Terrarium Time

My 55 gallon tank has been sitting a dry mess for a bit now. All the fish died and the water evaporatedp. I wanted to fix it and put more fish in it just haven’t had time or money.

Today sitting here looking at it I had the thought of why not make a Terrarium out of it? I have wanted to make one for years and just haven’t. I think this would be great to make one out of. I have little garden gnomes and things to set up in it. I have soil and charcoal, I just need plants and a few other things. I can make a really nice one.

I looked up what kind of plants you could put in one. Dolphin plant and Starfish plant both popped up. They both are very neat looking. I thought wouldn’t it be cool to get them and others like them if they have them and put in it. Since it is a fish tank. I will have to see if or what others there are.

These are the three I found so far. I would of moved them put them in better but its hard to do from this phone. I seen a few others somewhere I have to look them back up see if they can live closed in like that or not.

 

New Fish

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Tuesday after I took my last exam, a stressful week of back to back appointments and more schoolwork than you can imagine I decided to stop at the pet store and get a few fish to add to the tank. Its been up and going for about two  weeks now. The white ones and one other who hides during the day came with the tank. I picked out the Orange Sward tails and the black and yellow ones, not sure what they are called. I was going to buy 5 of each but the guy said they weren’t schooling fish like the white ones and would do good with just three of them. That is what I went with so that I can put a bigger variety of fish in there. I have two female and one male of the orange ones and again not sure what the yellow ones are. I am going to try a different pet store in a week or two when I am able to get some more and see if they have a better selection. They say you should only add around 4 new ones at a time and wait a few days to a week before adding more to let the tank adjust and make sure you didn’t introduce anything with the new ones.

I stopped at the store after I picked the kids up from the sitter and Little Bitty was mad because she had lost a shoe between the house and truck at home so she didn’t have any. She had to get in the cart and sit. She then wanted to hold the fish when they guy put them in the bag. I let her and while I was talking she dropped them in the cart she kept rolling them around in the cart so I took them away from her.

I guess she did something to one of my yellow and black guys because they were only in my tank a few hours and one was dead. None of the others seem to have any problems and here we are days later and they are still alive. She killed my poor fish. Now I have to get another one of them so that there will be three. The other two swim around kind of lost.

20160629_215333 This is one of the three snails I picked up last week when I went to drop the plants off and get fish food. He was the only one like it they had and he was different so I took him. I think he is kind of neat looking.

Who Knew

That fish tanks would take so long to establish and get going good so that you could really start to put fish and plants in it. It took me a week or more to get the ammonia out of the water. Then I had to add the fish that came in it and the fish I had that needed to go in it back. I wasn’t able to really add any fish until Tuesday. I had added one of the fish that came with the tank and a few guppies a few days after setting it up, but that was just to get the good bacteria and things going in it. I was finally able to add 5 Tetra’s Tuesday and added the sucker fish over the weekend last weekend. Now today or tomorrow I should be able to add another 4 to 5. The guys at the pet store said I need to only add about 4 at a time and wait for three to four days to add another 4. Then if anything happens to the water in that time I have to get it under control again before I can add more. But they say if I do it this way when I am first setting it up it should be really easy to maintain and take care of from there. They all have had tanks for years larger than mine so I trust them better than the guy at the other store who said oh you can get your fish and add them tomorrow when I had just set the tank up. He didn’t seem to really know what he was talking about. He was nice but just who ever that walked in the door and asked for a job, they gave a little training to and tossed out there. I also didn’t like the way he talked about the other store. I don’t normally go there I go to the other but this one is much closer to my house and they sell their guppies and shrimp 10 for $2 and the store I like sell theirs for about 79 cents each. The other store seems to sell them as tank fish instead of feeder fish like the other pet shops. I love the guppies I buy 10 toss them in and they lay eggs and have babies both of which my frogs eat. This I spend less in the frozen food because I don’t use as much. The shrimp the frogs will eat too if they are babies. I haven’t gotten any tiny enough from the store to feed them but they help keep the tank clean and they are neat to watch sometimes.

