dizzydirk Posted March 8, 2022 Share Posted March 8, 2022 Heyo...I haven't had a tank for 20+ years, but my kiddos (8 & 6) decided it was time. Started doing some research and found Aquarium Co-Op online & realized they were local to me. Brandon @ the store has been very helpful with all my questions. We picked up a used 125 gallon setup in January. Go big or go home...right? It was cycled & running when we grabbed it. Came with everything we needed: tank stand, FX4, 2 HOBs (tidal110 & aquaclear110), Hygger 800w heater, LED light, plants, wood, net...he even gave me a clean 5 gallon bucket! Added a bunch of fish and have been learning as we go. We ended up with 3 electric blue acaras, 3 jack dempseys, 6 odessa barbs, 5 roseline sharks, 2 german rams, 2 golden rams (female died), 1 redtail shark, 3 pimelodus pictus (F0), 1 Synodontis Piedratus, 2 bristlenose plecos, 1 other smaller pleco. If it was up to my son, we would only have plecos & catfish 🙂 Also added a bunch of live plants, more wood & a pile of dragonstone. I'm new to plants...so trying to figure out fertilizer & how much light is needed has been a struggle. Upgraded the lights to a pair of Fluval Plant 3.0s. Have been using the test strips from Aquarium Co-Op to monitor water. Issues so far: Noticed the Ph & buffer drop when I added the 2 new chunks of wood...trying some crushed coral in 1 HOB to see if that helps. The golden rams were trying to spawn, but the female suddenly died overnight. The next morning we noticed that one of the acaras had layed eggs on a plant...pic attached. Our first attempt at having pictus cats shipped in didn't work out with the cold snap we recently had...they didn't make it and my boy was crushed 😞 However, the 2nd attempt seems to have worked great...pic attached. The 3rd acara is being bullied around by the bigger male...not sure if it is sick yet, but it still eats & poops. Just super skinny...so hoping it pulls through...pic attached Having trouble finding a couple more Synodontis Piedratus...at least that is what it was labeled as. Anyone confirm from my attached pic? I have all kinds of newbie questions...any advice or tips are appreciated. Hoping this is the place to get info & learn! Bryan 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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