Hi my name is Patrick Riley and I am attending the University of Cincinnati and studying electronic media. I recently got into keeping fish. Growing up I had a few tanks but never really understood how to keep fish. When I was 7 my parents bought me a 10gallon tank and is just filled it up with tap water never conditioned it and was able to keep a fish for 1 1/2 years. It was a sad day for me when it died .
Over the past few months I have put probably 250$ + into a fish tank. I bought a marine land led
20 gallon starter tank and then an air pump and a new heater with an auto shut off. Plus I had some stuff I bought for a little 1.77 gallon tank that my sister gave me I bought a tetra wisper small filter for that. But that tank is empty now.
So far I had 2 platys in that 1.77 gallon tank " this was about a month ago" and ofcoarse I lost 1 of them. Just over a week ago I bought the 20 gallon marineland tank to move my surviving platy into. It wasn't untill last night that I actually moved him into the 20 gallon tank.
Last week a few days after having the tank running I bought 4 longfin zebra danios and one died while I was in Vegas despite my girlfriend Feeding them. So now I have 3 longfin zebra danios and 1 comet platy "who I have named pikachu" Pikachu has lost alot of color probably because of high levels of toxins from the small tank.
Here is what my 20 gallon tank looks like right now . I may return my water mill and exchange for the smaller one as this takes up alot of room. I would like to have more fish than just 5 or 6. I know the zebras need like 5 to be happy and that would leave me going over my limit including my platty. I was wanting to add some sort of algae eater and some ghost shrimp too.
When I returned from Vegas aside from losing a long fin zebra I noticed one of them picked up a seriously different yellow tint? Any ideas?
The only problem I have with this tank is the bio wheel filter that came with it. It hardly picks up any debris. I watch pieces of food just float right on past the intake within an inch and not even be pulled in? Is that normal?
Is my decoration to big and obstructing my filter intake? I mean the thing hardly pulls in debris anyway so I'm not sure how much it really matters.