Bear is coming Back!! - Tropical Fish Keeping - Aquarium fish care and resources
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 8 Old 06-05-2018, 09:43 AM Thread Starter
Member
 
bearwithfish's Avatar
 
Cool Bear is coming Back!!

Hello my Fishy People!!

I am soooo ready to get back into fish keeping. I have been in and out of the hobby for quite some time. I have done a few saltwater tanks and after my last one I decided to hold off on doing another for a while due to trying to sell my current house and a number of life things going on.

After accidentally coming across an old post or two of mine here I decided I would jump head first back into freshwater though.

My wife has had a nice 40b set up for a couple years with goldfish in it so I have some media soaking in her tank to get seeded while I plan out and get ready to build my display.

My plan is to keep things super simple and have some fun with guppies. Here is the outline of what I am working on -

on the top will be my Main display tank 20 long - black background LED lights ( I have this already)

Next two rows will house 2 5.5 gallon tanks each (total of 4 of these 5.5's), black backgrounds on each.

on the bottom will be storage for a sterilite hospital container, a sterilite quarantine (or 3) and any other incidental supplies.

Filtration will be provided by sponge filters off of a central air pump with the hoses suspended above to prevent any possible syphoning in the event of a power outage (check valves will likely be installed on the main line for the row as an added redundant measure).

Because I am not using a sump each tank will have its own heater also.

I am considering substrate at this moment. I am torn between bare bottom and crushed coral (for the added hardness to the water). There will be Lava rock in the tank for added biological filtration as I intend to slightly overpopulate in time.

And let's face it - with Guppies overpopulation will occur whether I intend to do it or not!!

Well, its good to be back and I will be stopping in from time to time to add to this and other posts. I will, of course, ask lots of questions, but I will be more than happy to share what I know as well.

Jumping Back into the Freshwater!!!
bearwithfish is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 8 Old 06-05-2018, 06:46 PM
Member
 
aussieJJDude's Avatar
 
Aquarium
Welcome back to the addiction! Whats your plans, is it just guppy breeding or are you planning to do something different with the other tanks?

(Highly reccomend having 2 20g instead of 4 5.5g IMO.

Sent from my SM-G935F using Tapatalk

540L/140G - 'Tidal Jungle' (Crabs) | 254L/67g - 'Backwater Pool' (Fish/Snails) | 96L/25G - ''Twisted Minds" (Fish/Snails)

I've never had any problems with 'Impulse Buying'. They're just animals that I forgot I had planned to get.
aussieJJDude is offline  
The Following User Says Thank You to aussieJJDude For This Useful Post:
bearwithfish (06-06-2018)
post #3 of 8 Old 06-06-2018, 07:18 AM Thread Starter
Member
 
bearwithfish's Avatar
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by aussieJJDude View Post
Welcome back to the addiction! Whats your plans, is it just guppy breeding or are you planning to do something different with the other tanks?

(Highly reccomend having 2 20g instead of 4 5.5g IMO.

Sent from my SM-G935F using Tapatalk
My plan for the moment is guppies only. I had considered a second 20 gallon however this works best for my overall plan. Eventually, there will be 2 of these units side by side, one display for ladies and one for gentlemen.

the 5 gallons in this initial set up are going to be grow-out tanks. As the fry get old enough to clearly identify gender they will get separated. One of these tanks will house a number of females. when its clear that they have dropped any fry from previous unknown fathers I will be able to start targeting them for breeding with select males from the main display.

I may even start off by dividing the 20 into 2 sections (ladies and gentlemen) then move specific pairs or trios into the 5's for breeding once I am ready.

I rather like the idea of the 5's for this or even eventually having some setup and "show tanks" for the strains I would like to isolate.

Jumping Back into the Freshwater!!!
bearwithfish is offline  
 
post #4 of 8 Old 06-06-2018, 07:37 AM
Member
 
aussieJJDude's Avatar
 
Aquarium
You could just get a 20g and divide it yourself, effectively forming 2 10g tanks with shared heating/filtration.... certainly would be better IMO, more swimming space - and more room for more fish IMO.

