Nyssa Posted January 4, 2022 Share Posted January 4, 2022 I'm pretty new to the hobby, but also not really at the same time. I've kept goldfish and bettas before when I was younger, as I'm sure many of us have, in less than ideal conditions. This is my first real attempt at fish keeping. Initially I was too afraid to even start up on this hobby because of past experiences, and I was afraid that history was going to repeat itself. But luckily with the vast amount of information that I've gotten from Aquarium Co-op and other fishtubers, I've had nothing but success since I started up my first tank back in October. I started off by having my second-hand 55 gallon tank set up with just plants/easy green to get everything started and waited until I was growing algae to make my way down to my LFS. I went in expecting to build the tank from the bottom up by getting cory catfish and going from there. But when I walked in, I was immediately drawn to the platy tank and fell head over heels with their antics and personality. I just had to have them! Since then, they've popped out some fry, they're about three weeks old and a lot of them have survived thanks to the plant cover. I've also gotten two bristlenose plecos and 6 albino corys to really get the ecosystem going. This tank is lovingly called the goober tank, they're all so active and lively, they make me giddy like a little kid in a candy store 😄 It's really hard to get a picture of all of them at the same time, but here's three out of the four platys during feeding time. Also my water sprite is an absolute monster, I can't believe that this is the same plant that I ordered back in October LOL Only two weeks ago I also started up a new betta tank, the proper way this time. I got a 5 gallon starter kit, ordered some more plants/borrowed my monster water sprite from my other tank, and got some cutesy little decorations. Normally with a betta tank I would have just the floating betta log and a fake plant or two, so trying out a betta tank with live plants is super exciting to me. I found that the flow on the kit that I got was too strong, so I googled how to reduce the flow of an aquarium filter and was brought right to Girl Talks Fish, and borrowed the water bottle idea which has worked swimmingly 🙂 I ended up putting my old betta tank into storage after seeing how tiny it was, maybe I can use it as an emergency hospital tank in a pinch. But I wouldn't keep a fish in there long term again. Seeing how happy my little dude is in his new home makes me realize that they really thrive in bigger tanks. He has so much more room to swim and his personality is really starting to shine. I've been lurking for a while now, but I'm very happy to be here, and I'm looking forward to getting to know everyone! 9 3 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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