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Felt like I was posting a lot on a bunch of threads about my tank so figured I'd start a journal!

I started my first tank back in December last year. It was something I had been thinking of doing for a while, but didn't feel like I had the space to grow it out until we moved into our current place late last year. Anyways! Skip forward a few months and I've now got a 40 gallon breeder tank that houses my community! I'm definitely still feeling out what I like in a tank so it's already gone through a couple of iterations.

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I've struggled the most with keeping plants. For whatever reason, that hasn't come to me as easily as I was hoping. And I've definitely gone through my share of newbie mistakes like overfeeding. I'm in the process of managing the amount of tiny snails that are currently crawling all over things by dialing down my feeding regimen.

Anyways! Figured I could condense most of my nonsense into one location. I'll do a roll call of all the little buddies in the tank in my next post!

 

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In order of appearance:

Roman 👹 - Plakat Betta
The boy that got it all going. I lucked out big time with this guy. He's incredibly mellow and easy going. He's just interested in prowling his kingdom and jumping at fingers for food. Super curious guy, loves attention. Total camera hog. Definitely the tank boss.

Team Tetra - Green Neon Tetras
There's 6 of these goobers right now. I'm pretty sure they all share the same brain cell. A little dumb, but very pretty. Impossible to photograph.

Cory Gang - Panda Corydoras
There are 10 of these lovely beings in the tank right now. They sleep in cuddle piles under the driftwood (the "Cory Clubhouse") when they aren't hoovering along the bottom of the tank, wagging their little tails in the air. Shy, but playful. Unproblematic cuties.

The Boys - Harlequin Rasboras
Currently a group of 9. Rowdy. Seem to cause problems on purpose. There's a high probability of there being a couple ladies in this group, but they have teenage boy vibes.

Peach 🍑 - Super Red Bristlenose Pleco
Total sweetheart. Can do no wrong. Hardest working being in the tank. Small right now, but will eventually be the biggest fish in the tank when she is full grown. We love her.

Shramps - Amano Shrimp
3 live in the tank right now. Good at cleaning algae, terrible manners at dinner time. They are constantly stealing entire waffers from the other fish for themselves. Weird me out a bit. Too many legs. Hang upside down on the floating plants.

Bruce 🌪 - Panda Garra
Chaos incarnate. Hangs with the cories a lot. Big, clumbsy doofus. Himbo energy. 

Bea 🐝 and Lemon 🍋  - Female Sunset Honey Gourami
Little sweeties. Bea is the more shy of the two. Lemon has a dorsal fin deformity but is pretty out going. Lots of slap fights. Must touch everything.

Hannibal, Clarice, and Third Wheel - Assassin Snails
Hannibal was the first. I then introduced two more. He and Clarice immediately started mating, leaving the third snail out in the cold. Hence their names...

 

 

 

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Added an air stone to the tank as an experiment to see how the fish felt about it. Bruce loves it. I wish I got better video of him zipping back and forth through it after he first discovered it. 

https://www.instagram.com/tv/CdzH7IGDeF1/?igshid=YmMyMTA2M2Y=
 

Bea was being very judgmental about the whole thing. 👁n👁
 

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Today was bottom dwellers day for feeding. I always love watching all the cories pour out of their Clubhouse. Roman supervises and Bruce is obnoxious as always.

Highlights:
- Bruce’s poor attempt at being stealthy with his approach over the rock on the left.
- Bea flailing at Roman

https://www.instagram.com/tv/Cd6ZnbwD9bF/?igshid=YmMyMTA2M2Y=

 

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Said goodbye to my girl Lemon the other night… she never responded to treatment and started to decline quickly in the last couple of days. I can’t thank @Coluenough for their help and guidance. I just wish there was happier ending for her. 

I decided to let her go before she became completely miserable. It was doubly tough as this was my first experience with having such an ill fish and needing to humanely euthanize… it was hard and I hated it. I buried her in our garden, next to the small pond. I hope I did right by her. 

Lemon wasn’t with me long and I’m terribly sad for that but she sure as heck taught me a lot.

She was a fighter and such a personable little fish. She is missed. 
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My project for the long weekend was organizing my new setup after having moved everyone over to tank 3.0. 

I keep my tank in my office so space is a bit of a commodity. While I loved the look of my 40g breeder, its footprint was not optimal for the space. Thanks to @Guppysnail‘s suggestion to contact the Aquarium Masters manufacturer through their website, I was able to get my hands on one of their standard 38g tanks at a local retailer. 
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Once the tank was set up, I worked to get the cabinet organized and I’m pretty happy with the results. Command strips really do work wonders. My “big brain” moment was adding the cabinet light.

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