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Old 12-24-2016, 01:02 PM   #1
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29 bowfront from goldfish to my pride and joy

A couple of year ago, my dad gave my kids a pair of goldfish in an old 20gallon. In 2015, hubby bought me this tank as a replacement for the 20g that they had outgrown.... in august they went into a pond and I was free to play with my new tank. Here is my picture story
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The first thing I tried were zebra danios, but I had (gender imbalances in the school)aggression issues and gave up after they killed a little glofish that my son had added in. My first plant was a wisteria, whose roots rotted....but it has recovered ok

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Then, I decided to go for a natural look with pool filter sand. Of course being new to this I destroyed my cycle, but it's back now lol. After a month or two of algae issues the tank is again established. At this point I decided that I would house wcmm

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Backing added courtesy of an entire ink cartridge lol
Now I have neon tetras as well and still redecorating towards the natural theme
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I tried growing spider plants out the top but they didn't like the water motion lol
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ID:	292262I was so excited to buy this hill stream loach on dec 5....but apparently I didn't have enough algae...or oxygen...or something. In spite of buying a slate so she could hang in the current, a bubble wall to oxygenate the water...she died 5 days later
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Old 12-24-2016, 01:08 PM   #2
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Today I renovated a little to accommodate current stock

I now house a baby bn pleco, which the store gave me to replace the loach, and my daughter's Betta because she bored of itClick image for larger version

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The Betta seems to love getting into tight spaces, which concerned me the way I had the slate laid upward for the loach.....so I created a cave complex for him. It's right near the heater too so I imagine the rocks will warm up a bit
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Thanks for sharing the journey so far. The tank is looking nice.

The Hillstream Loaches are very beautiful, they like a mature tank and biofilm on the sides with lots of flow & air as it seems you know already. But the BN is probably better suited as the size of the tank is a little too small, even though they don't get too big, like a large grazing area.

Kids DO tend to get bored of things, especially if they have to clean out the enclosure!
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Yes I had meant to get a bn the first trip out to the store, and I let my lack of experience combined with the beauty of the loach distract me

I have the 38 bow front that will be needing a bottom feeder too, so I will upgrade the bn to that as it gets bigger.

I'm still trying to decide between a rubber lip or a half dozen corycats as the permanent bottom residents of this tank
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My vote 1000% to be a group of Cories!!! Just make a selection of a color of Cory which is easily seen on your substrate, not Albino on white sand. Or Green/Bronze Cory on natural tan sand, lol.

You could even consider a dozen Habrosus, Dwarf Cories or the Pygmy Cory which are more available/ easy to find at local shops.
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Yes, I like cories too. They come in so many colours, I suspect that they will be a whim purchase....that day when I walk into big Als and say "that's the one" lol

I'd love to show off the bn pleco, its colour is of a pattern that I haven't seen before....but it's slightly skittish and I haven't found its favourite veggie yet
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Yes, I like cories too. They come in so many colours, I suspect that they will be a whim purchase....that day when I walk into big Als and say "that's the one" lol

I'd love to show off the bn pleco, its colour is of a pattern that I haven't seen before....but it's slightly skittish and I haven't found its favourite veggie yet
Having a "plan" of getting them when the getting is good, is fine. Sometimes there may be a sale or look extra healthy. And you will know when to strike!

Whenever you get the Pleco to come out and get a pic - just get it so you can show off!
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lol if only there weren't so many hiding places

Last time (s)he came out, I ran for my phone to find I'd missed my shot lol.....was just enough inside the caves that I couldn't get a picture showing the markings

I haven't seen it since, so I assume it's behind the big rock, living off algae
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What a pretty tank it's turning out to be! Thanks for sharing your journey. I really like what you did with all your rocks: the cave, the larger supporting rocks, and the pebbles in the corners and edges.

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Funny story, I chose three adorable panda corys for my tank and their marking blend in SO WELL with my substrate that I lose track of them constantly. Oops! Haha.
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Thanks, I was going for a natural look, but didn't have a plan...it just sort of evolved

I was looking at pandas myself

What substrate do you have?
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