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Hi, 

Found the forum through YouTube. I've only been into aquariums a couple of weeks. Still working on building my first planted aquarium. Right now I have a 3 gallon tank with a single betta and artificial plants. But I'm slowly getting all the materials together for a 5 gallon tank I have. Once I have that dialed in I want to try a 10 or 20 gallon tank. 

I stumbled onto Takashi Amano's stuff on youtube and it really hit me hard so I guess that's what started the interest in planted tanks. 

Was pretty happy with the 3 gallon setup on my desk with my betta fish (named Floyd), but after discovering Takashi and planted tanks I'm really excited to try building my own. 

Here's my desk-mate/work-partner, Floyd.   (as in Pretty Boy Floyd, because he's a pretty boy.) 

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I'm glad I found this forum and I look forward to learning more. 

 

-KK-

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On 11/22/2022 at 1:38 AM, Schuyler said:

Welcome!

It's that 5 gallon a replacement or are you developing multi tank syndrome already?

Any specific type of scape you're thinking about doing?

When I got Floyd I bought a 1.5 gallon but within a day or two I thought he needed something bigger (that would still fit on my desk) so I got the 3 gallon which seems ok for now.

I got 5 gallon because I want to try making an aquascape with plants and soil. If it goes well I want to try a 10 or 20 gallon.

I’m finding the idea of an ecosystem in a box sort of amazing.

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On 11/21/2022 at 2:57 PM, Kamen_Kaiju said:

Hi, 

Found the forum through YouTube. I've only been into aquariums a couple of weeks. Still working on building my first planted aquarium. Right now I have a 3 gallon tank with a single betta and artificial plants. But I'm slowly getting all the materials together for a 5 gallon tank I have. Once I have that dialed in I want to try a 10 or 20 gallon tank. 

I stumbled onto Takashi Amano's stuff on youtube and it really hit me hard so I guess that's what started the interest in planted tanks. 

Was pretty happy with the 3 gallon setup on my desk with my betta fish (named Floyd), but after discovering Takashi and planted tanks I'm really excited to try building my own. 

Here's my desk-mate/work-partner, Floyd.   (as in Pretty Boy Floyd, because he's a pretty boy.) 

image.jpeg.48693c2908fe1fdabc6b0e3950f2d6d7.jpeg

 

image.jpeg.2dca7c4839e0917e669e6895a74a261b.jpeg

 

I'm glad I found this forum and I look forward to learning more. 

 

-KK-

welcome!!
 

I understand starting with a small tank (I was going to start with like a one gallon but my parents decided to buy a 20 gallon because it was almost the same price) but it definitely is easier to keep larger tanks (although my 5 gallon betta tank has never had any problems)

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yeah even now I'm sort of regretting the 3 gallon tank I got. The pump is too strong and makes too much current through the tank. After watching the fish for a couple days I just unplugged the pump and filter. 

Removing it will be a PITA because the way the tank is designed is honestly sort of stupid and you have to feed the pump up through the bottom of the lid/rim. 

Not sure why they'd have such a strong pump for a small tank. 

Hopefully once I get the planted tank put together and running I'll put the Betta fish in that one. 

Eventually I want to have a couple snails, some shrimp, and maybe some Tetra or something too. ... but by then I'll probably want an even larger tank. 

Pretty disappointed with this tank now and what I paid as I see it's just not going to work. This is the one...

Amazon.com : PONDON Fish Tank, 3 Gallon Glass Aquarium, 3 in 1 Fish Tank with Filter and Light, Desktop Small Fish Tank for Betta Fish, Shrimp, Goldfish (Black, 3Gallon) : Pet Supplies

Maybe I can use it for plants or something like a terrarium once I move the fish out of it.  

Also learning you can't just buy a bunch of plants and plant them. The youtube videos make it look pretty easy: gravel, soil, sandcap, hardscape, plants. 

So I bought a bunch of plants. But now I'm seeing you have to quarantine all the plants and I'm trying to figure out how to keep all these plants alive. In the YouTube vids the guy just rips open cups of plants and plants them all right away. 

Interesting journey so far. Hoping I can find something local (besides Petco) where I can go to buy things instead of getting everything online. 

