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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 01-11-2014, 06:54 AM Thread Starter
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Just saying hello and sharing my tank specs. Also a question for those who know.

Alright alright. This is kinda a repost and kinda a hello to everyone because I finally got bonefied and signed up officially to the site. I got into this hobby a just a few months back and have got the multi-tank bad. I started with a planted 29 and now I have 2 planted 10 gal's. But thats not all. I have an empty 20, and empty 55, and another empty 10. All with filters and heaters yada yada yada. I am literally just out of space though I have the fish stock. And by that I mean my current 10 gals are horribly overstocked. More on that in a bit. So I had a thought. What about an outdoor tank? I thought to myself. I have seen videos of people doing it, so it must be possible with the right fish. Also I want to add, really what got me into this is plants. Aquaponics at first then planted tanks. I want to have a heavly planted tank, out on my patio. Whats more, I want to have that tank as my dojo loach tank. I am thinking either the 55 or 20 gal. I am to understand that they are "coldwater" fish and warmer water shortens their lifespans because it speeds up their metabolism. All this is well and good except, oh yeah I live in a desert. The temps here come June can reach up to and over 100F for a week straight. Now the tank would be always in the shade so I dont think prolonged heat would be an issue so much as drastic daily temperature fluxuations. 80's at night, 98+ during the day for months. You guys think the dojos could handle it? Or even the plants for that matter? (Any good species suggestions)

While I am here, I will share my tank specifications as we are so want to do.

1) First ever tank, 29ish gallon. Community tropical dirted planted. I kinda went plant crazy on this one. Got stuff from local rivers and LFS and just jammed it in there. Way to many species to count and I for sure have no idea what more than half are called. I have 1, 2 tube T5 light over it, not high output and not sure on the wattage. The filter for this is a 5 gallon bucket cut in half used as a grow bed for an ebb and flow aquaponics system. And its working flawlessly. I have the following species of fauna:
2-Neon Tetra (the rest got sick in an ick epidemic, started with 5)
4-Black Skirt Tetra
1-Chinese Algae Eater
1-Endlers Guppy
3-Fancy Guppy (2 male, 1 female)
2-Diamond Guppy (1 male, 1 female)
3-African Dwarf Frogs
2-Red Cherry Shrimp
3-Ghost Shrimp
A bunch of snails
A link to another post about this tank is here.

As well as a link to a video here.

2. 10 Gal, community tropical dirted planted. Rescued this one from Craigslist as well as the other 10. And I do mean rescued. I combined all the fish from the two tanks and cleaned the worse kept of the two for use as a quarantine tank. 13 species of plants with a 23W CFL and HOB filter, and the fauna are:
2-White Skirt Tetra
1-Serpae Tetra
4-Ghost Shrimp

3. 10 Gal, was quarantine and is now temporary community. Non dirted (yet), but does have plants with a 13W CFL and HOB filter. Fauna includes:
5-Neon Tetras
3-Dojo Loaches
1-Bush Nosed Pleco

And thats all folks, thoughts, ideas, opinions. Or if you have extra plants and you want them to go to a good home. HIT ME UP!
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My Aquaponic system link is in my sig line.

Things I've learned:

>You need a lot of bio load to create enough nitrates to maintain veggies.
>>On a small scale it will never be more than a novelty, and certainly is not a cost effective way to grow veggies.
>>> You never have a large enough grow bed

In you situation you'll need to find a way to keep the water temp @ or under 80degrees.

Temp fluctuations aren't really that bad if you start with hardy stock & keep the water quality high.

This is a 1/2 Whiskey barrel 'pond' I ran summer 2012. Temps would swing 10degrees at times. I had Cherry Barbs in it, had them spawn on a regular basis.

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