But right now I have this 55 gallon tank with 7 fish and three snails in it, it’s looking pretty empty right now. I just want it full you look at it and see all the little fish swimming around but it is going to take a little wile.  I need more plants too. I took the big ones that came in it out, I really didn’t like them they looked like weeds growing in it. They were some kind of fern. My big plant I put in there all the bg leaves on it died from being moved. It has a lot of new growth but it is going to take a little time to get back out there like it was. I picked up two more plants the other day why I was there one is medium size the other was a small one. I liked it but wasn’t sure about it so I didn’t want to spent to much on it and then find out it wasn’t going to work good in my tank. I had two others I bought before that turned out to be a mess and just didn’t work. They wouldn’t stay rooted floated around the top then got sucked up in the filter and messed up. I want to get one that will grow across the bottom of the tank like grass then ones that will grow kind of big i can put in the middle of the tank like the other one was and some to put around in it other places. I like to go up and get some fish but I don’t feel like driving all the way up there. I don’t get fish from the one close to me besides guppies and shrimp because their tanks don’t look to good. The guppies and shrimp tanks look pretty good and they live most the time but they are bigger than the tanks the other fish are in and you can see died stuff all in them. The other store the tanks look cleaner and taken care of better. Plus it is storming and I need to make dinner. I just feel like going out for a little bit and getting away for a little bit more than anything else.

My New Hobby

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I probably shouldn’t have but I bought this 55 gallon fish tank yesterday. I have been wanting one for a really long time bu they cost a lot to get everything and get a good set up. I bought a tank a year or so ago but ended up getting rid of it because it was just to much to buy the stand, pumps, hoods, and everything else to set it up. I had decided to just wait until we move to get one and set up. Then I was looking at the offerup app and found this one a guy had. It was to good of a deal to not inquire about. I figured it was an old picture they it was sitting somewhere stored, it leaked or something. He replied said there was nothing wrong with it and it was $100 for everything. I told him I would like to see it he said to come the next morning. We set a time and then in a little bit he messaged saying I could have the fish that were in it for free if I wanted them, that he would give me the master test kit, the hose to clean it and a bunch of other stuff if I wanted it. I ask what kind of fish was in it and he told me. Not anything I had really heard of but the Betta. My big boy has a 5 gallon with one in it, I told him we would put a divider in it and stick him in that so I could put other fish in the big tank. A yo yo loach I had to look that up and then some tetra. I told him sure I would take them. What would he do with them if I didn’t he be stuck with fish and no tank. They weren’t anything that would keep me from getting others.

I got there he still had it set up with the fish and plants in it. He said he wanted me to see it set up and working before he broke it all down. Then we took it down and he said they had a big bin full of castles and things for it he was going to also just give me but then he couldn’t find it. They have stuff all over trying to move and down size too. But I wasn’t worried about that it wasn’t a big deal. I just expected the tank not all he had already given me. I wasn’t sure about getting it, I didn’t know where I would put it and really shouldn’t have spent the money. But just the night before I found the boys a chest for their room, I had this other that was in my room I ended up putting in theirs left a big empty wall so I set it up in my bedroom. I seen it and it was everything down to heater rocks fish lights just move and set up I figured for $100 I couldn’t go wrong. If I had to I could turn around and sell it for that easy and get my money back.

After I got it full and tested the water it showed everything was pretty much right where it should be. I went to get some prime to get the few things that were off in check. I talked to the guy there had him test it to be sure I did it all right. He said it looked good and it was ready for fish. He said I should wait at least 24 to 36 hours but then should be fine. The next day I went to the pet store I go to for most all my stuff. I like them better I but they are a lot farther from my house. I go to the other mostly for guppies and shrimp because they are much cheaper than the one I like for them. But I started talking to one of the employee’s and I told him I just got it and set it up the day before he talked to me for a long time about it and gave me advice. He said chemical wise it was ready but for the bacteria and things to build up and to get stable better it was best to wait two to three weeks and at the least a week. He said I may not see problems right now but that the odds were down the road in a few weeks or months I would have problems. He said since I had fish at home already I could0 introduce them a couple at a time every few days to help build it up since I did have some of the old water it would help build it up a little faster. He said add a couple and then just watch them and keep a check on it for a day or two and if they seem ok to add a couple more. In a week if it is going good with no major spikes or anything then I should be able to put them back in their tank and start putting others in here. I just put the loach back in and a few guppies to start. So far so good.

He seem to know what he was talking about more than the guy at the other store. He told me he had like three tanks bigger than this one at home and that just about everyone there had at least one tank and most more than one so any of them could really help me out if he wasn’t there and help me get it set up so that my fish would last a long time and my tank will stay clean and I won’t have to mess with it much like my smaller ones. I told him this is all new to me I am use to the smaller tanks I just start with spring water and add more when it needs it and don’t really have to clean it and don’t have to add chemicals and things. He said I shouldn’t have to add any to this or clean it once it gets going good if i do like they say and let it do what it needs to do before I start putting a bunch of fish in and to add just a few at a time once I decide to start buying some as well.

