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Old 03-27-2013, 09:29 PM   #1 
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Talking 30 Gallon Journal

I got my aunt's 30 gallon on Sunday March 24th, 2013. It was filled with sand and covered in Hermit Crab crap. After three hours of meticulous cleaning, everything was cleared out and ready to go. On Monday March 25th, 2013, I set the tank up empty in my living room. Today, March 27th, 2013, I purchased all I would need for the tank, including:
One 22lb bag of gravel
Three 4.4lb bags of gravel
One Aqueon Quiet Flow 30 Aquarium Filter
One Fluval Submersible Heater, 100 WATTS
One Thermometer
One Greek Pavilion
One thoroughly cleaned used Greek vase type thing
One thoroughly cleaned used wood decoration
One Gravel Vacuum
One thing that makes bubbles

I set it up about an hour ago and got it filled with water and running and everything is working GREAT. I have a massive, long plan on how this will work, which I will put on in a minute. This is my stocking plan:
1 Pearl Gourami
9 Bloodfin Tetras
6 Otocinclus
4-5 Mystery Snails
4-6 Ghost Shrimp

Here is my overall plan:
1. Get the tank set up empty and plant-less, run it for two weeks empty to judge the quality of the products.
2. Buy four plants, buy two snails.
3. Two weeks later: buy four plants, buy two snails.
4. Two weeks later: buy four plants, buy two shrimp.
5. Two weeks later: buy four plants, buy two shrimp.
6. Two weeks later: buy 6 Otocinclus, QT for two weeks, add to tank if healthy.
7. Two weeks later: buy 5 Bloodfin Tetras, QT for two weeks, add to tank if healthy.
8. Two weeks later: buy 4 Bloodfin Tetras, QT for two weeks, add to tank if healthy.
9. Two weeks later: buy Gourami, QT for two weeks, add to tank if healthy.

The QT tanks I have are a 5g and a 2.5g, but I'm hoping to keep the 2.5g as a Betta Emergency QT if someone gets sick... Plus, I think these fish are too big for that kind of tank :P

Here are some pictures of the 30g:





What do you think? I've been planning this for months and it will take months more to complete.
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Old 03-29-2013, 12:42 AM   #2 
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Oh it's looking really nice, be sure to keep us posted. Looking forward to see how it turns out!
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Old 03-29-2013, 07:37 PM   #3 
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Okay... So in two Sundays I will get my plants, and I am thinking I might speed up my process a bit. I'll be getting two green cabomba plants and two medium sword plants as well, and every Sunday I'll be going until I think the tank looks nice enough :D I had previously thought my brother's baseball practice was every two weeks, so I scheduled around that, as his practices are in the closest place to me that sells live plants. I'm thinking of stocking with these:
Green Cabomba
Water Wisteria
Medium Sword
Anubias
Corkscrew Vallisneria
Money Wart
Java Fern

It's a lot, but I'll be spacing things out and possibly trying to find other kinds of plants that just grow along the bottom... I'm unsure how many of each I'm getting besides the swords and cabomba, for now, but hopefully I'll have it all mapped out by the end of the weekend.
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Old 03-29-2013, 08:50 PM   #4 
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NO SHRIMP!!!! I adore these things but a gourami will kill them. Tetras will harass and oto's won't be nice either.
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Old 03-29-2013, 08:54 PM   #5 
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Thank you so much for the warning! I heard that Gouramis were usually peaceful, but I guess shrimp just get the bad end of everything :/ But otherwise, is everything else okay to be with each other? I won't be getting them for about a month or so, so I have plenty of time to reorganize.
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I think the stocking might be a tad high with 9 tetras. Maybe only 4 and get a pleco or 6.
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Old 03-30-2013, 02:38 PM   #7 
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My aunt has been trying to convince me to drop the nippy Tetras and the Gourami and go with Guppies and something calmer... I've always loved Guppies, but I've been set on this stocking for a long while... In her opinion, I should get rid of everything but the snails, get a bunch of Guppies, some kind of shark and a calmer schooling fish. I'm considering it, but not too much. I was thinking to keep my Tetras at 9 (a number I like personally in schooling fish) I would get rid of one snail and one Oto in the whole scheme of things... Maybe that would help a bit :P

My dad says he'll take me to PetSmart for my first plants sometime this week before Sunday, so I'll update then! Doing the first WC tomorrow, which should be a learning experience :P

EDIT::: I forgot to mention that I had also been considering doing a sorority for the big tank... If I were to do so, I think I would aim for 9-12 girls and possibly some kind of bottom dweller like Cories or Otos, but I am unsure if that's even in the cards at this point.

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Old 03-31-2013, 10:45 AM   #8 
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About to go and do the first WC for the tank :D I added the first plant last night, water wisteria. It was in one of my Betta tanks, but it kept getting uprooted because the stones in there are too big :/ So now it resides in the corner behind the log, I'll add pictures when there are more plants ^.^ I've been trying to figure out how to baffle the filter, and I'm on my second shot with the water bottle one... Hopefully by the end of Easter it'll be all good to go!
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Posting on this more than I thought I would... Writing thoughts down not to forget:

New stocking ideas, have heard some Tetra horror stories and that they are too nippy. Have also heard that it's hit and miss with any kind of Gourami -_- Possibly:

7-9 Rosy Barbs
4 or 5 Otocinclus
5 or 6 Guppies

7-9 Rosy Babrs
4 or 5 Otocinclus
Either Blue, Pearl or Dwarf Gourami

4 or 5 Otocinclus
6 Guppies
6 Micky Mouse Platies
Possibly a Gourami, probably not

Make it a sorority of 8-12 girls with a school of Rosy Barbs

Breed Bettas?

I really don't know. There are WAY too many possibilities and I don't know which to choose from. I don't have a clue what I'm doing here. ERG.
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OKAY. I've decided on a sorority and my plans are speeding ahead. This will be my stock:

9 female Bettas
5 or 6 Albino Corydoras
3 Mystery Snails

All of my local pet store get their Bettas in this Friday, so Friday night and/or all day Saturday I'll be "oot and aboot" picking up females. This week I'm getting their tanks ready :D I actually have room for them all if I add in some favours from people and get some make-shift tanks!

I will also have to buy my plants in bulk, sadly, which could screw up some things... But I'll put them in slowly, daily, and have them temporarily in other tanks... Lots to do and lots of money to save :P
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