Freshwater tanks

Discussion in 'Hobbies' started by Hector, Aug 4, 2013.

  1. Hector

    Hector Well-Known Member

    Current hobby other than Hector the butthead are freshwater tanks. Only have two 40 gals and one 20 gal right now.

    Clown loaches and silver dollar are shown, there are others in the tank.

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    In a separate tank are wild caught jewel cichlid pair, hemichromis fasciatus. They are mean, territorial, and very aggressive. They will fight each other and will eat the eyes and guts of their tankmates. These two juveniles have paired up somehow, so they are in their own tank and hopefully they will breed when they mature.
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    What hobbies are you mastiff addicts currently into??
     
  2. Penelope's Mom

    Penelope's Mom Well-Known Member

    You should change your name to Hector the Butthead. lol

    I used to have a 150 gallon freshwater tank with giant Oscars. They were named George and Gracie and they ate raw meat and we could pet them. They died after a few years and we sold the tank. It just got to be too much work.

    Now, Franklin is the only hobby I have time for.
     
  3. raechiemay

    raechiemay Well-Known Member

    Used to have a 20 gallon freshwater tank...until one day one of the fish brushed up against my arm while I was cleaning it & I swear I about jumped out of my skin. Got rid of the tank after the fish died.

    For years I used to ride horses. I mainly rode English & did some jumping but towards the last few years that I was riding I mainly just rode for fun. I'm thinking about getting back into it & maybe getting another horse. I miss it.
     
  4. Hector

    Hector Well-Known Member

    I heard oscars have a lot of personality, but they are messy eaters and need water changes often because of that. I would love a 150 gal tank.
     
  5. Hector

    Hector Well-Known Member

    One day I wish to ride a horse. Got close one time, but no one would ride a horse with me so I backed out. Must feel nice to be on a horse and to work with such a giant animal.
     
  6. raechiemay

    raechiemay Well-Known Member

    It's very fun & relaxing! I seemed to have never fell out of the horse loving phase. I swear one day I'll have a Clydesdale. Those & Paints are my favorite :)
     
  7. Hector

    Hector Well-Known Member

    Wow! The clydes are so regal looking. What about those um persherons? My co-worker talked about those horses all the time because she had 2 of those. I bet owning horses cost A LOT of $$$$.
     
  8. Penelope's Mom

    Penelope's Mom Well-Known Member

    They do and they are. If you don't clean the tank enough they get ick, fin rot, hole in the head and a number of other things. I loved the fish, they were like little 4 pound dogs, but hated the tank.

     
  9. Hector

    Hector Well-Known Member

    I'm sorry, but I don't know why I always laugh when I hear about the hole in the head. I know it's probably not a pretty sight. They ate raw meat and tolerated pettings, hmm lol it does sound like little dogs in a tank. Probably less stressful too when you had to go somewhere. Did you see that one video where an oscar jump out of the tank and bit someone on the nose LOL and hung on?
     
  10. ruthcatrin

    ruthcatrin Well-Known Member

    No tanks at the moment. I miss my fish though, so I'll probly do fish again at some point. My favorites were the dwarf corydoras and the tiny cichlids I had....
     
  11. Hector

    Hector Well-Known Member

    I like dwarf cichlids too, but they are just too tiny!
     
  12. ruthcatrin

    ruthcatrin Well-Known Member

    But they have temper! They used to dive bomb my hands when I was cleaning the tank, and they were always a blast to watch....
     
  13. LizB

    LizB Well-Known Member

  14. Hector

    Hector Well-Known Member

    Wow! You have some awesome tanks. I love the decor in them. Where did you get the driftwood?
     
  15. LizB

    LizB Well-Known Member

    The driftwood is collected from the local river and bay, and some of it is Mopani wood or Malaysian wood that I get from other hobbyists in trade, or get on Ebay, or sometimes at the fish store, though it is usually too pricey there. Craig's List has been a really good resource for aquarium stuff. My 150-gal I got on CL for $300, including the tank, stand and hood, plus some supplies. I didn't pay much more for the 125, which included the tank, stand and hood (I don't use the hood on this tank) plus 2 giant canister filters, lights, gravel, etc. People forget what they pay for this stuff!
     
  16. Gunny

    Gunny Well-Known Member

    I just sold my 75 gallon tank. I loved having the fish, but I got tired of cleaning it all the time. My favorite were the African Leaf Fish.
     
  17. Hector

    Hector Well-Known Member

    There's tons of driftwood I can get access to in my area, but I just fear the majority are cedar and I don't know how to tell.
     
  18. LizB

    LizB Well-Known Member

    I have an absolutely GORGEOUS piece of DW that I was going to put in my 150 - it was branchy and flowing and would have been so cool, but I cut a bit into it and could smell the telltale smell of cedar. :( The sap or pitch or whatever it is that evergreens have was not worth the risk. I think you have to use sandpaper on an inconspicuous area to be sure.

    I considered sealing it in two-part clear epoxy (that's what I used to seal the plaster Buddha in the 125 - I was determined to put that in the tank) but I decided against it. The piece of DW is now a centerpiece on my deck table, lol.
     
  19. Hector

    Hector Well-Known Member

    I have this P8050938.jpg but I'm not willing to risk my fish. I will look on ebay. I was going to frame this, but never got to it. Can you see the animal in this piece?
     
  20. coreyc

    coreyc Well-Known Member

    I have a 90 gal saltwater now looking to up grade to a 180 -220 soon also into leopard tortoises have a couple of them [​IMG][​IMG]
     

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