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Age 3 years, 1 month
Started November 7, 2015
Official Volume 20 Gallons
Actual Volume 18.8 Gallons
Dimensions 30'' x 12'' x 12''
Make Aqueon
Model 20g Long
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Introduction

I always liked aquariums but was afraid of the perceived "work" in owning one. A few months ago I dove in headfirst, got a 5 gallon tank, and quickly realized I had no idea what I was doing. I did a lot of research, drove to every LFS I could find and asked questions and eventually re-did my home aquarium as a 20g long. I have also simultaneously set up a 6.5g nano freshwater tank at my work.

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Background

This started as a 5 gallon aqueon minibow. I bought it a few months ago along with some corydoras, a betta and a bristlenose pleco, brought it home and set it up thinking I was clever and knew what I was doing. I quickly learned that 5 gallons was way too small for these fish, and the betta got his own tank. I spent about 2 months doing daily water changes and insane maintenance to keep all the fish alive. About 3 weeks ago I decided I was being irresponsible and purchased a 20g long tank and slowly moved everyone to that tank and retired my 5 gallon tank. It is a work in progress and a learning experience for me.

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Filtration

I have a pair of fluval underwater filters, a u3 and a u1. The u1 is really just there for aeration and water movement at the opposite end of the tank. I choose underwater filters instead of a hang on back filter because they are silent, and I really like the adjustable flow of the output nozzles; its like a power-head and filter all in one.

Lighting

Fluval Aqua Sky LED strip light. I dont have a timer yet, I have to do it manually; i try to keep to a schedule but I really need the timer so I dont confuse the fish

Equipment See more

Heater
Pet Supplies Plus 100W Heater
Stand
Winston 29 Gallon Tank Stand
Cleaning
KollerCraft Battery Powered Gravel Siphon
Stainless Steele 15" Tweezer
Terapump Siphon Vacuum
python water change/gravel cleaner
Thermometer
Suction Thermometer
Parts
Aquaclear 20 Nylon Bag
Substrate
3 Activ Betta Aquarium Sand
SpectraStone White Aquarium Gravel
Other
3 Cholla Wood - Driftwood
CyberPower 4 Outlet Surge Protector
2 Fluval Foam Filter Block
atc ph pen meter

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28
Temperature
89
GH
4.0
Alkalinity
Chlorine
Copper
8.0
pH
Ammonia
Nitrite
5
Nitrate
355
TDS
Calcium
Phosphate

Dosing See more

Seachem Equilibrium · API Stress Zyme · API CO2 Booster · Seachem Flourish Excel Plant Food · Tetra EasyBalance Water Treatment · Tetra AquaSafe Plus · API Melafix · api primafix

Feeding See more

blanched zuchinni · sinking pellet · fish flakes · Shrimp Pellets · Hikari Frozen Bloodword · Hikari Algae Wafers · Hikari Brine Shrimp · zuchinni · Fluval Vegetarian Fish Flakes · Hikari Crab Cuisine · shrimp pellet · tetra fish flakes · frozen pea · 1 cube of frozen brine shrimp · daphina · 1 blanched cucumber

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1 Bristle nose albino Pleco - "Mr Clean"
3 Peppered CoryCats
3 Emerald CoryCats
6 Fancy Guppies (2 guys, 4 ladies)
1 *possible* baby mystery snail that may have hitched a ride between my tanks. Cant find him, but I suspect hes in there.

17 Fish

8 Assorted Mickey Mouse Platys Xiphophorus maculatus
Bristlenose Pleco Ancistrus Triradiatus
4 Emerald Green Cory Cat Brochis splendens
Golden Lyretail Molly Poecilia velifera
Koi Angel Pterophyllum sp.
2 Peppered Cory Cat Corydoras paleatus
Peppered Cory Cat Corydoras paleatus

10 Invertebrate

2 Assassin Snail Clea helena
8 Ramshorn Snail Planorbis rubrum

18 Plants

Amazon Sword Echinodorus amazonicus
Anubias Barteri v.Nana Anubias Barteri v.Nana
6 Frogbit Hydrocharis morsus-ranae
Java Fern Microsorum pteropus
Java Moss Vesicularia dubyana
Marimo Aegagropila linnaei
Tropical Hornwort Ceratophyllum submersum
6 Water Lettuce Pistia stratiotes

On average you perform a 51.3% water change every 20 days.

42.6% total water change in December.

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My last adult guppy is gone. No idea what happened. Yesterday he was around, today poof nothing. I cannot conceive that my fish could have completely devoured him in 12 hours but I suppose anything is
Lost all but the last guppy to whatever tore though the tank. Not really sure what happened, but none of the other fish seem to be affected.
Apparently all my shrimp have died. I only found one dead shrimp body and I really cant imagine my fish were capable of completely removing all other 9 shrimp themselves. Cleaned out all the decoratio
Had some sort of parasite outbreak that tore through the mid-upper levels of the tank. I am not sure if it coincided with the shrimp a few weeks ago, new plants, or the Gourami getting injured and the
Lost a gourami today. Not quite sure what is going on
I think i have a sick molly. My male molly is acting very strange. He is eating normally, but is very lethargic and hiding from everyone. All tank parameters test out fine, and he doesnt show any visi

Words of Wisdom

Dont use chemicals to fix what could be fixed/prevented by common-sense and good maintenance. Until you really know what you are doing (I dont) ready everything you can from as many people as possible and understand that you will make mistakes.

Disasters & Regrets

I made the mistake of not researching and trusting the teenager at the lfs when I was told that the corydoras would get along with a male betta. In fairness they did get along for the most part, but the betta really picked on one of the peppered corys and he still has the scar on his fin.

Betta is in his own tank now, and the cory has recovered nicely, but I wish I had trusted my gut and done some more research before putting both fish at risk.