So about 6 months ago I went to the pet store and became fascinated with the fish. i didnt realize at the time all the different shapes, colors, and sizes of tropical fish there were! (and decorations!@!@!
I bought a used 55 gallon, a stand, a quarantine tank, a penguin 350, heaters, gas pump, decorations, a 2nd filter, and all kinds of odds and ends off of craigs list for 200$ half of it didnt work, and most of the rest i didnt need. haha but it got me through the door. i bought a book. The Simple Guide to Freshwater Aquariums by David E. Boruchowitz at the used book store (can you tell im thrifty?) and read it about 50 times. I was a little disappointed in some of the things i learned (no cichlids, gold fish, or that Tiger Oscar for me!) but the emphasis on filtration and water changes and water chemistry i give full credit for my first tank being a success.
I am really enjoying my tank and the beauty it brings! The only thing that would make it better was if i could walk my fish, or cuddle with them, or play fetch, but thats what i have a puppy for haha.
Anyway i really think i would of messed up this tank with out that book. i didnt know you had to cycle i didnt know about bio filtration to me it was Water+fish+scuba man=WIN!
Ill stop rambling and get down to the good stuff.
I started with Platies, I *Think* 2 red wag tails, 2 sun burst, 2 orange mickies. gave it 3-4 weeks added 4 peppered corys, 3 Mollys, a Silver Lyretail, an Orange Lyretail, and a Dalmation.
i left it at that for 3 or 4 months, I lost the two wagtails, i replaced one because my girlfriend cried when i told her he went the way of the porcelain god, i said i was kidding and went and got one the same size haha. i lost the two sunbursts, one of which was a big female who had pregnancy problems and died.
i really have no clue why they died, probably stress while i was figuring out temps, and my bio filtration was still setting up
ANYWAY! everything evened out and i was ready for my pride and joy, the GLORY of my tank, the Angelfish.
i got two veil tails and they lasted a week. there was a return policy so i got two more they lasted a week. i felt awful and gave up haha.
I recently added some more fish which i will put in the tank description below. I also added 2 mystery snails and am amazed at what those "slow" little dudes accomplish!
The Decor. The Right side is what i wanted the tank to look like. The left was my at the time girlfriends vision. I cheated and always fed the fish on my side so prove to her they "liked" my side better
I have two penguin 350s Temp is 78-80.
- 4 peppered Corys
- 1 Rubberlip Plecco
- 1 Orange lyretail Molly (probably one of the pretties fish i have seen, great metallic sheen to her tail/dorsal)
- 1 Dalmatian Molly (i think there is more to the name about his fins or something but i cant remember)
- 1 Silver Lyretail Molly
- 2 Orange mickey mouse platies
- 2 Highfin Blue Mickey Mouse Platies (i looked FOREVER for these)
- 1 highfin Sunset Platy
- 1 Highfin Marigold Platy
- 1 Red Tuxedo Guppy (male)
- 1 Other guppy, lol, it has a really long floppy dorsal fin and its blue/black/red who knows
- 1 Opaline Gourami (male)
- 2 Variatus Platies, one with orange high lights and one with yellow, both have a great metallic sheen
- 1 Red Wag Tail Platy
- 2 Gold Mystery Snails
if i can figure out how to post pictures:
and a video i took.
all this is with my iphone :/ so please forgive quality issues
all feed back is welcome! concerns, constructive criticisms, or praise.
im really enjoying this and wanting to expand so anything you think will help let it rip!