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  1. So here is a brief account of what I did, when, and where. In the conservatory with the wrench... I live in Colorado Springs and one of my first fish acquisitions, before I fell down the "nerm hole", was 6 common/comet goldfish. I quickly realized they would need more space and I had been planning on making a small pond so this project commenced as Pond #2 (it was the second "pond" test). I purchased a 70 gal HDX storage tote and buried it half (or more) into the ground. I wrapped the unburied portion in emergency thermal blanket then filled in dirt around that. In the springs we get a lot of sun and melt off, the ground also doesn't freeze for too long or deep (relative to other areas). The thought was to use the ground to help trap thermal energy and the foil around the upper portion to potentially reflect any escaping heat (at that level) back into the water. I placed a smaller tote inside of it and used a power head to pump water into the bottom, through a bulkhead, and out the top through holes. I first constructed it in the fall and the gold fish spent their winter inside. The first winter top was a piece of double sided greenhouse placed upon it. At our coldest, around January or February, I found it was considerably frozen through on top but I was fairly certain it had not frozen completely. The goldfish were transported into the "pond" in the spring and when fall hit I constructed my second top using PVC and clear shower curtains. The A-frame structure was "double walled" in the hops that an air buffer would help better insulate. The top became covered in snow (hence the A-frame design) but I didn't get any ice until late January or early February. The Ice was quite thin and when I put in a pond de-icer (the smallest one I could find which was still relatively large) it actually warmed the water slightly and de-iced the entire surface. (better photo to follow) In the end I only had the de-icer in for a few weeks and the goldfish seem quite content. I am planning on building a larger pond this summer, using pond material, and will likely be recreating a similar (albeit nicer) top for the next winter. Hopefully this helps those in similar climates or helps to spark your imaginations. PS. The piece of wood in the corner is incase any critters fall in and need a place to crawl out.
  2. Ive been keeping fish since I was 5 in Boston with my dad. Took a break from 9/11/01 until 2014 or so while serving in Army and starting a DHS career post service. down to 3 50 gallons and 1 75gallon tend to skew to puffers these days. 50g : variatus platy colony, dwarf chain loaches (12), LDA01 (5), heavy plants, Cherry Shrimp (skittles) 50g: Crenichila Regani pair 50g: 3 hairy puffers full grown (18 month old colony) 75g: nile puffer 4" very chill so far, dither experiment: kribs, celebes rainbow I like working on breeding all my fish and learning from them. puffers are really fun for me looking forward to getting baby hairy puffers from the colony after seeing some breeding behavior early this year and hoping for regani babies as well at some point.
  3. Hello! My name is Ryan but I've been going been Vanish on forums for ages. As a little kid I was into "Quariums" but we didn't have the money or space for them. A little ten years ago I picked up an entire 55 gallon setup for free from craigslist and maintained it with various native species. I distinctly remember coming home from a weekend trip away and finding one of our crayfish had climbed out of our tank, went through the kitchen and was exploring our bedroom. 🤪 We bought our house in 2013 and it was shortly after that MTS began to set in. In early March 2014, I found a free 150g Tall with a broken bottom that would become a major project and just a month later picked up TWO complete free 55g setups and a free 75g. Uhoh, tanks are all over the garage/house and my wife is beginning to question my sanity. Shortly thereafter, I really started reading about live plants in the aquarium, and thus I decided to give it a go. Many mistakes were made but eventually this took over my passion for several years. Oh yeah, I also carved my own foam background and painted it with drylok. Remember this for later! This was my first day attempt at a 75 gallon planted tank. I had a long way to go. Can you tell I don't quite understand small tanks? 😄 By October, I had things in a much better position. Meanwhile, I had been off and on working on the 150g, which would go in my basement office. I did a plywood epoxy bottom and built a floor to ceiling cabinet for it. 55g sump from our original tank. DIY LED lightbar. There was a huge build log on another site that unfortunately went the way of the dodo as the owner decided to pursue being a social media influencer. I jumped the gun a little bit on getting it going, taking a few shortcuts ( see: overflow, specs of blue paint ) In early 2016, I had my first aquarium disaster. I had built an automated dosing system for my main 75g in our living room and one day the timer stuck on, dumping a liter of metricide/macro mix into the tank. I lost all my fish and a significant amount of my plants. It was one of those points where you throw up your hands and question if you want to keep going. To be continued...
