I'm Rob from Miami, Just got back on the hobby a few weeks ago after taking an 8 year hiatus (life happens). I really enjoy it, hence after just a few weeks in, I have established a strong opinion that MTS (Multiple Tank Syndrome) should have it's own diagnostic code. lol
I currently have 4 freshwater tanks:
Red Cherry Shrimp tank 4 females, 1 male and 1 Blue cherry female(preggo).
Fry tank and 5 Celestial Pearl Danios
Guppy tank 2 Albino Tequila Sunrise, 2 Blue, 1 albino orange, 1 orange, 12 guppy females, 3 nerites and 2 Koi Angels - Half Dollar size (Don't worry they are guest and docile for now, it's a temporary arrangement)
with with an Albino Sunshine Peakock, an Orange Zebra Peacock and a Bristlenose Pleco.
The 55 Gal
was a deal I got from craigslist, Apparently the owner had the best intentions but did not have the basic understanding of the hobby. I figure it out when he offered the ASP and OZP mentioned above for free because he didn't have a tank to home them. He gave them to me in a small plastic bag that had the dirtiest aquarium water I've seen. you could not see the occupants, I found out what they were after I was able to place them in the tank.
But what really gave it away was that he gave me everything including a working filter, but he had thrown away the filter cartridge because "it was dirty"
So I took the set up and put it together in my living room. Checking the water quality very often since I don't think there's enough bacteria and might cycle. I might be wrong, I'm no expert just done this enough to have picked up on a few things. Anyways used sand for substrate and bought some rocks from a local rock garden now it looks great and more fitting for cichlids.
So far everything is fine in the 55, 10 and 5 gal
, the 26 had a bacterial bloom a few days ago and my Ph has crashed twice since then, I've been able to balance it with water changes, baking soda and a little amount of salt (planted aquarium). That stabilized it but I'm still not sure what caused the Ph to crash, would appreciate any advice. I had a piece of driftwood in there because my tap water comes a slightly alkaline but it was the first thing I removed. It also has been there since the tank was set up and never caused the crash.
Again, any suggestions are always welcomed. Looking forward to learning from the community and contributing when I can.
I'll include some cell pics and a slow mo video of one of my RCS