Let's just try this again... 65 gallon redo.
I was lucky enough to get a 65 gallon aquarium for Christmas, thanks to some wonderful parents, and it was up by January. Wanting a planted tank, I gave it a dirt substrate... Which was a mistake.
Just recently, the tank suddenly started smelling like a cesspool and most of my small fish were dead. Apparently, the dirt (organic compost from a garden center) had manure in it, which had decayed, releasing toxic gases that killed off most of my dwarf cories, pygmy cories, and pencilfish. The dirt has been removed and replaced with slightly under 3" of black aquarium sand, and I'm planning to get this thing started up next week, after our beach trip.
The filter is a combination of a HOB designed for a 75 and a sponge filter. The sponge filter used to be a favorite pygmy cory spot, as it's covered in java moss and probably buggies.
Ph usually hovers around 7.5.
Two pieces of driftwood
A fake waterfall thing that I like
A cow vertebra
A squirrel skeleton
And a random raccoon rib
A bunch of Java moss
Two kinds of Java ferns
A bit each of giant and flame moss
One big anubias
Something like 15 smallish crypts
Two ghost shrimp
One African Dwarf frog
Two Julii (possibly false Julii) cories
Two salt-and-pepper cories
One Schwartz cory (soon to be joined by one more) (how do you spell that, anyway?)
Two female bettas (soon to be three)
One Stonehead Sulawesi goby
Two sun nerite snails
One gold gourami
One lonely survivor pencilfish
Here's a few pics:
Full tank, obviously. I apologise for the glare, these are cell phone pics.
The Sulawesi goby. I need more of these guys, they're fun.
A sun nerite. These were an impulse buy, as they were $1.50 each and I'd never seen them for sale anywhere else. Plus, they're basically mutant nerites, and everybody knows how to take care of nerites!
Boss betta. Her fins are kind of ragged, due to some blind cave tetras I used to have ganging up on her. This little one changes color faster than a chamelion! She'll go from mostly blue to half white, then back to blue, then purple. Not sure how she does it...
Alright. The reason I'm posting this right before I go on vacation without good internet is fairly simple: If I post this now, I can come back and there'll be lots of answers to my questions later.
What I want to add, over the course of a while, obviously:
Another Schwarts cory
Another female betta
Probably a rubberlip pleco (those are only about 4" long and really funny to watch)
Possibly 6 or so Endler's livebearers
At least 10 more pencilfish
At least 11 dwarf and pygmy cories
A twig catfish
More freshwater gobies. I know a place that sells some nice Stiphodon gobies.
1: Now, I'm starting to consider a school of neon tetras. How tightly will they school in a 65 that's mostly populated by small fish?
2: Let's say I want to have fairly equal schools of pencils and neons, then a big school of dwarf and pygmy cories. How many can I keep, approximately? I was told that I could easily have 30 assorted schoolers in there, probably more, is this correct? I mean, it seems accurate... I'm gonna go see what Aquadvisor has to say about that.
3: Any thoughts on having some Endlers in there? Males only, of course, so I wouldn't have five billion tiny fry. Not that I'd mind fry, but the nearest LFS that takes trade-ins is pretty far away and I can't drive yet.
4: What do you normally see twig cats going for? I don't want an albino one, but I don't care if it's longfin or not.
5: Any tips for keeping a twig cat? What I normally see is to feed them algae wafters if they eat all the algae, to keep them with peaceful stuff, and to put guards on all the heaters. I don't have heater guards yet, but it's Texas summer, I unplugged all the heaters. (which is only two)
6: I'm looking for the big schools/small fish appearance in this tank, as you can see. If I could have 10 or so of each species, what tinies would you reccommend? Not microrasboras, they're just plain too tiny. I also don't want anything that's too finicky or delicate, I want stuff that has at least a little bit of endurance.
Ok, personally I'm not huge on the decor, but to each there own lol
My thoughts would be to stock it like so:
2 - Rubber lipped or Bristlenose plecos
10 Pencil Fish
15 Dwarf Cories
A few gobies (not positive on capability)
Maybe 1 other type of fish
I would re-home the rest. I condensed the # of schools in my tank and I like it a lot better. If you want more species, get more tanks
Fish: 75g: 9 Parva Rainbow, 4 GBR, 2 Oto, 4 Platies, 10 Sterbai, 4 Calico BN Pleco
10g: RCS, 10 B. Brigittae; 10g: 4 Fp. Spoorenbergi, 7 C. Habroseus, Orchid Endlers; 10g: 4 Fp. Spoorenbergi, Species #2 Endlers,
Plants: 75: A. Sword, C. Red Wendtii, J Fern, Alternanthera Reineckii, Temple Hygro, Moneywort, Subwassertang, R. Rotundofolia, R. Indica
10: Italian Vals, Dwarf Sag, Java Fern, Phoenix Moss
10s: C. Parva, C. Wendtii, Cardinal, Microswords, Dwarf Hairgrass, Hornwort
Yay, I have internet here!
I actually want some diversity... Bettas are one of my favorites. Twig cats have been something I've wanted for two years, but I never had enough space for them. Thanks for the imput, but my bettas and larger cories are here to stay.
I need something that gets tall for the back of the tank... Like, really tall. There's a few stem plants that are basically long stems with tiny leaves on them, which of these would be best for a tank with low-ish light?
What species of pencilfish do you have?
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One little Beckford's. Previously, it was 8 Beckford's, two dwarfs, which happily schooled together.
Bumpa... I need some advice now.
Do magnolia leaves release many tannins? I want a few in here.
Okay, done some stuff. I added a few boiled magnolia leaves, most of which are still floating, and I went to my LFS. Now, I was planning to get some schooling fish, but I got sidetracked by an unexpected discovery. Here's what I got:
This was an attempted shot of some new fish, but they scooted and the goby photobombed. Just thought it was funny.
Twig catfish! He's about 6" long and very healthy. Don't worry, the heater is turned off.
Pencilfish. 5 Beckford's pencils and two Marginatus pencils. You can't see them all in this pic, they're camera-shy and won't let me photograph them. That really big one is exactly 1 1/3" long.
Pygmy/dwarf cory, not sure which. I got two of these, both are 3/4" long, and they might be hybrids. They both have the lengthwise black stripe, like pygmies, but one has a break in the stripe and they both have speckles like dwarves. I'll try to get a better pic of them up later.
I also got a treasure, who won't let me photograph him.
An African pipefish! He's almost 5" long, and eating frozen food! I considered these for a while several months ago, but I read that they won't eat frozen food, so I dropped the idea. Till I found these at my LFS! He didn't seem interested in eating anything right after I released him, but he picked at some frozen bloodworms a bit after a few hours, and he ate a couple. He's really pretty, a nice orange-brown with a red nose.
One of my bigger cories tried to eat his tailtip... It thought he was a bloodworm!
I got a couple of nice pics.
Finally got a pic of the pipefish! He was out at feeding time.
I saw the twig catfish on a piece of wood near the top and was curious what his suckermouth felt like, so I just sort of scooped him up. He wriggled his fin but didn't seem bothered, so I grabbed my phone and took this. He seemed to think I taste good... In fact, I tried to give him some nori, but he was more interested in sucking on my finger than eating the nori! He's really docile, didn't at all protest being scooped up, just sat there and sucked my fingertip.
Took advantage of a sale and got myself some new fish. I ended up coming home with:
Two albino four regular glowlight tetras
One dark blue female betta
Two male Endler's livebearers (will add 4 females soon)
And a small bristlenose pleco.
I've only managed to get a photo of the Endlers, the others are either hiding or moving too fast.
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