Discussion and for posting pics for anything fishy related, or not so fishy related - also includes inverts, plants, equipment etc. Mainly intended to be tropical freshwater but may as well include coldwater freshwater, tropical marine, coldwater marine (not many people keep those), brackish (or that). Aquarists get posting. Some of my pics to follow...
My current setup:
Fluval Spec V nano tank (19l/21l)
Sump filter media: sponge/foam, activated carbon or filter floss, BioMax rings
Sump filter water pump: 300lph
Newa VisiTherm Eco 50w heater (in the sump)
Added an air powered sponge filter other end of tank running on a tiny piezoelectric air pump
LED lighting (7.4w). White light + blue moonlight night time light (good)
4kg's Samoa sand (inert)
Sagittaria Subulata (eel grass)
Monosolenium tenerum (Pellia/sußwassertang) freshwater "seaweed"
Nymphoides hydrophylla 'Taiwan' (freebie)
Sera florenette root tablets
King British plant feed (contains iron)
The critters (subject to change ):
4 Poecilia wingei endlers (guppies). Was 5. Had a cute little baby one I was fond of go missing. Eaten by a crab?
8 (7 + 1 tiny freebie) Neocaridina (yellow ones) shrimps. Or there might be 8. Subject to being eaten by crabs.
5 Thai micro crabs
2 Brotia pogodula (Horned Armour Snails)
3(?) Rams horn snails(?) freebies/stowaways with the plants
3 Golden freshwater clams
Ammonia & nitrite: 0ppm (I hope)
GH: dunno don't test it
KH: 5 varies - messing around making my own DIY hardness buffer (I'll probably keep it at 4)
pH: 7.5-7.8 rises in the afternoon due to the plants (bit more stable now than it was before).
This is really interesting. I never realised keeping fish was so complicated
Nice pics though @masterluke ... I always think fish are therapeutic to watch but since I can’t keep houseplants alive it would be cruel to keep fish
@kath72 Yes it is very therapeutic/calming having an aquarium. It chills me out looking at the tank if I'm feeling a bit angry or stressed or something (I get anxiety). As you may have noticed I'm also interested in the technical side of things , and the water chemistry, well to an extent. It's not just about the fish for me, it's creating their environment, the decor, growing plants, the equipment running it and everything.
I love aquariums. The only reason I don't keep fish is because I move house a lot. Those are really nice pictures that have been posted here.
That's why I've bought a nano tank so it can be easily packed away for if (when) we move, and I'll have to try and keep the stocking levels low (although not sure how when I'm keeping guppies lol) so it wont be too much a headache bagging them up and putting them in polystyrene boxes. I haven't got the room for a big tank anyway.