Now my tanks are doing quite well, and hopefully they will continue to do so for a long time.
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