Aiste Posted November 4, 2021 Share Posted November 4, 2021 After eyeing fish in the local pet stores for a while, at the end of August me and my husband decided to start our aquarium journey. Figured I'll start the journal as a way to keep up with the progress and share pictures as well as new things learned along the way. 20 gallon community tank The start We bought one of those 20 gallon starter kits, set it up, and after few weeks decided to proceed with a fish-in cycle - I had loads of free time to monitor the tank and we kind of gave in to the excitement of getting fish sooner rather than later. We got two mollies (assured by the store they're males; turned out to be two girls), a platy (which we thought was a molly - talk about doing the research about fish you're buying 😄), a peppered cory, and an albino bristlenose pleco. With the help of some plants, twice a day water testing and very frequent small water changes, few weeks later the tank was successfully cycled with no big ammonia/nitrite spikes and I felt like I could finally relax and enjoy the aquarium. Initial setup of the aquarium: Over time we got some upgrades to the filter system, an airstone, more plants, few more platies, peppered cories, ember tetras, two nerite snails, and a dwarf gourami. Our mollies grew fast and started to get increasingly aggressive to other fish in the aquarium, especially when food was involved. After giving it some thought, it seemed like giving them back to the pet store would be the best decision - avoiding aggression, reducing stocking, less of a "fish salad", and hopefully happier life for mollies. The day before we went to the pet store, of course, they decided to leave us a gift of 9 baby mollies that are happily growing and will be rehomed when they're a little bigger. Which brings me to... Today It's quite amazing to see how much everything has grown. Aquarium is quite heavily stocked but water parameters seem to be perfectly stable, plants are growing, fish seem happy - I guess it's fine? This turned from "having some fish would be pretty cool" to being a source of happiness I wouldn't have thought it could be. Honestly could spend hours just watching them do their thing (and sometimes I do 😄). Tank inhabitants: PlatiesMorka (Sunburst platy) Our first platy, shy small boy that tends to hang out alone more often than not and doesn't go for food too aggressively. The moment a female platy was introduced to the tank he jumped straight to mating with her though. Mickey (Mickey mouse platy) We thought he was a female but as he matured, his anal fin changed shape to definitely male. A bit more aggressive boy, nearly twice the size of Morka. Occasionally chases other platies away from food and eats like a madman. Never seen him attempt to mate with either of our platy girls, although he has developed an unhealthy obsession with currently very pregnant Panda platy - quick google search seems to suggest he senses she's about to give birth and he's trying to snack on the babies? Panda (Panda platy) Currently in process of giving birth slowly - one fry appeared two days ago, couldn't spot more but they seem to be very good at hiding. Still looks pregnant. Loves bloodworms and nibbling on my fingers when I'm doing aquarium maintenance. Babe (Blue wag platy) Cute small girl we got recently to try to balance sex ratio a little. Mostly ignored by other platies, although Morka definitely did the deed with her at least few times already. The newborn Our firstborn platy baby, with parents being Panda and most likely Morka - very curious how it (and other babies) will color up as they grow. Most likely will all be rehomed when they're bigger but the adventure of raising them and seeing them develop sounds really exciting. Besides, it's so cute! One of the surprise baby mollies can also be seen in the picture. Neon blue dwarf gourami Gary initially was very shy and would spend his days hiding behind plants in the corner of the tank. This sweet boy can spend hours swimming laps back and forth between airstone and sponge filter bubbles, getting pushed up and on his side by the stream. When he gets bored of that, he loves nibbling on my beautiful weeping moss I'm attempting to grow on the driftwood, to the point where top of driftwood is now nearly moss-free and there's loads of moss strands all over the tank. He also has been trained to come up to the finger and spit water at it to get food. In fact, he gets so excited to do it that he often forgets to actually eat the food and platies snipe it from him. Peppered corydoras The only fish species we had problems with. Initially we had five of them, there are only three remaining now. Our first cory seemed fine but he always had kind of larger and fully black eyes with no brown iris, as if he only had a large black pupil. After around a month he stopped eating and swimming. Not knowing what was the issue, I setup a quarantine tank and tried to treat him with anti-parasite and antibiotic meds. Antibiotics cleared up his eyes and the brown iris appeared, he started eating a little. At that point he was very weak though, and I literally had to nudge food right next to his mouth. Sadly he never recovered. The other cory showed no signs of illness and then just turned up dead last week - water parameters were fine, all other fish seem perfectly healthy. Still baffled by it and hoping other corydoras/fish will be fine. The remaining three corys (Chunk, Stumpy, and Ghostie) are happily sifting through sand, wiggling their little tails and resting on plants in weirdest positions. Stumpy (in the picture) is missing a fin, got him for free from PetSmart for being "defective". He seems to have no problems swimming with his cute little pirate hook of a fin 🙂 Albino bristlenose pleco Albie, the restless vacuum of the tank. Always eating, always pooping like crazy (I swear I have seen his poop twice his size still attached to him, wiggling as if it was a second tail) , and already at least doubled in size. Ember tetras Tiny fast orange sparkles, not named. Got a school of 12, it's fascinating to watch them zooming around the tank all together. Impossible to get a good picture of them though, haha. 6 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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