Glad to join the community! I fell into the world of fish-keeping about 4-5 years ago, when someone thought it would be clever to give me a couple of goldfish in a bowl as a gag gift. Big mistake - they died in under a week, and after scouring online to discover why, it was already too late. I also did enough research to want to give it a second try (with other fish).
I eventually got a 20-gallon tank off of craigslist, and stocked it with various compatible critters - never overstocking it. I have been and continue to be diligent with weekly partial water changes, but I was itching for a larger tank.
Now I've upgraded to a 40-gallon, with 8 rummy-nose tetras, a couple of otos, and a single Pakistani loach that survived a previous die-off from my 20-gallon days. My 40-gallon used to look great...it's halfway-planted with eco-complete on the right side and regular old gravel from my 20-gallon on the left side. There is a ray-2 led
light (24") along the 36" top, placed to the right-hand side to give my random plants some light. I liked the light/dark sides to the tank, and the cool effect it had. Until I ran into some problems...first, since my t5 HO
lights busted, I decided to go LED
, which was great until I got a massive algae outbreak
...and now my plants are growing algae on them, getting spotted, and filled with holes.
Checking out the forums on this site, it looks like I have a LOT to learn when it comes to the whole "planted tank."
All I've been using is flourish and flourish excel, but nothing in the way of NPK dosing or CO2
I also have a lot to learn about quarantining...my last two platys died within weeks of the introduction of the rummy-nose tetras. I thought water changes would solve my problems, but now I'm sold on the idea of quarantining whatever next batch of fish I end up buying.
So place me somewhere in the middle...I can definitely educate a newbie on the basics, but I have a ton to learn from everyone else!