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Pinside Aquarium Club, The Other World Behind Glass

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#60 1 year ago
Quoted from Slash:

Here's some pics of the 4" x 2" x 2" tank I had for years. Went through various different stages over time, I started with various regular freshwater fish, before gradually getting rid of those and mainly having discus and then to predominately a planted tank where the fish were secondary to the plants.

Finally sold it as I got sick of the maintenance. I would love to have discus again in a fully planted tank - but maintained by someone else!!!

I used to have a planted tank with discus fish and man, I loved that tank and those fish. Discus were beautiful fish that were pretty intelligent (for a fish). But man, the maintenance... I remember having to keep the water relatively soft (acidic) for them as black water with a lot of decaying organic matter is their natural habitat. I'd constantly have to monitor the Ph of the water to ensure that the acidity didn't take a nosedive, which it did a few times leading to panic striken bouts of water adjustments. I had to religiously perform partial water changes and feed them good sometimes live food. You never wanted to deal with "Hole in Head" disease.

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#88 89 days ago

I do really like a nicely planted and aquascaped freshwater tank. Nice job guys.

#90 89 days ago
Quoted from frenchmarky:

Absolutely true story... I haven't had an aquarium since I was a teenager (tetras, teeny catfish and little teeny frogs), but...

Wow, somebody abandoned a Betta Splendens, or "Siamese Fighting Fish" in its bowl. The males of these little colorful fish are highly territorial amongst their own breed (females seem to get along fine). Surprisingly, that particular breed of fish was highly suited for that misadventure. If my memory serves me correctly, these fish are found in shallow often stagnant pools of water in places like the rice patties of Thailand. The shallow bodies of water are often starved of oxygen, and if these fish hadn't evolved a lung like feature which allow them to directly breathe air, they'd probably be extinct by now. Pretty fascinating.

Just don't don't by another male Betta Splendens and drop him in the tank in thoughts that it'll keep the first one from being lonely, LOL

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