Got some red-root floaters in yesterday and a third are dead, another third are grey and smell awful, and the last third I think might be ok. Ordering plants online is tricky I guess. 

But I have hope things will work out despite setbacks. And I'm enjoying learning a new hobby. 

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On 11/22/2022 at 8:28 AM, Kamen_Kaiju said:

yeah even now I'm sort of regretting the 3 gallon tank I got. The pump is too strong and makes too much current through the tank. After watching the fish for a couple days I just unplugged the pump and filter. 

 

Can you direct the flow up towards the surface and/or the glass? Sometimes that helps baffle the flow

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On 11/22/2022 at 11:28 AM, Kamen_Kaiju said:

yeah even now I'm sort of regretting the 3 gallon tank I got. The pump is too strong and makes too much current through the tank. After watching the fish for a couple days I just unplugged the pump and filter. 

Removing it will be a PITA because the way the tank is designed is honestly sort of stupid and you have to feed the pump up through the bottom of the lid/rim. 

Not sure why they'd have such a strong pump for a small tank. 

Hopefully once I get the planted tank put together and running I'll put the Betta fish in that one. 

Eventually I want to have a couple snails, some shrimp, and maybe some Tetra or something too. ... but by then I'll probably want an even larger tank. 

Pretty disappointed with this tank now and what I paid as I see it's just not going to work. This is the one...

Amazon.com : PONDON Fish Tank, 3 Gallon Glass Aquarium, 3 in 1 Fish Tank with Filter and Light, Desktop Small Fish Tank for Betta Fish, Shrimp, Goldfish (Black, 3Gallon) : Pet Supplies

Maybe I can use it for plants or something like a terrarium once I move the fish out of it.  

Also learning you can't just buy a bunch of plants and plant them. The youtube videos make it look pretty easy: gravel, soil, sandcap, hardscape, plants. 

So I bought a bunch of plants. But now I'm seeing you have to quarantine all the plants and I'm trying to figure out how to keep all these plants alive. In the YouTube vids the guy just rips open cups of plants and plants them all right away. 

Interesting journey so far. Hoping I can find something local (besides Petco) where I can go to buy things instead of getting everything online. 

Got some red-root floaters in yesterday and a third are dead, another third are grey and smell awful, and the last third I think might be ok. Ordering plants online is tricky I guess. 

But I have hope things will work out despite setbacks. And I'm enjoying learning a new hobby. 

I looked at the amazon link and $60 for a 3 gallon!!! It better have the best filtration in the world for that price! 

On 11/24/2022 at 11:11 AM, Kamen_Kaiju said:

yeah I was looking at a 30 gallon tank online earlier before I remembered stores are closed today. 

I need to calm down, lol. 

if you have a thrift store near you you can find tanks for cheap some times (usually nothing big though) petco has the dollar per gallon sale and petco/ petsmart currently has 50% off on all tanks

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yeah I hear ya. it looks nice and I like that the front corners are rounded edges but it was kind of a rip off. The lid and light (and tank) are nice but the filter is a bit much for this tank. I've decided to just run it an hour or two a day to clean the water and move it around. 

 

Just bought a 29 Gallon (black friday sale) and bought a filter, heater and light separately. It's my first big tank, pretty excited. 

I got the 5 gallon set up yesterday before cooking dinner (was a very busy day!)

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Going to get some more plants in it. Then the 29 gallon for now is just going to be plants until I decide what to do with it. 

Mostly I got it because it was on sale for around $30. Which I didn't want to pass up. 

 

Then I think I'll rotate the fish. Right now my kids have my first 1.5 gallon tank and they got a betta for it, and my betta is in the 3 gallon on my desk. I think I'll move the 3 gallon downstairs and put my kids fish in the bigger tank. Keep the 1.5 for emergencies or quarantines or something. Put my betta in the 5 gallon tank,.. and I'll decide what to do with the big 29 gallon planted tank. 

Maybe some tetras and shrimps would be cool. I really want to get sort of an eco-system going in a big tank as that is what inspired me to try this hobby in the first place. Seeing some of the amazing planted eco-system tanks on youtube. 

..plus the really cool Takashi Amano photos. 

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