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post #1 of 7 Old 06-11-2019, 08:43 AM Thread Starter
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Hi, advancing beyond old school

I have been doing aquariums the same way since I was 12 years old. The way my Mom taught me. Under gravel filter and that is it. Partial water change, normally after my fish started looking stressed. I tried to have plants to take up the nitrates.

I have been running:
20g (guppy tank)
5g (amano shrimp and java moss)
1g (Beta, wife's)
I did not realize how many aquariums I have been accumulating!
Not counting the 3 mentioned I have: 3g, 5g, 10g, 35g, 55g & 75g tanks.
People give me tanks and I pick them up on the side of the road and reseal.

Now for a change!
Broke down the 20g tank yesterday, I am setting up the 75g as a cichlid tank.

I am doing things I have never done, wave makers, no under gravel filter, UV and a DIY sponge filter with filter media inside.
I bought 100 lbs. of crush oyster shell from Tractor Supply for substrate. Decorating with big rocks, drift wood or branches and a few BIG plastic plants.
I am 56 and I am excited as a little kid standing in line to get into the circus tent!
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post #2 of 7 Old 06-11-2019, 09:35 AM
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hello and welcome
have you got any pictures ?

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 #3 of 7 Old 06-11-2019, 11:19 AM Thread Starter
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I posted pics, but it said a moderator need to approve it. I guess because I am a noooooob....
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post #4 of 7 Old 06-12-2019, 07:43 AM Thread Starter
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Here is my 20g I printed the background and have LED lights behind it shining from the top to light it up.
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post #5 of 7 Old 06-12-2019, 07:46 AM Thread Starter
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This is a 5g shrimp tank, plus one snail. It is now OVERGROWN with java moss.
I put a tiny sprig of java moss in it a year ago to see what would happen.
It took over.
I am planning to take it out and attach it to rocks, maybe make a moss wall across the back, or attach to sticks and make it look like a tree.
Not sure just yet.
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post #6 of 7 Old 06-12-2019, 07:50 AM Thread Starter
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This is a 1g tank I have what was my moms.
My wife has never had an interest in aquariums, so I set this up for her.
I took her to buy a beta. I set it up to be pretty. She likes it. It is right next to her recliner. I even heard her telling different people about her beta. She named is Sapphire.
The setup is not to my taste, but she likes it.
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post #7 of 7 Old 06-12-2019, 07:57 AM Thread Starter
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Here is a nano aquarium I made from a light bulb and put java moss in it.
I have a small LED light under it to light it up. This was fun. It is sitting on my desk at work.
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