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2 Years Later… LazyJames85’s Basement Aquariums - 75g, 65g, 40g, 29g, 20g, 10g, 5g

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After a long absence on Planted Tank and a complete disassembly of all my tanks I decided Last October to take the big step of moving my tanks to the basement. With this move I was able to finally get my first 75g aquarium.

My space allocated in the basement is 6x8' rectangle enough to custom build a 75g stand and add my edsal 36" in a corner for a future 40g and 29g.

I built the stand following the King of DIY's tutorial.
It is made with 2x4 Framing Wood and 3" Steel Screws.
The top is a Plywood and Foam Tile that you normally use for Basement Sub-floors.
Also Added a shelf (those flimsy boards from the edsal muscle rack) for the filter as I didnt want to lose any Flow with the head height being to low.
Also a space for an Insignia mini Freezer & Fridge.

With the stand completed and painted I decided to use all my existing plants and decor to save on money. With Christmas coming up I had to cut down on spending and now 3 months later (present day) I had to settle for this so far.

Top Fin 75g with Lids
Fluval 3.0 48"
Fluval FX4 with 3kg Biohome Ultimate Media
Flow Tamer Spraybar (ebay)
Aquatop 300W Titanium Heater
DIY 2x4 Stand
Frosted Window Film Background w/ Govee LED
JW Fusion 400 Air Pump w/ 4" Air Disc

Hardscape and Plants:
Anubias Nana
Java Fern
Echinodorus 'Red Diamond'
Hygrophila costata
Groot Planter (ebay)
6 Black Clay Pleco Caves
White Pool Filter Sand at front and Fluval Flourite in back

Fish and Snails:
12 Bleeding Heart Tetra
12 Skunk Corydoras
15 Rummynose Tetra
6 White Lyretail Molly
3 Zebra Lace Angelfish
2 Adult Bristlenose Pleco
Many Assassin Snails

Hikari Frozen Bloodworms
Hikari Frozen Brineshrimp
North Fin Community Flakes
North Fin Comunity Pellets
North Fin Kelp Wafers

I don't do Co2 as I had bad experience with it in the past. I Dose Excel and Flourish. But im currently battling a BBA outbreak in this tank. (existing plants had some)
I was thinking of getting an AutoDoser as I've been pretty lax on my dosing schedule... sometimes forgetting for days.

Seachem Flourish
Seachem Excel
Seachem Root Tabs

Water Schedule: With Seachem Prime
Every 2 Week Partial 25%
Monthly 50% Water changes
Filter cleanout every 2 months.

Youtube Video of the tank at night

Things to do:
-Hopefully in the future I can make the Stand look less ugly... maybe some doors or more trim.
-Sort out this ugly BBA problem with a doser of some sort
-I'm pretty maxed on Inhabitants but I wish i had some Kuhli's
-Complete the rest of the Basement with a 40g Breeder and move my old 29g Dragonstone.
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2 Years Later…
Basement Fishroom still alive and kicking! Added an addition to the diy stand and 7 Total Aquariums. Spent almost the whole pan…(thing that shall not be named) down in the basement. Added a Tv to make Waterchange days tolerable and built a cool PVC Pipe/Ziss Valve Manifold for my and Linear Piston Pump.

Updates to my goals from 2 years ago…
Things to do:
-Hopefully in the future I can make the Stand look less ugly... maybe some doors or more trim.

As you can see I added blue trim, no doors but did add an addition 🤣

-Sort out this ugly BBA problem with a doser of some sort

Looked into getting a Jebao, but then found SAE from Angelfins, they took out most of my BBA… but now these guys are HUGE and extremely rambunctious.

-I'm pretty maxed on Inhabitants but I wish i had some Kuhli's

Still wish I had some, instead went with a Pair of Hillstream Loaches, they had 1 baby so far.

-Complete the rest of the Basement with a 40g Breeder and move my old 29g Dragonstone.

Ended up scraping the 29g Dragonstone but got busy over the lockdown with 7 tanks added to the basement!

My Basement Fishroom
Water Plant Pet supply Glass Aquatic plant

45g (40 Breeder) Bristlenose Pleco, they started breeding this past 6 months, I now have 20+ also some random Glofish from a FAIL Glofish setup
Plant Green Lighting Pet supply Terrestrial plant

10g Blackwater, Betta (Preordered) Amano and Future Pygmy Cories, 5g BlackWater Cherry Shrimp Tank
Plant Green Wood Motor vehicle Gas

29g Platy Tank that I setup this past week, to put my 2.5 yo Angelfish in to population control… then that lil nerd died in the 75g so here’s the Platy only Tank. 20g empty at the moment.
Plant Wood Gas Machine Audio equipment

My original Basement tank, still looking somewhat the same. Only lost the Angelfish and a few tetras from the schools. 75G Tetra, Rasbora, Corydoras, SAE, BN Pleco
Plant Light Rectangle Nature Grass

