Here’s a (long, 1+ hours) video of my 40 gallon acrylic tank, my first acrylic and also the last tank that I kept. I don’t know what compelled me to take HD videos of my tank each night, but at this point in my life I knew that things were about to change (having resigned from and with the last few months of work approaching), and perhaps I wanted to document this phase of my life. By this time I had been in the aquarium hobby for well over 10 years, and I had lost a lot of the enthusiasm I had had during the early days of my hobby. I considered weekly tank maintenance a chore and would actually go many weeks without changing the water or cleaning the tank. At the same time, I designed the tank to be “natural” with lots of plants, minimal feeding, and a relatively low bio-load so that I could stretch out the maintenance cycle.
Below is a list of flora and fauna that inhabited the tank. From time to time, I put on this video and just let it run, and it’s kind of nice. I hope you find it that way as well.
Vallisneria spiralis (“Tape Grass”) – a grass that kept growing and growing.
Vesicularia dubyana (“Java Moss”) – I bought the moss early on in my hobby and it lasted over a decade.
Microsorum pteropus (“Java Fern”) – these were from 2007.
Cryptocoryne wendtii (“Brown Crypt”) – amazingly, these plants sprout up in my tanks that never had them in the first place; all it took was some substrate from a previous tank that had them.
Thorichthys meeki (“Firemouth Cichlid”)
Pterygoplichthys gibbiceps (“Leopard Pleco”)
Mikrogeophagus altispinosus (“Bolivian Ram”) – the last remaining member of the Bolivian Ram clan from my old 50 gallon tank.
Hemigrammus rhodostomus (“Rummy-Nose Tetra”)
Corydoras elegans (“Elegant Cory”)
Corydoras aeneus (“Bronze Cory”)
Poecilia reticulata (“Common Guppy”) – I had bought some feeder guppies to use for cycling a tank, and unbelievably most of them survived for a very long time. By this point, though, there were only a couple of them left.