29 Gallon Office Tank

I kept this 29 gallon tank in the office, right next to my desk. Whenever I needed a break from office work I swiveled right. For a longer break, I grabbed a bucket to do a water change.

29 Gallon Work Tank
The firemouth in his cave. He’s always renovating (digging).
29 Gallon Work Tank
Common guppies and rummy-nose tetras round out the short list of inhabitants.
29 Gallon Work Tank
Sometimes the tetras use the cave, too.
29 Gallon Work Tank
Like a squadron of fighters…
29 Gallon Work Tank
The tank during one of its cleaner stages with plants nicely trimmed and glass free of algae.
29 Gallon Work Tank
Closeup of one of the two common guppies.
29 Gallon Work Tank
They are hovering at 90 degrees to one another.
29 Gallon Work Tank
Tetras with Java Moss in the background.
29 Gallon Work Tank
Another nice photo of the entire tank. I don’t remember why I left it partially unfilled.
29 Gallon Work Tank
After a hard week, I might sometimes skip a tank cleaning and let nature take its course.
29 Gallon Work Tank
Up close with a rummy-nose.

40 Gallon Acrylic Natural Aquarium

This 40 gallon, circa 2012, was the last tank I ever kept. I designed it to be “natural” with lots of plants, minimal feeding, and a relatively low bio-load so that I could stretch out the maintenance cycle.

Flora

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.

Fauna

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.

50 Gallon Planted Aquarium

This was one of the most beautiful tanks that I kept. Unfortunately, it took up too much of my time and I eventually tore it down. Below are some of the best photos that I took of the aquarium and its inhabitants.

50 Gallon Planted Aquarium
Early stages of the tank, taken about 3 months after initial setup. Was not planning planted tank at this time.
50 Gallon Planted Aquarium
6 months after initial setup, I decided to fill in the tank a bit more and add more plants.
50 Gallon Planted Aquarium
A closer view of the 6 month old tank.
50 Gallon Planted Aquarium
The matriarch of the tank, a beautiful Bolivian Ram (Mikrogeophagus altispinosus).
50 Gallon Planted Aquarium
9 months later, a Clown Plecostomus (Peckoltia Vittata) also calls my tank its home.
50 Gallon Planted Aquarium
Water change in progress: adding new water to the tank.
50 Gallon Planted Aquarium
A view from the side of the tank, now 1 year old.
50 Gallon Planted Aquarium
Full view of 1 year old tank.
50 Gallon Planted Aquarium
A German Blue Ram (Mikrogeophagus ramirezi).
50 Gallon Planted Aquarium
Another full view, but a little closer and brighter.
50 Gallon Planted Aquarium
The Bolivian Ram hanging around a piece of Java-moss-covered driftwood.
50 Gallon Planted Aquarium
It’s a jungle out there.
50 Gallon Planted Aquarium
A photo of the tank after a fresh cleaning and trim.
50 Gallon Planted Aquarium
A closer view of the trimmed Water Wisteria, Hygrophila difformis.
50 Gallon Planted Aquarium
Closeup view of Otocinclus affinis.