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post #1 of 11 Old 01-11-2010, 09:56 PM Thread Starter
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Hey, I'm new too!

Hey all,

Just thought I'd take the time to say hello.

I've been keeping fish for about 18 years now and I'm not looking back. I'm on my third tank now, but I've never had anything bigger than a 29 gallon. I've never had any fish that I would consider especially challenging or amazing in any way. Basically, I like the "natural" look with a lot of small fish swimming between the plants and rocks. I've got some plans for some future tanks, but I currently don't have the time, money, or space to do anything more than just plan.

Check out my current build here. Like I said, nothing too exciting. Your basic 29 gallon tank, under-gravel filter, silk plants, fake decorations. I'm starting to get a little too much algae for my taste, but I guess that can happen to a tank that's been running for more than 6 years and been moved once.
Right now there's a large Male Gourami, 1 male Congo Tetra and 2 females, a mature male and female swordtail with 5 fry all about a month apart, and a single dwarf pleco (12 fish total). I feed flakes in the morning and in the evening, although I alternate evening feedings with a freeze dried multi-pak cube. Maintenance wise, I do a 10 gallon water change every two weeks. This seems to be pretty successful; I know I should probably do it every week but I'm lazy, okay?

Check out my tank and let me know what you think!

29 Gallon Freshwater:
Under-gravel Filter with 2 PowerHeads
Silk Plants, all fake decor
1 Gourami (M), 2 Swordtail (M/F), 3 Congo Tetra (M/2F) 1 Dwarf Pleco
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post #2 of 11 Old 01-11-2010, 10:13 PM
Hello and welcome to the forum.
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post #3 of 11 Old 01-11-2010, 10:46 PM
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Welcome to the forum, ltkettch17. I just had a look at your tank. It's a beautiful set up.

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post #4 of 11 Old 01-11-2010, 10:48 PM
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Any tank that houses healthy fish is a good tank! Oh, welcome to the forum ;)
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post #5 of 11 Old 01-12-2010, 01:58 AM
Welcome, and I love your tanks. Silk plants, huh? They look nice. And I think your fish are amazing : )

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post #6 of 11 Old 01-12-2010, 02:22 AM
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Welcome to the forum! Very nice looking tank you've got there.

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post #7 of 11 Old 01-12-2010, 03:29 AM
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welcome.
nowt rong with silk plants in the right hands.
i think the tanks beautiful.

when you set up a new tank,hide an extra
sponge or two behind some decor,that way you have
something seeded for you next filter.
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post #8 of 11 Old 01-12-2010, 07:18 AM
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Hi and welcome.

Agree with everyone else on the tank. Great job!

Animal testing is a terrible idea; they get all nervous and give the wrong answers.
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post #9 of 11 Old 01-12-2010, 07:52 AM
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Hello and welcome to the forum! Very nice looking tank and fish!
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post #10 of 11 Old 01-12-2010, 01:08 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks all for the kind words.

My tank will probably under-go a slight re-scape in the next month or two. You cant tell by the pictures, but either the fish like to nibble on the silk plants, or the silk plants are just crap - but they are starting to show lots of wear. I'll be switching back to plastic plants, which don't look as nice but they last a lot longer.

I'll also be replacing my long overdue light bulb. When you don't have live plants, it's easy to let this one slide. However, looking back at some of my old pictures, I can really tell a difference in the quality of the lighting.

29 Gallon Freshwater:
Under-gravel Filter with 2 PowerHeads
Silk Plants, all fake decor
1 Gourami (M), 2 Swordtail (M/F), 3 Congo Tetra (M/2F) 1 Dwarf Pleco
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