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  1. My lights get a bit wet from my filters bubbles. I have plants. Should I get a cover? Is it fine? What should I do?
  2. Welcome! This is my build thread to my new fish room. I’ve picked the brains of many members over the last couple weeks and finally I’m off the the races! I intend on taking many photos and updating my progress as I go. Please feel free to ask questions and a little direction is ok also. A little about me. I’ve kept fish for only about 9 years. My hobby over that span on time really looks different from time to time. The biggest thing is that I’m always excited about fish. I’ve mostly kept only 1-2 aquariums at any given time. My interest ebbs and flows. What intrigues me within the hobby is also changing. I’m a blessed father of 3 little kids and have a much supportive wife who I absolutely love. I work as a truck driver( home daily) and work roughly 60 hours a week. The last few years on MANY occasions Inhave suggested more aquariums to my SO and quickly got dismissed! To her defense we live in a rather small home and the space for more aquariums is essentially nil. Ask enough times and finally she had a rather great idea. “Why don’t you put a fish tank in the shop?” So what did i do? I bought 23! Shes referring to a 14x18 detached garage on our property that’s rough 20 feet from our back door. It had no running electricity to it up until recently. Has a brand new roof that I installed but looks rather dilapidated due to siding that is peeling and probably 55+ years old. Outside of that it’s structurally in good shape and is fit to house aquariums with a bit of work. The space I’m working with is a 8x8 that I’m building entirely myself with much help and direction from the community, years of watching YouTube and suggestions from my father in law. This is where I got the idea to call it Fishroom 64. No interest in YouTubing but I can at least document the progress. .this is very exciting for me, something I’ve been dreaming off for a long time. Even better I have the support of my wife. I’ve watched many people progress their hobbies over the years and now it’s my turn. Many considerations are going into this. It’s a very small space. I have limited power I can run. My house is only a 100amp service. I’m only running a 20amp circuit on it, but plan to use less than 10. Crazy right? I think it’s doable. If it’s too much for my current service I will move on with the help of a electrician but I’ve really planned out a minimal set up. Idea is 2 racks in the shape of an L. Exclusively 10s and 20 longs. Single linear piston air pump. All filtered by sponge. Single 400w wall heater. 6 low watt led shop lights. Small dehumidifier. There’s no running water so I will be pluming a drain line to either my yard or alley. I will have 1-2 55 gallon drums for holding and build work table over them. They will be easy to fill with garden hose. This is lengthy and more than I intended on initially typing. I will develop this out. Hope I didn’t lose anyone before the pictures. Hope you enjoy! First trip to THD
  3. 5 Gallon Fluval Spec For my first tank back to the hobby I wanted to do another nano tank since that's what I'm familiar with, and also living at home easier to talk my family into, and decided to go with the Spec because I like how sleek it looks and it fits on my desk with room for my school notebooks for when I'm in classes. Originally I was going to do a completely plant and driftwood tank but then I found a cool Star Wars AT-AT aquarium decoration on Amazon and decided to do a themed tank. The overall goal is a lush green tank (while still low tech) so it looks like an overgrown lush forest with the AT-AT as the only non natural element in it. Unsure if I'm going to stock anything in it or leave it just plants but if anything I may do some Neocaridina once the tank is established. I decided to use Fluval Stratum because I've heard good things about it and I like how it looks. Plants I'm for sure adding and already have in my possession are Monte Carlo, Crypt Wendtii Green, and Pogo Stellatus Octopus. Plants I'm considering are Java Fern, Anubias Nana petite, and possibly some type of floater. I'm open to suggestions. The tank is still settling from being filled but I thought I'd include anyway. The light was only put on it for the picture which is why it's a bit crooked, and the angle I was taking the picture at seemed to catch the blue LED's more than the white ones it doesn't have a background on it, though I am considering a black one.
  4. This post was originally dedicated to my 35 gallon hexagon that I refurbished but I have decided that it is now the journal for my MTS journey! I hope you all find my MTS entertaining or aspiring as I grow my aquarium addiction! So I acquired an old 35 gallon hexagon aquarium from a friend that had been sitting empty and unused for quite a few years. The tank leaked, the stand had mold or mildew in the wood and was just over all in pretty rough shape. I stripped all the old silicon out and resealed the tank. Sanded and painted the rims. Sanded and sealed the stand with Killz and then painted it black. I replaced the old hinges with new stainless ones and added a matching handle. The tank did not come with a lid so I made a custom one from a plexiglass. Got it all scaped up. Now I'm waiting on the fish to arrive. Let me know what you think!
