Starting to get the "Innsmouth" Look
Greetings and Felicitations one and all.
Returning to the hobby after a 25 year hiatus. Beginning of June, my little girls brought home an eastern painted turtle from my parents' lake, saddled with the ill omened name of "Swirly". I determined that it would not take it's last ride to hades on the procelin express, and so began to accumulate the know-how and equipment to ensure this. Well, one thing has lead to another, as tanks have been outgrown and craigslist plundered, and, at the moment, my tanks are:
75 gallon - The house of Swirly - 1 Eastern Painted Turtle, 1 Bulldog Pleco, 1 Banjo Cat, Many Feeder guppies. Fake plants.
55 gallon - Southeast Asian - 1 Pearl Gourmai, 12 Harlequins, 8 Cherry Barbs, 5 Striped Loaches, 5 Kuhil Loaches, 2 Bristlenosed Plecos (migrant labor). Heavily planted with Crypts, Rotala, Java Fern and Moss, Wisteria, Water Sprite, Anubias Nana (African, I know). (The picture is a couple months old - it's grown out a lot since then.)
20 Gallon - Amazon - 5 Black Neons, 6 Glow Lights, 4 Sterba's Corys, 1 Leopard Cory, 1 Clown Pleco, and 1 Bristlenose Pleco. Heavily Planted with Swords, Pennywort, Cabomba, and dwarf Hairgrass
20 Gallon - Brand New - 12 Pygmy Corys, 7 Otos. Planted with Java Moss, Java Fern, and Swords
10 Gallon - My Little Girl's tank - Fancy Guppies
10 Gallon - hospital - Baby Fancy Guppies
Idle Tanks - 40 gallon Flat Back Hex, 46 Gallon Bow Front.
Hi tophat665, lovely tanks and welcome to FishForum.com.
nice tank and welcome
Lovely tanks. Welcome back to fish keeping.
Your tanks are very, very nice. Welcome aboard! :D
Hi and welcome aboard, tophat.:wave:
I moved your thread as it is based more on your tank pics apart from the introduction theme.:)
Your tanks are very nice.:D
Good luck with the fishkeeping.:thumbsup:
Instead of feeder guppies, why not try to keep angelfish in there along with several diamond tetras(Moenkhausia pittieri)?:thumbsup:
Re: Starting to get the "Innsmouth" Look
Just what sort of labor are your plecos involved with?? :wink:
I like you tanks --- love your attempt to keep them regionally themed. Can't wait to see some more pics!
Swirly will take a chunk out of anything he can catch. He's sent a half dozen fancy guppies, 3 corys, and 2 banjo cats to join the invisible choir so far., and I won't risk a fish in there that costs more than 50 cents until he's gone.
Swirly will be sliding into Lake Hayward sometime late next spring. He came out of the nest around May 28 this year, and my little girls interrupted him on his first scamper to the water with yolk still on his shell and brought him home in a cool whip container. Since keeping a turtle is a gigantic pain in the fundament, he is going right back where he came from once he is too big for a largemouth bass to make a snack of. Then this tank becomes Angel Station - a heavily planted Amazon tank - Swords, Cabomba, Pennywort, Red Tiger Lotus, hairgrass, and Vals. The working population is to be: 6 Scalares, 8 Dwarf Red Platies, 8 Emperor Tetras, 8 Silver Hatchets, 5 Albino Cories, a Banjo Cat, a Bulldog Pleco, and 2 Bristlenosed plecos (albino if I can arrange it).
I am thinking hard about Diamond tetras in my livebearer disposal tank. How are they on plants? Would they get along with some African Butterfly Fish and a Bumblebee Cat? Are they fin nippers?
I'd avoid Serpae Tetras if I might add. They are the most renowned fin nippers in the characins group. Neither will I be surprised that even long-finned strains would rip each other's fins.:roll:
Updated Pix of the rest of the tanks, apologies for crappy camera work:
Angkor Wat (55 gal Asian Planted - first pic above) as it looks today.
Note: I have deliberately let the algae go wild on the back glass, and my plecos keep the front totally clean and have doubled in length since August.
The Amazon - My first planted tank (well, it started out in a 10 and moved to a 20)
The House of Swirly - 75 gallons of turtle outhouse, with a homemade wet dry sump filter.
My guppy nursery (a 10 gallon shot narrow side on)
And finally, the tank that is holding my bottom feeders until I can get the tank set up in Mrs. Hat's classroom:
That's an Oto on the front glass. I really need to get a second filter running in there.
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