Native Keeper Posted February 1, 2022 Share Posted February 1, 2022 Hi everyone! I finally got my phone repaired, so I can finally provide photos and start this journal! Today I'll just give yall introductions on my current aquariums: 1. 10-gallon Gambusia affinis tank. This tank is only a couple months old. It holds 10 Gambusia affinis (1 certified male, 9 females/unsexed individuals) and Physella acuta that were introduced intentionally. When the tank was originally set up, there was also a species of Astacoidea, though this specimen quickly outgrew the tank and was moved to the 75 native tank, as well as what appeared the larva stage of some species of Anisoptera, though this dissapeared at some point. There was also what was likely a Lithobates clamitans tadpole, though this died after a week of introduction, likely not handling the change well. Originally, native plants of unknown classification were added, but it seems the tadpole had eaten all of them. After the rescape of my 15-gallon Fluval Flex, we had lots of leftover plants, believed to be Cryptocoryne. Some of these plants were introduced into the 10 gallon as an experiment to see if they could handle room temperature water. As of now, these plants have shown no signs of dying, tho I suspect that they are lacking certain minerals due to abnormal coloring of newer leaves. 2. 5-gallon fry tank. This tank originally was a temporary home of a male Plakat Betta splendens. Its recent purpose is to be a grow up tank for fish fry, mainly Gambusia affinis fry. Currently it is only home to some Physella acuta. There was also a colony Palaemonetes, but they slowly died out, which has led me to believe I'm simply not ready to keep shrimp just yet. The presumed Cryptocoryne was also addded here, but their growth was expected in this tank, since it does contain a heater. On the left is what was originally bought as a water dish for my Anaxyrus fowleri, but was repurposed as a place for shrimp food, making leftovers easier to clean. 3. 10-gallon quarantine tank This tank acts as a quarantine tank. Currently there is some sand in there, there used to be more, but I planned to take it out soon, as well as the decorations you see. The crocodile skull, as well as the black and white sand, is planned to be used in a 5 gallon I'm requiring soon, and I have yet to find a place for the skull cave, though I have considered keeping it for an Astyanax mexicanus or Astocoidea setup. 4. 29-gallon Lepomis megalotis tank. This tank was specifically set up for Poky, seen on the right. Poky is a Lepomis megalotis that I collected last year. I originally misidentified him as Lepomis humilis, a species I would love to have in my collection. After identifying him correctly, I still decided to keep him, since I had damaged his eye when I caught him, permanently blinding his left eye. I feel it would be cruel to release him back into the wild with such a disadvantage. He originally lived in the 75-gallon native tank, but was moved to 110-gallon trough, as well as a failed 25-gallon trough. This 29-gallon tank is planned to be temporary; I plan to get him a 40 gallon at some point once he out grows this tank, if he does. He currently shares this tank with an Ameiurus melas that was collected last year as well. Originally a species of Astocoidea was added, but it one day jumped out of the tank, and was moved back to the 75 where it originally lived. A Fundulus notatus that had survived a disaster in the 75-gallon native tank, had been moved to the 29, only to be attacked by one of the fish overnight, and died the next day. Pimephales promelas have been added as bacteria cycle starters as well as food for the inhabitants of the tank. Gambusia affinis have been added as food, since the Gambusia tank had begun to be overpopulated. Plants were originally added, but slowly died off; any surviving plants were transplanted to a seperate tank. My hope for this tank is to see Poky make nests in the sand that has been added for tha purpose. 5. 15-gallon Southeast Asian Biotope Fluval Flex This tank was originally owned by my mother, until disaster struck in the tank, and it was decided to redo it entirely. The tank's stocking isn't complete; currently only a shoal of Trigonostigma heteromorpha. One of the individuals is a survivor of the previous setup in this tank. Before they were added, Pimephales promelas were kept in the tank temporarily, since the tank they were going in didn't have a filter, and the filter was being shipped to the house. I plan to add some species of Cobitoidea to keep the tank clean, as well as some species of Anabantoidei. The plants all come from other tanks we have, and all seem to be doing well. The decoration seen on the right was a gift from my grandfather; I figured its coloration would fit with the color of the plants and substrate. Algae blooms have appeared but are being kept under control. My hope is to not let this hae the same fate as the initial setup of this Fluval Flex. 6. 75-gallon Native tank This is one of my oldest tanks still functioning today. It's supposed to be home to a female Lepomis macrochirus but has recently been a winter home to my group of Carassius auratus. Currently, it is home to aforementioned Carassius auratus, as well as 3 specimens of a species of Astocoidea. The plants you see have been added recently to fight the Ammonia spike that has recently occured, and has yet to go away. Once the Carassius auratus are moved back into the 110-gallon trough, it should die down. I have plans to add a Willow sapling to that tank for its roots. There is also an unidentified species of plant growing in the HOB filter. 7. 110-gallon trough. This tank acts as a tank for Carassius auratus that I rescue in the future. Currently, it's an absolute mess. The sponge filter doesn't filter the tank properly, leaving a large amount of waste on the bottom. I plan to get a cansiter filter for this tank soon, hopefully before Spring. The bluegill corrently resides here, though only temporarily. I am very ashamed of this tank and hope to fix it soon. Today I planned to clean the glass of the tanks, since after taking these photos, it's obvious that I need to do so. Thx in advance to anyone who decides to follow this topic! 3 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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