  5. Hello there! A little background info: Blackwater Tanks are always something I've wanted to do, and this year I decided to pull the trigger. Unfortunately the 1st scape of this Tank didn't work out so well, but over the past 2 weeks I overhauled everything, kept the good stuff and got some new things, and let's just say it's 1000x better than before! Recent day: I call this tank "THE ROOTS" since the main piece of wood is a Bantigue Root, which is a dried root structure of a Bantigue Mangrove Tree. This piece took a long while before it was water logged, but now that it's not going to float, I was able to put it the way I wanted to from the very beginning. My stocking plans for this tank aren't 100% finalized, but what I do know is: •10x Pygmy or Marthe Hatchetfish. These 2 are the smallest of the available Hatchetfish species I've seen, and 2 I've yet to keep. I think they'll fit in nicely, I'm just waiting out on them since I feel like I need wayy more surface cover for them to feel comfortable. •10x of a small Tetra or Rasbora species. A couple species I have in mind are: Ruby Tetras, Blue Green Rasboras, Neon Green Rasboras, Cardinal Tetras, Rummynose Tetras, Morse Code Tetras, and some others I have in mind. I'm not 100% yet on which species since there's soooo many to choose from, I'll just see what color would fit the best. •5x Parotocinclus Species: These are definitely going to be the highlight of the tank. I won't say which Parotocinclus species yet, but they'll be one of the 1st fish to go in. The species I'm getting is super special as it hasn't really been available in the hobby for quite a few years, and this years summer seems to have been the 1st large export of these fish from their region, and word on the street is that it'll also be the last for a few years so I'm definitely going to get my hands on some before they sell out and it's too late. I'll talk more about them when i get them Next Week! (Hopefully) TANK SHOTS:
  6. I have decided to start a journal on this forum to help myself learn and remember the ups and downs of my journey in this hobby and hopefully help others learn from my mistakes. I will start with a bit of background info about myself. I am a high school student from the hills of western Maryland. I have been keeping fish “seriously” for about 4-5 years now and currently have 5 aquariums. I will post a few pictures of each aquarium and share stocking lists and goals I have with each one. This is my 10 gallon purple mosaic ribbon fin guppy and cherry shrimp breeding tank. As you can see it also has a bunch of rams horn snails. I hope to start selling some of the guppies and shrimp on aquabid once the weather gets a bit warmer.Next up is my 55 gallon display tank. It is currently stocked with Odessa and green tiger barbs as well as a Bristlenose and yo-yo loaches. Next we have my 20L mutt guppy aquarium that is currently home to mutt guppies cull shrimp and kuli loaches. It has some green water currently which wasn’t intentional but helps the fry hide from the adults which is good. The only downside is that it’s harder for me to see the fish too. I also have a ten gallon with a male krib. I’m planning on getting a female and trying to breed them. This is my marineland 5 gal which is waiting for its next inhabitant which will hopefully be a pea puffer. I will have to make sure to remove the snail first. I am also helping my younger brother set up a 5.5 gal cold water aquarium for some danios or whiteclouds. I would love to hear what you think about my aquariums and any suggestions for improvement that you have. I would also love to answer any questions you have about any of my aquariums. Levi
  7. I have been trying to come up with a name for my fish room, didn’t want to force it figured it would come naturally. Names like Brian’s fish room, aquatic adventures, Indiana house of fish, ect… didn’t seem right. As soon as I seen this term, phrase, word(s)? I will research it more. And the fact that I have to do that makes it fit even better. Because my fish room is not just for show tanks, breeding, or hoarding but first and foremost it’s for learning. @Guppysnailstarted a thread today Interesting article about how the word aquarium was established. No spoilers but…The name of my fishroom will be “My Aquatic Vivariums”. In this thread I will be describing each of my tanks in as much detail as I’m capable of, along with my feelings and concept I was/ am trying to achieve. Mostly just wanting to document my tanks as they sit today (day of posting for that tank) then update every 3 months 6 months not sure yet. Will be back with 1st official post in a couple days.
