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Greetings from sunny Arizona where we are enjoying our winter. We started in freshwater aquariums benignly enough with a pair of 1 gallon Betta tanks - 1 for each of our daughters. Bettas didn't thrive and we moved up to a slightly larger tank. We then upgraded to a 3-gallon aquaponics kit and moved one of the Bettas into the aquaponics tank. After the first "crop" of wheatgrass and sprouts, we dove in with more seeds and quickly failed. We were tired of the constant cleaning and smell. The betta eventually passed.

We then moved to a 5-gallon Marineland portrait tank and put a couple of Dalmation Mollies, a Cory and a snail in the tank. Not wanting to clean gravel, we used glass stones scattered on the tank floor (yes, newbie). About every 2 weeks, we put the fish into cups, and scrubbed the tank out with soap and water to remove slime and and debris (again, newbie).

Remarkably, we didn't have any fish fall out. We wanted a tank that would be easier to clean, so we moved up to a 38-gallon Marineland bowfront kit. After considerable research, we ditched our poor fish-keeping habits and are on the right path now.

A live sand substrate, some shells found on the beach in Mexico and a few fake plants are mixed with some live plants. We still have the Cory and the Mollies and snail, but have added some Platys and a Kuhli Loach as well as a couple more snails and an African Dwarf Frog.

We're still learning the basics, but the tank has cycled and is stable. We have a couple of fry that are thriving (with more on the way) and we're looking to get into more advanced plantings. We're also going to build a rustic tank stand that better fits the room.

We look forward to learning from the vast experience on this forum and gathering ideas as we move forward.
 

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Welcome! Most of us learned some of our most valuable lessons the hard way (I know I certainly did). You'll find no lack of ideas from the folks here, but be careful: you may find yourself craving a larger tank (or more than one)! :smile2:



Hey all,

Greetings from sunny Arizona where we are enjoying our winter. We started in freshwater aquariums benignly enough with a pair of 1 gallon Betta tanks - 1 for each of our daughters. Bettas didn't thrive and we moved up to a slightly larger tank. We then upgraded to a 3-gallon aquaponics kit and moved one of the Bettas into the aquaponics tank. After the first "crop" of wheatgrass and sprouts, we dove in with more seeds and quickly failed. We were tired of the constant cleaning and smell. The betta eventually passed.

We then moved to a 5-gallon Marineland portrait tank and put a couple of Dalmation Mollies, a Cory and a snail in the tank. Not wanting to clean gravel, we used glass stones scattered on the tank floor (yes, newbie). About every 2 weeks, we put the fish into cups, and scrubbed the tank out with soap and water to remove slime and and debris (again, newbie).

Remarkably, we didn't have any fish fall out. We wanted a tank that would be easier to clean, so we moved up to a 38-gallon Marineland bowfront kit. After considerable research, we ditched our poor fish-keeping habits and are on the right path now.

A live sand substrate, some shells found on the beach in Mexico and a few fake plants are mixed with some live plants. We still have the Cory and the Mollies and snail, but have added some Platys and a Kuhli Loach as well as a couple more snails and an African Dwarf Frog.

We're still learning the basics, but the tank has cycled and is stable. We have a couple of fry that are thriving (with more on the way) and we're looking to get into more advanced plantings. We're also going to build a rustic tank stand that better fits the room.

We look forward to learning from the vast experience on this forum and gathering ideas as we move forward.
 

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Welcome to the board, glad to hear that you managed to find a happy resolution. Im sure your fish appreciate the extra space. :)

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