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Old 07-31-2014, 11:03 PM   #1
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First tanks? Wall of shame

Alright let's hear it. Your first tank experience, all the stupid things you did. The terrible combinations or stocking choices you thought might work or didn't think at all. Videos and pics welcome.


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Old 07-31-2014, 11:10 PM   #2
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I took about 20-30 random tetras and threw them in a 39 gallon after 3 days of running the filter...I also had a polypterus senegalus in there lol I started to read online more and ended up trading most of them back into an LFS (I actually got all the fish for free from my old work, long story)
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Old 07-31-2014, 11:13 PM   #3
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Old 07-31-2014, 11:15 PM   #4
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My first tank was a 10 gallon from petsmart, I had a tetra whisper 10i and no heater.. It had 3 mollies, 4 platies, some tetras, and a CAE/SAE. They kept dying, i replaced them until the tank cracked and I gave the fish away. Then I did research and got my 27G cube, everything has been great.
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Old 07-31-2014, 11:39 PM   #5
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29 gallon with about 15 Africans all selected by the different colors including a hap and a front that was beating the daylights out of everything else in the tank. found this site and returned everything. found a 75 and my severums and never looked at Africans again. Except for my multis.
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Old 08-01-2014, 12:24 AM   #6
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Alright I'll spill it, before I knew anything I had a 10 and a 30. Ten gallon had lots of Goldfish (Comets and Koi, I know I'm sorry) and the thirty had a BGKF, Polypterus Delhezi and 3 Bala Sharks and a Royal Pleco. Yes I know I'm so very sorry world. Now I know much more than back then and even though I believe if you learn from your mistakes there's nothing to be ashamed of but I can't help but feel bad for all those fish. I ended up rehoming basically every fish listed except the Goldies and the Bichir. This website saved me and I ended up doing lots of research and I realize the massive mistakes I've made.


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Old 08-01-2014, 03:07 AM   #7
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I still make massive mistakes, good thing you all are here to reel me in xD! Click image for larger version

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I actually just re'scaped it today which is why the water is cloudy and the plants aren't in the best of shape, excited to say I've gotten two red lotus plants out of one bulb so far and had very little deaths involving water parameters!
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Old 08-01-2014, 05:13 AM   #8
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*hangs head in shame* When I was just starting out I had a 10 gallon with like 8 fancy goldfish.
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Old 08-01-2014, 05:20 AM   #9
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I had a planted 10G with 12 Neons, 2 Platies, 1 Swordtail, 2 Serpae and 5 Cherry Barbs...

Surprisingly not ALL of them died...


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Old 08-01-2014, 07:39 AM   #10
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27G - I had previous experience from 20 years before so started sensibly with tetras, live bearers, corys etc but soon started over stocking dramatically trading guppies and replacing with Angelfish etc, bought another 20 gallon to put some in etc.
3 biggest mistake buys which the books and internet sites got wrong were;
Badis - only eat live food so ended up wiping out about 3 small cardinals and 6 small hatchets within a week or so, for something to eat.
SA Bumblebee Catfish - It really is a freak of nature what they can fit in their mouth.
Female Siamese Fighter - I had 3 in a community peaceful set up and one went berserk, killing Neons,lemon tetras and a variety of others.

My original tank from 1988 when I was 13 started with (as recommended by the LFS) 3 Tiger Barbs, 2 Angelfish, 2 Firemouths, 2 Bala Shark. This is a tank of roughly 40 gallons. I still occasionally use the place, it's the same guy too but I rarely ask his opinion, funnily enough!



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