  8. Hello everyone! Today I got my package of plants and tools I ordered from Aquarium Co-op three days ago! (Wow, I'm amazed that they got the package from Washington state to NJ in three days. Aquarium Co-op really gets their stuff done!) I was able to scrape together a decent looking tank with only plants and no driftwood or stones, which I plan to get eventually. The plants I got were an Amazon Sword, a Water Sprite, a Red Flame Sword, and a Vallisneria (though two vallisneria plants were encased in the pot. Neat!) I know I should probably quarantine these plants before putting them in the tank, but unfortunately I don't have a spare filter or the space to set up a quarantine tank (But I do have a 2.5 gallon tank in storage). Anyway, I'll just attach the pictures now. Before Picture: After Picture(s): The Things I Ordered: And oof, the after pictures show a lot of debris floating around from when I messed around with the substrate. I did a 15% water change and vacuumed the sand afterward. I needed to change the water anyway. Even though it looks quite simple, the tank is pretty pleasing for me to look at. I eventually plan to get driftwood and stones to put in the back corners and attach anubias plants to! Ciel was very confused (and possibly even scared) of the new additions to his tank. After staring at the Amazon Sword for 15 minutes (as shown in the after picture), he went back into his rock to sleep like he usually did. I thought the new plants would stimulate him to be more active so he doesn't sleep in his rock or on his leaf all day, but I guess not. For the next few days, I will closely monitor the plants to see how they are adapting to the water conditions. Most of the plants I received are root feeders, so I made sure to add plenty of root tabs spaced apart from each other in the planted area. I originally planned to get all hardy, beginner-friendly plants, but I had to change some of my choices as my original ones were sold out online. If there are any comments or tips you guys have, feel free to reply them!
  9. hi! i recently got a 30 gallon tank. While i was leak testing it, i noticed a leak, so i am now going to drain remove the current outer layer of silicone and re seal it from the inside. i did noticed the cause of the leak was a big bubble in the seam. can this cause issues in the future or will re sealing it with a thick layer of silicone.
  10. I told myself I’d never use them again but this tank is gonna have my Oscar in it and I don’t like plain rocks/ driftwood only tanks. So if he uproots I’ll just replant or remove as needed. I made the substrate extra thick and only used decor that have good weights on them and buried them as deep as possible. If he wants to he will still be able to pull them out but atleast his normal swimming and dancing won’t dislodge them. He picks leaves off Anubias tied to logs, pulls val up (wasn’t rooted very well), and eats any floating plants I’ve tried. I’m gonna be planting Amazon swords in movable pots and when they get nice strong roots try to use them in here. Question is do any of you have real plants with these bigger type of fish that are known to uproot and damage them? How and what type? Pics plz if possible. and @Guppysnail it took me a couple extra minutes but I made sure the pictus had his whiskers on full display 🙂
  11. I'm pretty new to fish keeping and I have a Fluval Aqua-Clear 30 hang on back filter (20 gal long tank) I'm getting fish sometime this weekend and I'm finishing shopping for the aquarium (getting lemon tetras and it has a mystery snail in it) and I was wondering from yalls experience if a pre filter sponge would be beneficial for my tank. (my tank has been cycling for the past 3-4 weeks with that filter) (live java moss and 1 anubias nana in the tank and we're getting some floating frogbit this weekend) 🐠
  12. I have 2 125g tanks with leaks in a bottom seam. Should I just strip and seal or completely disassemble and rebuild?
  13. I was recently watching the "TEENY TINY ideas for your Nano Aquarium" video with Cory and Dean, and it got me excited to try a 3 gallon project. We have extremely limited space in our tiny apartment, but I have a space approx. 11.8 x 15.7 on a table that supports up to 44lbs. I had been looking at this Tetra LED Cube Shapped 3 gallon, but the mixed reviews have me a little trigger shy on this one. Does anyone have any recommendations on alternatives or experience with this product? Also I can't seem to locate that 3 gallon in the aforementioned video (the one that houses Clifford) anywhere. Is it no longer available? Thanks!
  14. Share some of the funniest moments you had when keeping fish! I just looked at my 5.5 gallon betta tank and my nerite snail is trying to escape. It is out of the water, and I have no idea why it is trying to escape. Should I pluck it back in the water? Once, one of my pygmy corydoras were sleeping diagonally with its head in the water and its tail on the gravel.
  15. So yesterday I added fish to my planted 40 breeder after cycling for a few weeks. I got 7 praecox rainbowfish and 1 electric blue acara. They're still settling in of course but I did have a couple questions. While the rainbowfish do go to all levels of the tank (though rarely to the top) they seem to mostly school at mid to bottom level, which is opposite from their normal behavior I've heard. The acara pretty much does the same thing but he/she is very skittish and runs away if I try to feed them. The rainbowfish will eat if they see the food sinking down. I think the tank is so large and they are so skittish that getting them to see that I'm feeding them is an issue. By the time I put the food in they are at the opposite end of the tank missing out. Though again once the food starts sinking the rainbowfish will chow down like crazy. The acara won't though. I've seen it mainly sifting through the substrate and picking up odd pieces here and there off the bottom. Is that anything to be concerned about? Or is it just going to take time to get used to the new setup? Edit: I noticed they sent me 6 males and 1 female rainbowfish. That's a horrible ratio obviously but at the moment it seems like the males are too busy with each other to pay the female much attention. I wish they had sent me a better ratio, that's kind of disappointing.
