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.
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.
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.
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.