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Old 07-01-2010, 03:18 AM   #1
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I have had a tank for 2 years now. Thnaks to some bad advice from the lfs, it has been an experiment in "which fish can survive".

I have a 20gal hexagonal tank (looks pretty, but not as useful as a regular tank). Filtration is from a hagen/fluval 205 canister (110 gph) and a marineland//penguin biowheel 200 (200 gph), so the tank is vastly over filtered (about 1x every 4 minutes). One big ol bubble disk powered by whisper 40.

Plastic planted aquarium, with quite a bit of java moss wrapped around the plastic plants. Provides pretty good hidey holes for the aquatic wildlife. I used to have a stone gravel base, (1" to 2" pebbles) but the food would get into the crannies and the cories could not reach it. So, I switched to a Tahitian Blak Moon sand. Everyone's soft parts seem to be fine on this substrate.

Current occupants:
5 blue tetras (bad idea, they are territorial in my small tank)
5 neon tetras
6 white cloud minnows
2 cory catfish
2 yellow apple snails (female)
1 blue apple snail (male)
1 brown mystery snail (probably male, growing much slower than the others)
25 +/- ghost shrimp

Since the tank is overstocked, I have to do a lot of water changes to keep the nitrate in check. But the fish seem happy, and the levels are pretty good. Usual water test results:
ph = 8.4+
total alkalinity (KH ppm) = 300+
total chlorine ppm = 0
Total Hardness (GH ppm) = 300+
Nitrite (NO-2 ppm) = 0
Nitrate (NO+3 ppm) = 20 to 40 (over 20 leads to a 10% water change)
can you guess that I use the quick dip tests

Water is really unsuitable for the tetras (I think they like hard water), but they have been healthy for 2 years, so I don't think it is too bad. My snails are really appy, and constantly mating, which makes me giggle. I have a video of this on youtube: YouTube - Apple snails mating with a little snail trying to get in on the action

Anyway, I figured it would be good to join and learn.
So, Hi!

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Old 07-01-2010, 08:16 AM   #2
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Old 07-01-2010, 08:27 AM   #3
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Welcome! Sounds like you're ripe for another tank. Just take one of your current filters and you can start another tank immediately! (We do our best to encourage the madness known as multiple tank syndrome. )
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my eyes.... snail porn....
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Old 07-03-2010, 03:56 AM   #7
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Originally Posted by mgamer20o0 View Post
my eyes.... snail porn....
I certainly did not mean to offend!

I keep my aquarium in my office.

It is a really nice break from work to see Chester (the molester) in hot pursuit of Goldie -it just cracks me up every time.

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