I am a teenager who has researched fish for a while before actually getting to set up some aquariums. During this time I acquired much information about different fish and how to care for them. I have now actually kept aquariums for a little more than a year, and am currently limited to two tanks. I still enjoy learning and researching about fish and animals in general, and also enjoy sketching and planning out setup ideas/stocking ideas for aquariums. Here are some of my favorite stuff:
- Favorite Fish: As can be inferred from my name and signature, Corydoras species. Probably the peppered cory (C. paleatus), but julii (C. trilineatus) and elegans (C. elegans, which I have never kept before unfortunately) are on my bucket list.
- Favorite Invertebrate: Amano shrimp.
- Favorite Plant: Definitely anything that is satisfying to keep (grows easy and fast with little work). So dwarf aquarium lily and water sprite. Vallisneria is definitely the coolest looking plant, but I have yet to get mine to grow into a jungle.
- Favorite Substrate: Pool filter sand: it's cheap, easy, and as long as you have fish to use the bathroom in it, you can grow plants in it too!
What you might want to know: I still enjoy researching different fish whenever I find them interesting, and I often enjoy writing long, detailed responses to your questions. Of course, this comes with disadvantages as well. I am one of those people who will go on writing my answer to your question, but will sometimes get carried away and start talking way too in depth about my own experiences. So forgive me when I do.
Here are some topics I am strong in: stocking suggestions, bottom dwellers, Corydoras, peaceful community aquariums, identification, biotopes, scientific names, classification.
If you're curious about what fish I keep/have kept - those that I have bred are underlined, and those that I didn't keep for long have an asterisk:
- Siamese Algae Eater (Crossocheilus siamensis)
- Von Rio Flame Tetra (Hyphessobrycon flammeus)*
- Neon Tetra (Paracheirodon innesi)*
- Dwarf Gourami (Colisa lalia)*
- Albino Cory (Corydoras aeneus)
- Peppered Cory (Corydoras paleatus)
- Pygmy Cory (Corydoras pygmaeus)
- False Julii Cory (Corydoras trilineatus)*
- Venezuelan Cory (Corydoras venezuelanus)
- Guppy (Poecilia reticulata)
- Endler’s Livebearer (Poecilia wingei)
- Pearl Gourami (Trichogaster leeri)
- Amano Shrimp (Caridina multidentata)
- Assassin Snail (Clea helena)
- Malaysian Trumpet Snail (Melanoides tuberculata)
- Bladder Snail (Physella acuta)
- Fanwort (Cabomba caroliniana)
- Hornwort (Ceratophyllum demersum)
- Water Sprite (Ceratopteris thalictroides)
- Bronze Crypt (Cryptocoryne wendtii)
- Amazon Sword (Echinodorus bleheri)
- Dwarf Hairgrass (Eleocharis parvula)
- Duckweed (Lemnoideae spec.)
- Java Fern (Microsorum pteropus)
- Dwarf Aquarium Lily (Nymphaea stellata)
- Vallisneria (Vallisneria spiralis)
If you want to ask me for advice or my experiences with these different fish, you can go ahead and personal message me, or tag me in a post.
Here are a couple random pieces of advice and some golden nuggets of mine (not the plecos):
- Keep cories in groups, as they are always more fun and may breed too.
- Wash/clean pool filter sand very well before you use it - it gets very messy and clouds up the water if you don't.
- When you make a mistake and something goes wrong, don't beat yourself up about it. I did this way too many times and ended up almost quitting the hobby because of the stress. Instead, learn from those mistakes and keep going.
Here's my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoFkC0Ea9ptvw_xR4_TW0eQ
So that's a little bit about me. Hope you enjoyed. Thanks for reading!