My name is Rob. I had fish at age 10 in my room with a 10 gallon tank. Not long after I had a 20 long, 55, and another 10. I usually raised live breeding fish. I wasn't very knowledgeable but tried my best and was getting to be decent at it with maybe losing a fish once or twice in a 6 month period. Once I was 16 my focus turned to the opposite sex and my tanks were disassembled and sold. Well fast forward to now and I have a teenager, a toddler, and one that is half way to one.
I now own a 29 gallon planted tank and a 10 gallon planted tank. The 29 is in the dining room with 4 black mollies, 5 platys, 3 glow tetras (don't like them personally little daughter wanted them), a plecostomus, 3 masked cory cats. I currently use pool filter sand as substrate and it seems to be working well. My plants look a bit scraggly but since I have been adding fertilizer they are starting to green up and grow. I just added a new LED
light and give the tank 13 hours of light The 29 is filtered by a bio wheel 330 with a sponge over the intake tube. I have been trying my hand at driftwood and seem to keep turning the water a nice tea color. I have boiled the Mopani wood three times and prior to that I had it soak for 5 days changing the water twice a day. Still looks like the Boston Tea Party.
The 10 gallon has 4 platys, 2 pepper cory cats, and a small plecostomus. I have not put driftwood in this tank..... yet. It is filtered by a Biowheel 170 with a sponge over the intake tube. It has a fluorescent fixture.
I always liked watching my fish but knowing my little ones get to watch them and assist feeding them makes it nice. Since starting my tanks in 2015 I lost 2 mollies and 2 platys. I believe they were sick. They were skinny with wobbling swimming and died in less than 24 hours.