  16. Well I have been working for a few minutes to try and figure out how to upload a video here and then just gave up and copy and pasted the URL and that did it! Oh well.... Anyway, here is my aquarium today! After starting 4 months ago, very poorly, my aquarium has come along quite nicely. I have Guppies, Julie Catfish, Neon Tetras, Ember Tetras, Snails, 1 cherry Shrimp, Platty's, A Common Pleco, lots of plants, and everyone seems to be doing ok. I can't believe where I started with all fake plants to where I am now. We really enjoy our tanks and appreciate all the help I have gotten.
  17. Hi all! I started fish keeping in the middle of the pandemic. Now I’m obsessed...with the biology, chemistry, and beauty of this hobby. I’ve learned SO MUCH in the last year...thanks to many of you in the forum. I’d like to show you how it all started with this tank that I put together for my daughter, and is now in my home office/fishroom. It’s a year old, the only fish in there now from its inception are habrosus corydoras which were my first successful spawn. It’s a 10 gallon and now dedicated to them, as well as “Goggles” the hard-working Nerite who was the first creature to move into this little community and going strong. Plants are a mess. Still a novice there, but am learning month by month... SO I thought I’d share a post ONE YEAR IN (my 1-year aquariumiversary?) pics. I’d love to see what other keepers have done in the last year. Before and after shots welcome! Let’s celebrate making it through this unprecedented year. In last year, I learned to LOVE sponge filters, and floating plants. Also learning that I Strongly Dislike duckweed, but will live with it for now... Also learned that I’ll eventually need to transplant the sword to a different tank, but I’m not ready yet because my corys are so happy...see below for a picture of my very happy habrosus corydoras and pictures from when I first set up this tank May 2020, in my daughter’s room. I think I can safely say it’s seasoned and I couldn’t be happier!
  18. I have a request/question. I am looking at some ideas on how to set up my hardscape for my new tank. I have these three bahai stones, this piece of Manzanita wood, and some seiryu shavings for detail. Would anyone who is artistic be able to put together 2 or 3 ideas for how I can put it together?
  19. Yesterday I moved everything out of my 29g and moved in a 75g. Let me tell you, it was hard work. I finally got the fish in the 75 at 1am this morning. BUT I love the 75!!! OMG! I hope my plants and fish transition well. I have about 25-30 Platys. Thus the bigger tank and will be adding Angelfish soon. 29g 29g The move.... BAHBAM! Cloudy mess But Oh ya! I managed to install the lids backwards. DERP More Pics to come!
  20. My son has a 5 gallon tank that was in his room. Unfortunately, it was mostly forgotten up there as we don't spend much time up there, so I've relocated it next to my normal tanks and added some plants from my other tanks. He is a bit discouraged by the past several months of it, but I think a new spot will help significantly. He had a Betta in there before, and he may go back with another one. However, I want to give him the option of a few other fish. I've got the following to consider: cherry shrimp, betta, celestial pearl danio, clown killifish, and neon tetra. Any suggestions on my list, or anything else to add?