Sent from my SM-G935F using Tapatalk

540L/140G - 'Tidal Jungle' (Crabs) | 254L/67g - 'Backwater Pool' (Fish/Snails) | 96L/25G - ''Twisted Minds" (Fish/Snails)

I've never had any problems with 'Impulse Buying'. They're just animals that I forgot I had planned to get.
aussieJJDude is offline  
post #5 of 8 Old 06-06-2018, 07:41 AM Thread Starter
Member
 
bearwithfish's Avatar
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by aussieJJDude View Post
You could just get a 20g and divide it yourself, effectively forming 2 10g tanks with shared heating/filtration.... certainly would be better IMO, more swimming space - and more room for more fish IMO.

Sent from my SM-G935F using Tapatalk
I like how you think!!

Certainly a thought worth serious consideration.

I may just do that for the main display. I appreciate the idea!!

Jumping Back into the Freshwater!!!
bearwithfish is offline  
post #6 of 8 Old 06-06-2018, 07:51 AM
Member
 
aussieJJDude's Avatar
 
Aquarium
Quote:
Originally Posted by bearwithfish View Post
I like how you think!!

Certainly a thought worth serious consideration.

I may just do that for the main display. I appreciate the idea!!
Haha, the more room basically begs for more fish right? Plus it will keep down your energy bill as well, which no one will complain about IMO.

(Get all 20g and divide. Heck you could effectively divide one by 4 and have 4 strains going at once, or 4 pairs each in their own 5g compartment! So instead of having only 4 5g and a 20g, you could easily have 2 20g and 20g split into 4... or one 20g, and 2 20g split into 8... or all split into 12! ;) )

Sent from my SM-G935F using Tapatalk

540L/140G - 'Tidal Jungle' (Crabs) | 254L/67g - 'Backwater Pool' (Fish/Snails) | 96L/25G - ''Twisted Minds" (Fish/Snails)

I've never had any problems with 'Impulse Buying'. They're just animals that I forgot I had planned to get.
aussieJJDude is offline  
post #7 of 8 Old 06-06-2018, 07:59 AM Thread Starter
Member
 
bearwithfish's Avatar
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by aussieJJDude View Post
Haha, the more room basically begs for more fish right? Plus it will keep down your energy bill as well, which no one will complain about IMO.

(Get all 20g and divide. Heck you could effectively divide one by 4 and have 4 strains going at once, or 4 pairs each in their own 5g compartment! So instead of having only 4 5g and a 20g, you could easily have 2 20g and 20g split into 4... or one 20g, and 2 20g split into 8... or all split into 12! ;) )

Sent from my SM-G935F using Tapatalk
Or since I planned for 3 levels from the get go I could do 3x 20's and divide them up. save on heaters, filters, and lighting.

See - this is why I discuss before starting a build.

Jumping Back into the Freshwater!!!
bearwithfish is offline  
post #8 of 8 Old 06-06-2018, 08:01 AM
Member
 
aussieJJDude's Avatar
 
Aquarium
Quote:
Originally Posted by bearwithfish View Post
Or since I planned for 3 levels from the get go I could do 3x 20's and divide them up. save on heaters, filters, and lighting.

See - this is why I discuss before starting a build.
Yep. Thats what I was alluding to. Welcome to the dark side! ;)

Sent from my SM-G935F using Tapatalk

540L/140G - 'Tidal Jungle' (Crabs) | 254L/67g - 'Backwater Pool' (Fish/Snails) | 96L/25G - ''Twisted Minds" (Fish/Snails)

I've never had any problems with 'Impulse Buying'. They're just animals that I forgot I had planned to get.
aussieJJDude is offline  
Reply

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
I'm coming back into the fish world! Guppie luver Introduce Yourself 2 04-30-2015 07:14 AM
Ich keeps coming back Vpaw Tropical Fish Diseases 49 03-15-2014 12:58 PM
Coming back to Freshwater Aquariums -- Need Advice CamryDS Freshwater and Tropical Fish 33 02-08-2012 09:07 PM
Tell me banded kuhli's are coming back! Sunsetsonata Cyprinids and Atherinids 4 08-04-2010 07:18 AM

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome