| | New member from Portland, Oregon
Hi all! I've been keeping fish for the last 7 years - tried on and off before that but didn't manage to get a tank going that lasted until I listened to the guy at my LFS and went from a 10 gallon to a 45 gallon. Of course, he was right - easier to stabilize a big tank!
I am new to planted tanks, however. I got a hold of Diane Walstad's book and after reading through figured I could do this. My first planted tank is 3 gallon, Miracle Gro Organic as substrate, regular aquarium gravel for cap. I took it to heart when the book said plant heavy, so I got 5 good size plants from my LFS - Java Fern (as tall as the tank), Wisteria, Hornwort, Egeria Densa, and Apologeton Crispus - a veritable jungle. Cycled the tank very quickly that way! Have the following residents: 10 neon tetras, 1 long-fin dwarf pleco and two netrites. Plants are growing, fish are growing, water is stable - it's been about 5 weeks and now to pretty it up!
I also have a 45 gallon unplanted, at least until this week when I threw Hornwort trimmings in and today stabbed a couple of wisteria cuttings in the gravel. The residents are mostly newish (few weeks) as I mass killed most of my fish. They are: 2 Powder Blue Gouramis (survived the apocalypse), 8 White Cloud Mt minnows, 4 swordtails (3F & 1M), a pair of Marigold Platys (she's got a huge belly!), a pair of Mickey Mouse Platys, a pair of Red Wag Platys, two Gold Angel fish, and an albino dwarf pelco. I want to turn this into a planted tank, but not until I figure out how to not upset the soil when I move things around.
I'm self employed and work from home, so I spend too much time watching the fish and reading forums! My husband and I ride motorcycles (well, he's obsessed - I just ride my Boulevard C50 on occasion). Only one self-sufficient kid left in the nest - but two dogs and two cats. My little 3-gal also fills in as the water source of choice for one of the cats!