  4. Hi everyone! I'm Josh. I've been keeping fish for 2ish years now. I currently have 8 aquariums and a few porch ponds. I have been watching Cory/aquarium coop for the last year or 2, I am a member over on YouTube, and I frequently shop at the store (virtually). I have been an active member on the FishLore forum for a while now, but figured I would join here to share some of my projects and to learn from all of you. Currently my main focus is rice fish, in fact over the next month or so I plan on transitioning all my tanks to rice fish tanks (for breeding or grow out). Here are a few photos of my "fish room" (its really just a fish corner). these photos are a bit old so things have changed a bit IRL: Also here links to a few of my build threads (I hope its OK to link another forum): https://www.fishlore.com/aquariumfishforum/threads/aquarium-rack-2-1.502894/#post-5011848 https://www.fishlore.com/aquariumfishforum/threads/20-gallon-long-rack-changing-my-whole-setup.488211/#post-4916095
  5. Hello everyone! I just wanted to take the time to introduce myself. My name is Jalen, and I live in Colorado. I vaguely remember having 1 or 2 fishtanks as a youngster. Colored gravel, plastic decor, and maybe few Molly's that only ever lived more than a year or two. Nothing exciting. Fast forward 15 years to December of 2019. My mom buys my 2 year old daughter a betta for Christmas. Surprising not only my daughter, but my wife and myself as well! Little did I know at the time, that fish would start me on one of the most passionate, creative, and fulfilling journeys of my life thus far. This last year and a half of fishkeeping has been quite a whirlwind, full of highs and lows. I hope, with this forum, I will be able to take you through my journey, through the highs, and through the lows. My intention is to inspire, to teach, and above all to learn and grow with this awesome community! Fish/inverts I am currently keeping: 1 Plakat Betta, 5 Sterbai Corydoras (spawning literally as I am typing, so hopefully I'll have fry soon!), 7 pygmy corydoras (& fry), 8 otocinclus catfish, 6 golden white cloud mountain minnows, 10 glowlight tetra, 10 black neon tetra, 3 nerite snails, several amano shrimp, and close to 100 yellow neocaridina shrimp. Every tank I have utilizes live plants.
  6. Hi Everybody! My name is Lisa. I am from Summit County, CO which has mining, skiing and tons of snow. I started my aquarium 2 years ago because I was told, “No more house plants!” by my hubby. So, to expand my plant knowledge, I began studying aquascaping. Thanks to Aquarium Co-Op my underwater garden is thriving. I’m here to learn even more. I started with a 5 gallon and a year of dialing in my well water and tank I ended up dialing in a smoothly running established tank that ran for nine months with out changing. But then disaster struck, when, while getting new carpet, my bed frame fell, bouncing off of me and falling diagonally onto my tank. Long story short I now have upgraded happily to a 10 gal. I do also have a 3 gallon at work, that really only has Java fern overgrowth, drift wood and nerite snails for cleaning. Why only two aquarium? Well remember that sweet loving hubby of mine. We all make compromises, but with that being said I do have a passion for my main tank and am hoping to reestablish that ecosystem I had in this new tank. Current Plants: -Java fern, both windelov and traditional -Java moss, what can I say, it’s quickly becoming a girls best friend. -Anubias nana petite, yea it’s coming along...I think... -Hydrocotyle tripartita ‘Japan’-just got this sucker but it’s perfect! -Radican Marble Queen Sword, growing some new leaves after the stress of the move -Ruffle Sword also got a massive trim and coming back. -Red Dwarf Aquarium Lilly, my absolute favorite! and tons of Marimo moss spread out on my driftwood. I do have a few fish: -mustard gas betta- you saw it coming. His name is O.D.B. He was chosen and named by my man. -a golden mystery snail-the chef Raekwon -a clown pleco- inspect the deck -a nerite snail- method man I do plan on completing my Wutang tank here in the future with the extra room but am waiting for everything to get established before doing that. With all that being said, Thank you all for the knowledge. Now, for the learning cycle to continue.
  7. I realized I never did this! I live in Denver and joined the forum in December. Just wanted to say thank you to all of you out there! I recently realized how truly unique this forum is -- thoughtful, informative, supportive, welcoming, uplifting. It's a true honor and pleasure to be here.
  8. A small hello! I go by Alaya on the internet, and hail from the Northern Colorado area. I currently keep a 55 g and a 5 g betta tank, with another in the process of being set up. I've been keeping fish in some form or other for 36 years, most of that with community tropical set-ups and bettas.
  9. Hello Everyone! My name is Connie and I live just north of Denver, Colorado. i currently have and maintaining 5 tanks in my house. A large heavily planted Rainbow tank, two Discus tanks and two smaller community tanks. I had my first aquarium when I was 7 years old and had it all the way through college. Got out of the hobby when we moved to Colorado in 2000. Then jumped back in a couple of years or so ago with Discus. What a eye opening experience that has been! So thankful for this forum & getting to enjoy everyone’s stories!
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