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Old 05-31-2015, 01:01 PM   #1
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Your first tank

So what was you guys' first tank? How long ago was that (and pictures if you gave em). If you still have it, how has it evolved? How much have you learned since then?

Heres mine; my 10g community when I was 18

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Old 05-31-2015, 01:03 PM   #2
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And here it is now - 2 years later - a betta tank
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Old 05-31-2015, 04:09 PM   #3
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My first tank was a 29 gallon in 1994. Undergravel filter, black mollies and a common pleco. The internet barely existed at the time so everything I learned was from books and other aquarists, and I knew nothing about fishless cycling. Amazingly, the mollies and pleco lived through a fish-in cycle and survived for many years although I now realize the pleco's growth was stunted.


Tank is still in use (but I now have 7 more!) and is a lowlight, planted tank with sand substrate, a bristlenose pleco and school of julii cories. No more undergravel filter though!
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A 26 gallon bowfront when I was 9. Still holds water! Took it down when I left for college. But before I left it had cherry barbs and ram cichlids! Someday I'm going to bring it back up here and do something cool with it.
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first aquarium(not goldfish bowl) was a 29g meta frame slate bottom in 1977.
First aquarium(for fish) in my own living arrangement( second floor apartment)1985
was a 6' 100g on an angle iron stand!(even then safe enough to have 6x6 inch diamond plate steel cut for under feet with carpet added{the math still scares me}).
Can't remember much besides guppies and livebearers for the 29.
The 100 had all the fish I was not supposed too!
Snakehead,arrowanna ,pacu(red and black) clown knife, stingray and of course over all my years of fish keeping....clown loaches!
200 LARGE goldfish a week for a year and never lost one clown!!For real!
All the big fish got traded back in!
The arrowanna is still one of my favorite fish I will probably never keep again.
I do still however have 11 clown loaches in my 180gallon DT(display tank) that are between 10-15 years old!
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first aquarium(not goldfish bowl) was a 29g meta frame slate bottom in 1977.
First aquarium(for fish) in my own living arrangement( second floor apartment)1985
was a 6' 100g on an angle iron stand!(even then safe enough to have 6x6 inch diamond plate steel cut for under feet with carpet added{the math still scares me}).
Can't remember much besides guppies and livebearers for the 29.
The 100 had all the fish I was not supposed too!
Snakehead,arrowanna ,pacu(red and black) clown knife, stingray and of course over all my years of fish keeping....clown loaches!
200 LARGE goldfish a week for a year and never lost one clown!!For real!
All the big fish got traded back in!
The arrowanna is still one of my favorite fish I will probably never keep again.
I do still however have 11 clown loaches in my 180gallon DT(display tank) that are between 10-15 years old!
I want to see all of those clowns, I need pictures. You're describing my dream tank
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first aquarium(not goldfish bowl) was a 29g meta frame slate bottom in 1977.
First aquarium(for fish) in my own living arrangement( second floor apartment)1985
was a 6' 100g on an angle iron stand!(even then safe enough to have 6x6 inch diamond plate steel cut for under feet with carpet added{the math still scares me}).
Can't remember much besides guppies and livebearers for the 29.
The 100 had all the fish I was not supposed too!
Snakehead,arrowanna ,pacu(red and black) clown knife, stingray and of course over all my years of fish keeping....clown loaches!
200 LARGE goldfish a week for a year and never lost one clown!!For real!
All the big fish got traded back in!
The arrowanna is still one of my favorite fish I will probably never keep again.
I do still however have 11 clown loaches in my 180gallon DT(display tank) that are between 10-15 years old!
That big of a tank in an apartment was brave hahaha. I like hearing all the stories of older tanks back in the day, since technology has changed drastically (no LEDs or digital controllers or the like), especially being a relatively new fish keeper myself
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Maybe Fresh2o will.post my firstish for me.. can't find it on my phone..

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My first tank was an eclipse 6 gallon bowfront from when I was 4. I raised guppies in it and remember giving some away to other family members. Since then I started doing more natural planted tanks.
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Mine was actually just 2 years ago. I went through a fish in cycle with 2 Julie Cory catfish and one peppered Cory. Surprisingly they all made it through. The 10 gallon they were in is actually a land hermit crab tank now, the hermit crabs old tank had a crack in the bottom and so once the fish were in a 16 (my current tank) I used the 10 for crabs�� Don't have pictures and I am kinda glad because it was the most sort excuse for an aquarium you would have ever seen. But yeah that was my first tank.
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