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We have 6 awesome tanks entered in Fishforums' October 2023 Tank of the Month contest featuring tanks sized at 17 to 30 US gallons . View all the tanks and descriptions below and then go to poll at the top of this thread, click on your choice for TOTM, and then click the "Cast" button.

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Here is my 25 gallon aquarium, I have it stocked with:

8 neon tetras

5 sterbai Cory catfish

2 honey gourami (the second one hides when I get the close too the tank).

1 apple snail

1 unknown plant

1 java fern

2 anibius

a bunch of hornwort

Water parameters:

Ammonia: 0ppm

Nitrite: 0ppm

Nitrate: 20ppm

Ph: 6.3

The aquarium is currently two years old, so it is well established. I have had my ups and downs with it but lately it has been going pretty well.
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Here is my entry for TOTM October 2023:

So far, it's a planted 105L tank (28 gal) housing my lovely rasboras. This is my second attempt at keeping an aquarium and my first time creating an aquascape. I'm looking forward to adding more fish in the future!​
A detailed description is below:​
Aquarium set up: 11th August, 2023, (my tank is currently 7 weeks old)​
Rasboras added: 14th September, 2023​
🐠 Inhabitants:
  • 14 trigonostigma hengeli (glowlight rasboras)
  • Hitch-hiked ramshorn snails (belonging to the gyraulus genus, I believe)

⚙️ Equipment:
  • Aquael Leddy 75 (Tank) (105 L, 75x35x40 cm)
  • Retrofit Day & Night (Light)
  • Aquael ASAP 500 (Filter)
  • Bonlux 100W (Heater)
  • Zacro dual outlet (Air pump)
  • Airstone, heater guard and homemade pre-filter

🪵 Hardscape and substrate:
  • Mangle wood
  • Seiryu stone
  • Bottom layer of lava rock and Maflora light
  • Top layer of ADA La Plata sand

  • Ludwigia repens 'Rubin'​
  • Cryptocoryne wendti ‘Broad Leaf’​
  • Cryptocoryne wendtii 'Green'​
  • Cryptocoryne parva​
  • Lobelia cardinalis 'Mini'​
  • Rotala rotundifolia (dwarf rotala)​
  • Sagittaria subulata (dwarf sagittaria)​
  • Microsorum pteropus (java fern)​
  • Bacopa australis​
  • Hydrocotyle leucocephala (brazilian pennywort)​
  • Helanthium tenellum ‘broad leaf’​
  • Helanthium tenellum ‘red’​
  • Ceratophyllum demersum (hornwort)
  • Echinodorus bleheri (amazon sword)
  • Eleocharis vivipara (dwarf hairgrass)
  • Salvinia auriculata (water spangles)

🌊 Water Parameters:
  • Ammonia: 0ppm
  • Nitrite: 0ppm
  • Nitrate: 10ppm*
  • PH: 7.8
  • Hardness (German Degrees): GH 4.2, KH 2.3
  • Temperature: 25° C
*Nitrate level equal to my tap water​
💡 Lighting:
  • Retrofit Day & Night (LED)
  • Aquarium light on for 7 hours each day
  • 6500k (kelvin rating)
  • 14W

🧽 Maintenance:
  • Weekly water change of about 25%-50%
  • Plants are trimmed regularly where needed
  • Seachem Flourish Comprehensive used as recommended (for plant fertiliser)
  • Uneaten food/debris removed during water changes

🦐 Feeding:
  • Six days per week
  • Oase Organix micro granules or flakes for breakfast
  • Fluval Bug bites micro granules for dinner
  • Starting to feed live moina macrocopa, that I've raised indoors
Due to their small size, the rasboras can't eat full bug bites (the size 0.25-1.00mm). They are also mid-water feeders, so they won't eat food sitting on the water surface or at the bottom of the tank. Here is my feeding method that solves both issues (for me at least):​
  1. Crush an appropriate amount of bug bites in a small container
  2. Use a syringe to add a little tank water to the container
  3. Stir until all of the bug bite pieces no longer float
  4. Suck it all back up into the syringe
  5. With the needle/opening just under the water surface, slowly feed the bug bites to your fish, by adding just a little of the water with bug bite pieces at a time.
By doing so you can control precisely how much food is in the water at a time, so the fish can eat it all before it sinks to the bottom.​
You can see me feeding my rasboras using this method in the video at the top of my post.​
Thank you for taking the time to read my entry!

