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Old 07-29-2021, 04:20 AM   #1
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Hello everyone!

Today I'm going to show you what I'm up to in the hobby. First up is my 33 gallon bowfront. In the attached images, the tank light is on only for the purpose of photography. In any other case, I allow the sun to light the tank up. This causes spot algae, but I encourage to treat it as any plant when in controllable numbers.

There are trumpet snails everywhere and I welcome them because they eat general debris and aerate the sand. I never vacuum the sand. The colony is enormous.

The plants are a species of cryptocoryne, however I haven't figured out what exact species. They're a burgundy colour, which is to be expected from crypts. They're planted in a fine sand substrate, so they likely rely on the numerous snails for aeration. I feed root tabs once a month, but I'm contemplating I'd I should go for once every two months, or perhaps never.

A single Fluval 307 is used as the filter. In terms of maintenance, I do 50% weekly water changes and sometimes filter clean outs, although the filter cleanouts are infrequent because it's unnecessary to do them often. I'm treating with Seachem Prime, provided my tap water is chlorinated.

The KH of my tap water is 13⁰, however it's 11⁰ in the tank. Thick calcium buildups occur by the surface and at the base of the tank. The tank is low tech and has no CO2 injection.

Parameters:
NO3- 20mg/L
pH- 7.5
KH- 11⁰
Temp- 24⁰C
RO- 0%

Stocking:
-Harlequin rasboras
-Platies
-Cherry barbs
-Corydoras paleatus
-Corydoras sterbai
-Kuhli loaches
-BN pleco
-Amano shrimp
-Bamboo shrimp
-Malaysian trumpet snails
-Cryptocorynes

I'm still learning about this place, so hopefully the attached images show. Enjoy.
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Old 07-29-2021, 10:51 AM   #2
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Next up is my 70 gallon. It's a long story as to why the stocking is so diverse and maybe a little impractical. I have plans to rehome the red rainbow and stock up on the other rainbows. Apart from the single red fish, this aquarium is peaceful.

No plants, but I'd like to get some undemanding rhizome plants on the wood. Not comfortable with root feeders because the substrate has anaerobic pockets. There used to be a huge colony of detritus worms, but for unknown reasons, it is long gone.

50% weekly water changes are done on this tank. It runs two Fluval 407s, one containing only sponge and the other containing only ceramic rings.

I'm having to use a tank light to light this tank up. It's a Fluval Aquasky 990mm, which is controlled by an app and is set on an automatic timer. The other tank uses sunlight as it's automated timer, however this tank is in a corner where sunlight doesn't easily penetrate.

Parameters:
NO3- 20mg/L
pH- 7.5
KH- 11⁰
Temp- 24⁰C
RO- 0%

Stocking:
-Red rainbowfish
-Yellow (Australian) rainbowfish
-Boesemani rainbowfish
-Turquoise rainbowfish
-Rainbow cichlids
-P. Scalare angelfish
-Geophagus steindachneri
-Royal pleco (ambiguous as to what L number, but is eight inches long and five years old, so fully grown)

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