Hi, my name is Stephen and I'm a student at University of San Diego. I got into aquariums last year when someone bought a 10 gallon for my dorm room as a gift. I loved it and needed more of it. So I got a 50 gallon with a fluval 206 filter and a little juvenile oscar to go with my convict cichlids.
Here's the new tank with some pieces from my 10 gallon. In retrospect, putting old decorations + plants into the new tank was a terrible idea. The algae that was growing on the rocks spread to the new tank.
I added about 30lbs of playsand.
The tank cycled and eventually cleared up and I added a few fish.
After a couple weeks, I added the Oscar.
Cichlids started laying eggs so I put in a divider to keep the other fish from eating the eggs.
I was having problem with brown algae (diatoms?) from my old decorations so I added a UV Sterilizer to help curb the algae and get the clearest possible water.
A smoothhound shark and stingray I caught off our dock in the backyard.
125 Saltwater soon...
Anyways, I plan on buying a 108w light and adding soil and a diy paintball co2 system so that I can grow a carpet of glosso and add some swords. I'm going to give the convicts to a friend and just keep the oscar and the little dwarf guorami (they get along just fine). I know that people don't usually have oscars in their planted tanks but I wanted to do something different.
My goal is to have a tank that looks something like this:
Plenty of updates to come... Thanks for reading!