65 Gallon Ryukin and Telescope Tank. 4yo Black Moor turned Orange…
Purple Entertainment Pink Violet Magenta

Also I made this diy Air Manifold… pretty proud of it 😍 (15g is my Quarantine tank, not set up)

I used PVC Irrigation Tube and end caps, Ziss Air Valves, Python Airline and a Linear Piston Pump.
Hood Automotive tire Motor vehicle Automotive lighting Electrical wiring

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View of the Whole Fishroom:
Computer Gadget Personal computer Laptop Audio equipment

Everyting Specs Post:

75 Gallon, Fluval FX4 with Flow Tamer, Fluval Plant Light 3.0, Govee LED Lights, Aquatop 300w Titanium Heater, (Media: Dish Scrubbies, BioHome Ultimate)
Bleeding Heart Tetra, Rummynose Tetra, Cardinal Tetra, Ember Tetra, Lampchop Rasbora, Skunk Corydoras, Salt & Pepper Corydoras, Hillstream Loach, Bristlenose Pleco, Siamese Algae Eater.
65 Gallon, Eheim 2217/Seachem Tidal 75, Aqueon Led Tube Light, Govee LED Lights, (No Heater) (Media: Dish Scrubbies, BioHome Ultimate)
Red Ryukin, Calico Ryukin, Black Moor Telescope Eye (Now Orange)
45 Gallon, Aquaclear 70, Fluval Aquasky Light, Eheim 150w Heater, (Media: Dish Scrubbies, BioHome Ultimate)
Bristlenose Pleco Breeding Colony, Glofish White Skirt Tetra, Glowfish Danio, Amano Shrimp
29 Gallon, Marineland Pro 175, Finnex 24/7 Light, Eheim 100w Heater, (Media: Dish Scrubbies, BioHome Ultimate)
My planned Guppies tank... , Bristlenose Pleco, Amano Shrimp
20 Gallon, Aquaclear 20, Finnex 24/7 Light, Eheim 50w Heater, (Media: Dish Scrubbies, BioHome Mini)
My Planned Dragon Stone and Tetra/Corydoras Tank, Bristlenose Pleco, Amano Shrimp
15 Gallon, Aquaclear 20
Quarantine Tank
10 Gallon (Modded Betta Trio Tank, technically 9g ish), Marina Slim 15, Fluval Aquasky Light, Eheim 50w Heater and Inkbird Wi-Fi Aquarium Temperature Controller C929-A, (Media: BioHome Mini)
Planned Betta Tank... Pygmy Corydoras, Amano Shrimp
5 Gallon, Azoo Mignon, Fluval Aquasky Light, Hitop 25w Heater, (Media: BioHome Mini)
Ultra Red Cherry Shrimp, Amano Shrimp
Air Pump:
Pawfly 7 W 254 GPH Commercial Linear Piston Pump
DIY Air Manifold (3/4" Irrigation Pipe/Ends, Ziss Air Valves)
Hydra Aquatics/Pawfly Sponge Filters
Python Clear Airline
Lee's Black Airline
Pawfly Check Valves
Plants and Hardscape:
Anubias Nana
Anubias Petite
Java Fern
Java Fern Windelov
Hygrophilia Costata
Crypt Tropica
Crypt Parva
Malaysian Driftwood
Fluval Stratum
Crushed Coral
Pleco Caves and Cichlid Caves
White Pool Filter Sand (Nepheline Syenite)
Black Estes Sand
I feed all my fish with Northfin Products
Dish Scrubbies, Biohome Ultimate/Mini and Pinky Floss
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I got 6 Baby Pygmy Corydoras today! To give my lone Adult Pygmy some love… They are hard to film, extremely wiggly little creatures.

I put them in my 10g Blackwater Tank, in advance of an upcoming Betta Shipment. Need to let them settle in for a month and gain some size before my online Order Betta comes in.

Plant Organism Pet supply Rectangle Grass

Plant Wood Terrestrial plant Grass Aquatic plant

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My 29g is now done! Planted with Vallisneria and Java Fern. Black Sand and River Rocks, there’s also a bag of crushed coral to keep the ph high 7.4-7.6

I got 2 Male Sunburst Platies and 3 Female Twinbars. One Bristlenose Pleco and Amano Shrimp. Butthe star of the tank is this lil (soon to be huge) Tri Color Angelfish.

Water Plant Vertebrate Pet supply Organism

im not looking forward to hundreds of baby platies so hopefully the Angelfish will take care of that problem!

Filter is a Marineland 175 with Sponge Intake, Eheim 100w Heater, Sponge filter on left as well because I’ve chosen to fill the Marineland with DishScrubbies and Biohome, Purigen plus Pinky Floss.

Flower Plant Green Leaf Water
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