  21. I decided to dedicate a journal to my new twenty gallon high! I’m excited to post updates as it progresses in the future! The past few days have been pretty tedious, with a lot of cumbersome lifting, back and forth spray painting, and plenty of adjustments.. with some occasional amounts of frustration and tons of determination in addition. Most of the work lately has entailed building up the rock structure. I originally had it set lower, but realized that the height needed to be increased; I used mesh bags full of rock to add to it. Unfortunately, that had offset the half of the structure I had built (the right side was almost completely bare at the time). So, I spent well over four hours trying to get it all back into place, which finally resulted in the placement I was looking for. Afterwards, I added the rest of the structure and stabilized it all into large sections with spray foam. Following that, once the spray foam had dried, I had to remove the sections to take them up to the attic to spray paint them. It was a little frustrating at times, and a mesh bag was stuck to some foam and pulled off a small section before I could remove it in time. But, it was a small error, and I moved on to spray painting them all as thoroughly as I could before calling it a night on the brunt of the work. Though, I did clean the glass to try and remove all of the gunk and dried spray foam aftermath. There are some spots I still might need to touch up on, but a vinegar and water mix seems to be taking care of most of it. Today, I was mostly spray painting everything every few hours, rotating all of the rocks every time I did so. I did leave the bottommost structure in the aquarium to try and keep the placement of the other structures more consistent, as they all have to fit in place. In order to spray paint that one, I tore up some old newspaper and used that to block the glass on the sides and bottom, then I applied the spray paint. To try and minimize the fumes, since I sleep in the living room and right next to the tank (and my betta fish, Samphan, is in a holding tank on the table tray close by), I covered the top of the aquarium with a blanket and a pillow from off of the couch. It seemed to do the trick well, but I made sure to monitor my fish just in case, as well as fan out the area by him with a magazine, since the ceiling fan doesn’t work and it was too cold and snowy to open a window. I spent a couple hours over half the day on it all, and once the spray paint was up to my liking and the touch ups were completed, I took all of the rock structures back down and added them back into the tank. I made the mistake of adding them out of order and managed to offset everything, so it was maybe two hours of adjusting them all back into how they were originally placed, though not completely the same. The friction from the adjustments chipped a little paint away, so I added the newspaper back in and touched up the spots. A paper moved without me noticing, and some spray paint got on the glass. But it shouldn’t be too difficult to remove. This is the resulting product, and I’m pretty satisfied with it. This is my first attempt at a hardscape, and I made my own sketch of how I would maybe envision the scape to be prior to doing this all. So, that is what I would go back and forth referencing at. The rocks were collected years ago from Oklahoma when I visited family and spent a few hours in the insanely hot weather collecting rocks and driving a car for the first time, although that was the only time I was ever able to drive. I remember seeing a lot of scorpions, snakes, and frogs while collecting them all. They were much bigger than this, and filled the entire space of the trunk, but my mom and I hammered them down to make some interesting, but decently sized, pieces for this tank. Here is the rough sketch of the hardscape, although the driftwood is included on it, it has yet to arrive. So, I will add it later on to the aquarium. I really enjoy sharp angles and curves, so I tried to implement some of that into my original concept. I didn’t reference any photos, so it probably isn’t accurate to nature, but this is what I had fun coming up with. I tried to pick rocks that matched this, and I’ll add some smaller ones to the bottom once I add all of the substrate (I plan on using organic potting soil and Seachem fluorite dark, capping it all in black sand). I like heavy contrast and black is a great color for it, especially when mixed with plants and a brightly colored betta, so that is the color I chose for the rocks, though they were originally a rusty orange color. The spray paint hopefully will prevent the rocks from eroding much in the tank, as it has a primer in it as well, and I applied a lot of layers (though the spray paint is aquarium safe). I think it worked out well, and I’m surprised I was able to match it pretty close to my concept sketch, though I did change some things, like bulking out the left side, and bringing the other down a little lower. It is definitely a little more sizable in person though. The next steps are to add substrate, and hopefully the driftwood, once it arrives. All of the mesh bags and spray foam will be covered, and I’ll have to add smaller rocks in some spots afterwards. Following that, I will add my plants. I do plan on purchasing more tomorrow, as I have a case of ‘Plant Collectoritis’, which I’m thinking will be some tissue cultured and sustainable Bucephalandra, Bolbitis (I’m thinking maybe Bolbitis heudelotii or maybe something smaller), Java Fern Trident Leaf, potentially something else. I have a holding tank full of plants that will also be apart of this scape, and I will try to implement the majority, as I enjoy a bit of a jungle.
  22. Hi, randomly I was wondering why our aquarium fish don't seem to contract viruses, or do they have symptoms similar to a parasite, fungi, or bacteria so we don't notice them and end up treating for those? Thanks!
  23. I’ve been doing aquariums for the past four months or so now. I’ve had really satisfying results there, and I also have a product that I am developing for sale & doing DIY workshops. The product is *drums roll* 1-4 gallon jar aquariums. This system here is going to be used for growing plants that I will transplant hydroponically to the jar aquariums. A few questions: Which plants are easiest to control, will transplant happily, and look the nicest? In my main aquarium I hang pothos from the water column. I wish for something like this for starter vines, but with flowers! That would be nice. I’ll provide more details if/as the questions & comments come
  24. Hi, so I was wondering what your favorite acronym form the aquarium hobby is. Mine personally would be CRS (crystal red shrimp) since I love how they look and really want to keep them eventually. Also because it also stands for "crew resupply" for launching stuff to the ISS (International Space Station) and who doesn't like watching a rocket launch? CRS-21:
  25. Light on or off during cycling in planted aquarium tank!!??
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