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  1. Last one! This is part of the kitchen tank near the patio door. The small jardinières has guppy fry growing out, it is 1.5 gal with some snails, guppy grass and emersed papyrus (baby tut?). 20 high has male mutt guppy and will be adding 3juvenile bristlenose pleco to grow out. This tank also had leech infestation. Recently broke this tank down, salted hardscape, baked the substrate to sterilize then reused. Groot holds dwarf sag with anubius and java fern, moss balls, spider and cholla wood. Hope you all enjoyed. Hopefully will get some better livestock photos. Rosy loach tank with shrimp is cool...will try to capture!
  2. This is about 15 gal tub with submersible led and sponge filter. There are 15-20 female guppy-some are huge. Some fake grassy plants as I figure out lighting. This tub looks like viewing a clear mountain lake from above; The guppy swimming about remind me of trout (but smaller)!
  3. This area across the small fish room has a 16 gal bookshelf tank that I love. Currently has 3 large bronze Cory that have spawned several times last year. A few fry have survived for me. Also male platy, rasbora het (can't spell harlequin?) Blue cobra guppy. Many plants. Below at bottom of desk is about 8 gal. Jardinières with breeding cobra guppy colony and other mutts. Plants and submersible led light with sponge filter. Can you see the Lego box above the jar? Also on desk is 2 gal with tiny pea puffer, cherry shrimp, ramshorn and bladder snails. It has under gravel filter, dwarf sag, guppy grass, moss balls and an algae blob. It is doing well. The 10 gallon has female platy, and albino corydora, with anubius, wendelov java fern, dwarf sag, snails. Also an enjoyable ta
  4. I tried to get a few more photos but my tablet camera is not going to work and the fish keep moving! I will give overview photos for now AND I have the opportunity to upsize some tanks and get more livestock from a fellow fish keeper...so things may change. I will start in my fishroom that I share with play space for my 2 yr old grandchildren. Note the grates on larger tubs so kids will not get inside. The tub is appx 40 gallon and was awesome for a fancy goldfish and moor about 8 yes old with platys. I had a troubling encounter with leeches from pond plants I introduced. Both goldfish and many platys died . I broke down entire tub discarding plants, substrate and salting any rocks and wood. This tub is heavily planted for Florida flagfish, but that delivery did not happen. Now have 5 corydora, sand substrate, rainbow platys, 2 opaline gouramis. Occ'l Lego's from grandkids playing "does it float or sink." .The small tub is 4 gal quarantine, currently has some guppy fry and extra plants.
  5. Agree with this. If cartridge more convenient rinse in either of those water choices and reinstall. Keep doing this until cartridge degraded then can change to new cartridge. I only clean filters when flow decreased.
  6. I have a pea puffer with cherry shrimp and they do great together!
  7. This tank about one year old. Lots of oak leaves keeps it somewhat acidic meaning water changes or occ'l Equilibrium needed monthly-ish to keep pH relatively stable at 6.5-7.0. (Hard Indiana well water) Common pleco about 9 yr old from Walmart. :). Tiger val, anubius, bolbitis; few crypts, java moss, P stellatus octopus, ramshorn snails, tiger barbs, kuhli loach one mystery snail. I had creepy cool leeches from hornwort pond plants added in some tanks but not this one thanks to common pleco. Hornwort was removed when I found these creepy/ cool dudes. Other photo
  8. Hey, I am also in Columbus! New to the forum 2022
  9. I decided to do some journal entries with photos. I took a few with my tablet that are acceptable. I will work on that so you all can check my efforts and enjoyment out. It is nice to share with others...sometimes I think I only "talk fish!" Stay tuned!
  10. Thanks for your interest! I will work on some photos. My tablet camera takes better photos than my phone.
  11. Thanks. My hubby says too many, but he has his own hobbies/hoarding behaviors. Happy wife happy life! Lol.
  12. I have made a few posts so thought I should do an introduction. I started with common guppy as a child then got some moor goldfish in my 20's. Goldfish lived 10+ years. I became a medical technologist so the water chemistry fascinated me. Also, I loved outdoor gardening and house plants. Fast forward 40 years...it does go fast! I am now retired and have 11 tanks the largest a 29 gal. My well water is hard and try to keep livestock that is compatible with the water parameters, mostly. I have embraced planted tanks to do indoor gardening (not human edibles) in tanks with diminished edible outdoor gardening as my bones/joints complain (container gardening and raised beds now with many native plants in flower beds). I keep lovely mutt guppies, rainbow platys, corydora, some loaches, a few pleco and rasbora and danio, betta, 1 pea puffer, neocardinia shrimp. Also some tiger barb and gouramis. I love the jungle look in some tanks. Stem plants do not fare well for me but the epiphytes are thriving. I appreciate everyone's experiences and knowledge being shared on this forum and the you-tube and other videos shared on other formats. Always learning, with awe, Laura R. Thanks to Cory and the Aquarium Co-op crew!
  13. I had a 10 gallon with overstocked female guppy and some fry. Hornwort few nice anubius ramshorn snails. The pH dropped to 5.5 to 6.0 and I was neglectful with water changes as guppies doing well as well as plants. I moved guppy to another larger tank and most did well. New fish in the 10 gallon died...platy. Upon water checks surmised old tank syndrome because of negligent on water changes. The female guppies adapted to the low pH and did well. The snails had poor quality shells due to low pH and water lacking buffer capacity. My well water is pretty hard. So over 2 weeks did 50% water changes and gravel vac 3x week checking water quality each time. The pH continued to drop the first week then stabilized to high 7's the second week with buffer ability (GH?) recouping as the gravel detritus diminished. I did not clean filters to maintain any beneficial bacteria. Don't neglect water changes. I slowly added new fish and now have stable pH and GH, platys, Cory, danio, ramshorn with nice shells. This process took about 4 weeks.
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