The tank came with the two big plants on either end and another a little smaller that I put in with the frogs. I knew they would like the wood to hide under and things. The plant its self, I really don’t like the plant or the big rocks it is hooked too. I bought a couple by accident for my frog tank and just didn’t like them. I tried to get a hold of my friend to see if he wanted them or could put them in his tank but haven’t heard back from him. I took the one that is in the middle of the tank above out of the frog tank and put in this one. I have had it for years it outgrew the 5 gallon so I put it in the 20 when I moved the frogs but it is starting to outgrow it too. I wouldn’t mind having some more of it to put across the back or arrange in there. I also want to get the baby dwarf tears plant and let it grow across the bottom like grass. I tried that with my frog tank and it didn’t work. I am going to talk to the guy at the pet store and ask him how I should do that so that it grows and don’t just come lose and float all over.

When we were talking I told him it came with a big bunch of plants that I was trying to get out of there as well so I could put some different ones I would need to figure out what I could put in that would last. He said he would take the plants if I didn’t want them. He has a 250 gallon tank he is trying to get plants build up in. He said it’s hard to fill one that big then the fish mess them up and things on top of it. I told him I didn’t live close but would be back up next week probably when I was able to get fish to put in it and that I would bring them then he could have them. The one came lose from the rock now the rock is sitting on it to hold it down or it tries to float around the tank. I don’t know why they put them on the rocks, I guess to hold them in place and be able to move them. But the one in the middle I have moved and moved and never had it attached to anything. I cover the roots with the gravel when I put it in place and it just grows. I decide to move it I just uncover it like a plant in dirt and move it.

It is really kind of nice having it here in my room, it’s on the wall across from the foot of my bed. I can sit here and write and look at it or just lay here and watch the fish swim around in it.

I also have to ask him about the heater it has almost a new heater but it showing the water staying between about 75 and 80 degrees. I ask the guy I bought it from and he said they kept it on but that they kept it really cold in their house too. I keep my house around 79 to 80 in the day and 76 to 77 when we go to bed. I think it should be fine. They say my frogs are sensitive to temperature too but I have never had a heater on them even in the winter and have had no problems. Reading up on it they say that the little tank will cool down faster than the bigger tank of course so I think it should be find.

I think I want to get 3 or 4 groups of schooling fish maybe 4 to 6 fish for each group and put in there. I don’t want just a handful of bigger fish and the tank look empty. But I don’t want to over stock it either. They said I can put probably about 20 to 30 fish. I am thinking more on the 20 side. I guess I will have to see what it looks like when I get them in there. Plus I have to have room for the shrimp. I like to keep shrimp and snails in tanks, the shrimp are just as neat to watch as the fish sometimes and help keep it clean.

I got it home the kids said oh we got a new tank! I said no I got a new tank it is going in my room and I am setting it up with what I want in it. They don’t care they just want to name all the fish. I told them go for it. If I have that many I’m not going to be naming them and trying to keep up with them.

Bad Fish No Frog

Tonight I was sitting in the livingroom messaging a couple people, when I notice the fish keep attacking my frogs. He go up and look like he was biteing them, swim into them when they tried to move around and push them down when they were trying to go up for air. I watched to see if it was maybe done on perpise. But he go from one to the other. I watched this for about 45 mins. Thinking he stop in a few or they try get him and he would.

I finaly after the 45 mins I told her hold on I had to flush a fish. He made me mad. I seen this big vase thing on the shelve so I pulled him out stuck him in it.

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My frogs seemed so much happier once he was out. They swam all over and floated around. I got the fish to help keep the bottom of the tank clean. I told them at the store I wanted something to clean the bottom of the tank, something that wouldn’t get very big, and most of all get along with my frogs.

He is what they gave me and so far, he attacks my frogs, don’t keep the bottom of the tank clean, and gets in their food dish and eats. He got after them when I first put him in but after that they all seemed ok. Then tonight he done all this.

I had to chase him all over the tank like crazy, he swimming 90 miles an hour. Once I got him in the ball he just laid in the bottom forever like he was dead. After a while one of the kids messed with the glass and he started swimming around.

I guess when it moved the frog seen it. He went over to the food bowl sat over the side watching it. Then he swam closer sat. In a little bit he was all the way in the side standing up looking at him.

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After a while I went ahead put him back in the tank so he would have air. He never even looked at the frogs. He went right and hid under the plant.

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