OK here goes. This is my 29g tank that I've had set up since the end of June. Originally had some other fish in a tank that was much too small and lost a bunch, so upgraded to this one before I lost everything. I don't have quite as much detail as others but will do my best!

Stocking - 12 pygmy cories, 5 julii cories (3 adults, 2 juveniles), 4 panda cories, 4 mystery snails, and 5 African dwarf frogs. I call this an attempt at the most peaceful community tank, everyone is super chill and hopefully happy! With the exception of the adult julii cories everything has been added over the past 3 months. No more to be added (I also have a backup tank in case of any issues between frogs and fish in future/medication needed etc).

Decor - my nieces picked the decor hence being stuck with a skull and a barrel, but I kinda like it now! It could've been worse, they originally wanted a flourescent pink castle... :rofl: I also have a betta log in there, I keep it for the frogs to chill in while the plants mature.

Plants - this is my first attempt at a planted aquarium so I have low maintenance plants - elodea densa, java fern, java moss, marimo moss, some crypts (can't remember which ones), a tiger lotus bulb that has just started to sprout, amazon sword, and today I just added some rotala wallichii. I also add Indian almond leaves regularly.

Equipment- light is the one that came with the tank and is 17w/1800lm. Light is on for 8 hours a day. The filter is a brand called tiger lily, not used them before but it's decent and very quiet. I also have an air pump.

Feeding schedule - for the fish I use a combo of bug bites, tetra min flake food, algae wafers, and daphnia/brine shrimp. The snails get some blanched veg every few days too. The frogs get a mixture of bloodworms, daphnia and brine shrimp. They are target fed with a pipette and trained to come to the top (most of the time anyway!). Feeding schedule is 3 days on, 1 day off.

Maintenance - 70% ish water change every 8-9 days including vacuuming substrate. I test parameters using my 6-in-1 kit every 7 days just for peace of mind as well. Liquid fertiliser added with each water change. Currently using API but plan to switch to TNC Lite when that's run out. Root tabs added on set up and have also added a couple more when I have added batches of new plants.

Thanks for reading, and also for everyone's advice along the way! Very much still learning.
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I started this tank back on September 14, so this is actually my newest tank.

  • 5 Neon Dwarf Gouramis (2 Males, 3 females)

  • 2 Separate cheap china lights (11 Watts, 18 Watts) 29 watts in total
  • Sponge Filter
Pretty cheap tank, mostly no-name brands and cheap options

Hardscape and Substrate:
  • Driftwood (Collected locally at our nearest beach)
  • Stones (Collected at a nearby 'Pebble Beach')
  • Sand (Inert;... also collected at a nearby beach)
  • Dirt (Not collected from the beach this time around)
Note that the beach is a "Black sand" beach so the sand and stones are mostly inert, pretty sure it comes from the nearby river.

  • Dwarf Sagittaria
  • Cryptocornye Wendtii Brown
  • Moss Ball
  • Vallisneria Nana
  • Cryptocornye Pontederiifolia
  • Cryptocorny Spiralis Var. Heugelli Red
  • Anubias 'Denmark'
  • Hygrophilia Difformis
  • Java Fern 'Big' (Microsorum Pteropus)
  • Hygrophilia Difformis
  • Jungle Vallisneria
  • Corkscrew Vallisneria
  • Salvania Minima
There's a few more but the list would be too long if I go on.

  • 7 Hours a day from 12 pm - 7 pm
  • Weekly top-off
I rely on the plants and natural organisms to filter the water. I never do water changes unless the tannins from the driftwoods makes the water too tinted.

