DaniV Posted December 1, 2022 Share Posted December 1, 2022 I blame Youtube suggestions for bringing me to aquarium videos. After seeing some cool tanks, fish, and all the cool things you can do in the hobby, I decided to give it a shot! I initially wanted to start small, a 5 or 10 gallon, but after going through some fish stores to see what was available, I was like "I wanna have more fish!" So I bought a 20 gallon column hex tank cause it looked cool, a starter kit from Petsmart, so the tank came with a heater, thermometer, hang off filter, and net. I then went and got a testing kit, an air pump, air stone, water conditioner, bacteria starter, and various plants from Petsmart, while I got gravel, a piece of driftwood, and rocks from a different LFS. I ended up buying some Easy Green from ACO at a later date to help my plants out. I was unaware of a fishless cycle, so I went with the fish-in route, and I bought 3 Dalmatian Mollies to start. 1 male, 2 females. I love these little guys, they have been very tolerant of the cycling and my bumbling! Sadly, this is when I made my first major mistake. I initially wanted to just keep the 3 Mollies until the cycling was over before I added more fish, but my dad convinced me to get more. He had aquariums for years in the past, but he just threw fish in, water parameters be damned. I had thought getting some bottom dwellers would be a good next fish to start, so I grabbed 6 Corydoras. Big mistake! One by one throughout the remainder of the cycle, they died. My dad is convinced I was sold bad fish and they starved to death, but my gut (and testing results) tell me it's because I had rising nitrites. I tried my luck again and bought 3 Swordtails, again 1 male and 2 females. And they're juveniles cause the male's sword tail is just a little nub right now, so that'll be fun to see grow! Fortunately, these guys have been holding on just like the Mollies, and everyone is getting along no problem! The Swordtails tend to stay near the bottom and middle, while the Mollies just go wherever they want. After losing my last Cory, that was when my tests showed 0 ammonia and 0 nitrites. I've been testing every 2-3 days, and today was the 3rd test in a row that showed that it's on the other side! I've been gathering everything I need to make a quarantine tank so I don't make the same mistake with the Corys (my dad thinks I'm going overboard and wasting money with all these extra steps. love the man, but he can be stubborn!). Got a tub, a little heater, a sponge filter that's being seeded in the main tank, the med trio, a clean new net, and some PVC pipe pieces for hiding spots. All I gotta do is cut into the lid for all the wires and tubing. I want to get everything together and ready to go before I fetch my next fish; possibly set up the tank this coming Saturday, have it run and settle a few days and get the fish on Tuesday when I'm off work. But I'm excited to have survived the first month with this tank! Here's to a good next month! Ze tank! The results of the water testing throughout the first month! 3 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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