Water parameters aren't tested. For feeding I usually just feed everyday, usually mosquito larvae. If not available, I feed Hikari vibrabites as they imitate worms pretty well. My Gouramis also accept other smaller pellet foods so I sometimes feed them Hikari Micro-pellets. I also offer Astaxanthin or Spirulina granules
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Hi all! This is my 20 gallon tank. It's one of the first tanks I started with. I actually had to restart the tank once but since then it has been running it for about 1 year 6 months lol.
I've transitioned from fake plants to live plants since it has been started. I also have added sand substrate mixed with the rock I originally had. There's also 2 small pieces of driftwood with java moss growing on them.

I use Seachaem Flourish tabs and API Leaf Zone.

Filtration: Tetra Whisper IQ with AQUANEAT Aquarium Bio Sponge Filter Media Pad & Tetra Whisper IQ 20 Aquarium Filter Baffle

Lighting: NICREW SkyLED Plus Aquarium Plant Light, Freshwater Fish Tank Light with Ramp Up and Dim Down, Spectrum Adjustable and Lighting Schedule Programmable with Controller

NICREW Multi-Colored LED Aquarium Bubbling Stone Disk, Round Fish Tank Bubbler with Auto Color Changing LEDs

Live Stock
One of the mystery snails is a little over a year old now and one of the original inhabitants of the tank. All the fish are pretty new, previous inhabitants moved to a bigger tank.

Platinum Green TIger Barbs (5)
Mystery Snail (2)
Nerite Snail (9)

Feeding: Once per day, TetraMin Tropical Flakes (once per week frozen brine shrimp) for the fish. Algae wafers, green beans, or blanced kale for the snails. Although, the fish munch on the algae wafers if I put them in when the lights are on. Fasting for one day per week.

Maintenance: Weekly water changes (50% - 70%) with API Stress Zyme

Water Parameters

Ammonia: 0ppm
Nitrites: 0ppm
Nitrates: 5ppm
pH: 7.8

Java Fern
Java Moss
Amazon Sword
Water Spangles (Salvinia Cucullata)
Lucky Bamboo [emersed]
Gloden Pothos [emersed]
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This is my "low maintenance" 20 gallon in the living room. No CO2 and just a 40 gallon sponge filter. The filter
is placed on a terracotta houseplant saucer full of gravel, and it's gradually being covered up by plants, as is the Fluval
heater in the back. I put up the tank earlier in the year in March. Has a 24-inch Hygger light (love 'em!) set to an 8
hour day. Sometimes I'll use the moonlight setting if I have guests that evening.

Livestock consists of 8 black neon tetras (wanted seven, but the shop assistant caught 8 and didn't want to sort through them
again, lol, so the last one was free); five lemon tetras -- was six, two males and four females, but the dominant male killed the other one! Don't let anyone tell you lemon tetras aren't aggressive -- : the one always-horny male hounds the females, so they are constantly in hiding in the plants; and, finally, three otocinclus that show up in the corner for algae tabs (as do many snails that snuck in with the plants). I know the lemon tetras spawn regularly, as the black neons follow the amorous couple around, eating the eggs.

They get the same tetra diet as my main tank, TetraMin flakes and bottom pellets, varied with dried Daphnia, Brine Shrimp, etc.
I add spirulina flakes since the otocinclus are in competition with the snails, and also because the fish are omnivorous.

For ferts I use Flourish root tabs and the occasional potassium and iron additives. I have about an inch and half of gravel
covered with Stratum, hoping the gravel will prolong periods between water changes. I still change six gallons weekly, although
when I went away for a month's vacation, they did alright for a month without any, while family and neighbors fed the fish.
It was totally covered in plants when I returned!

Just did a water change and a pruning. Anubias, elodea, monarda, some still small crypts, spiral vals, s. reprens, amazon compacta and regular swords all came from my 24 gallon tank, and I threw in some bulbs which I thought were dead for a while, but the onion came up. The red lotus did not (needs cooler temps to sprout), so I bought a small bulb with a tiny leaf a few weeks back. Tales of fast growth with this plant are true! And speaking of fast growth, guppy grass fills the many niches and is constantly being cut and thrown out. No floating plants, as the sponge filter keeps the surface too agitated. Bits of guppy grass will float around until they grow big enough to sink. The sound of the bubbling in the living room is very relaxing.
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