I would like to give you a glance of some of my fishtanks.
Not all are mentioned but it's just to give you a certain impression.
Before I'll show you some tanks, I'd like to show you two pictures at our home back in 1973. These show in the back one of the fishtanks we had in our livingroom. Back then it was quite normal to have framed fishtanks. And the panes of glass were sealed by using fillers like putty. No silicon used back then...
And well, it was my parents idea to paint the frame blue. Who would do that nowadays?
What a flashback!
In some way. it's a shame that my parents never made specific pictures of all the fishtanks we've had.
I myself don't have to get annoyed while using the computer. I've got a double screen to watch; for beneath the computer screen I do have a small tank with endlers in it.
Tank with wildguppies
The fishtank above is divided in two parts. The left part is housing a large group of yellow top swords endlers (yts) and the right part contains another group of least killi fish (heterandria formosa). I've used pond plants to decorate the inside of both tanks.
The tank above has been replaced by two other tanks (May 2016) which I got as a gift from a fellow breeder of livebearers. below a picture of these tanks.
I do own a smaller community tank as well. It contains black mollies (XL) and fancy guppies.
This design fishtank is housing a group of metallic livebearers (girardinus metallicus)
This is my so-called "swamp tank" where I'm keeping black bar endlers, garra rufas, killer snails (anetome helena) and apple snails (pomacea canaliculata) in.
The swamp tank from the top↑ Me at the swamp tank↑
In this special tank are kept just least killi fish (heterandria formosa). The enchidorus plant was bought as a tiny plant at the time. But nowadays it's a motherplant and frequently young sprouts are developed above water. I can harvest the young plants on a frequent bases and replant them in my other tanks and the rest will be donated to others.
In this particular tank I'm keeping only a mix of wildguppies.
↑In this tank are housing a group of snakeskin endlers and a couple of poeciliopsis gracilis.
↑This tank has recently been redecorated and I've created an internal filtersystem myself which works perfectly. I'm keeping my own version of the red chest endler. The males of this particular version are much larger and stronger than the original. It's such a pity that the original version of the red chest endler rapidly disappeared on the dutch market. Maybe it had to do with the fact that the males were really small and slender and particularly weak. Certain males of my version do have a snake pattern on their bellies. The strain seems more dominant than before. But I'm still working on a more steady appearance of the male offspring.
This tank in the picture below is used to breed some fancy guppies in↓
This hexatank above offers a good home for my micropoecilia pictas. They've bred well and I do have an offspring of 25 within 2 months of 2 females. For more details of this species, please check my other page of the livebearers I'm keeping on this website.
Both tanks above are both filled with limegreen endlers. The growth speed of this breed of endlers is enormous. Like every tank at home there's a certainty of continuous young fry. Which means as well that all biotopes are wellbalanced.
Well, overhere we have a bunch of tanks with just livebearers in it. Rio lobo wildguppies, limegreens, japan blue lyretail, red scarlet and tiger hybrids. In one of them we've got tiger hybrids. Certain tiger hybrids have a typical larger black spot than the average male of this breed.
In the smaller vase shaped tanks we have several betta splendens swimming.
The upper black tank has a combination of a mix of wildguppies and a large group of least killi fish (heterandria formosa).
The Superfish aqua 40 tank is one of my three tanks filled with limegreen endlers (N-Classification).
In the first photo on our left there's a triangular pillar tank where I'm keeping flame tail endlers in. I do have two of these tanks. And the other one is filled with red flare endlers.
In this pillar tank on the right I'm keeping wildguppies. I have to catch some fry from time to time and put them into one of the bigger aquariums. In this tank some nice mutations have been developed ever since. Even the intensity of the colours are becoming more brighter while no interference has occured with domesticated guppies.
This tank shown above is a small tank with just cpo's (cambarellus patzcuarensis var. orange) and japonica dwarf shrimps (caridina japonica). Keep the tank a bit brackish and don't clean too much. Both love the waste of plants and algae growth. For sure, the caridina japonica are good algae eaters. The cpo's are very harmless dwar crayfish which won't bother your aquariumplants and fish. An exception will be a sick or a dead fish. In that case it will be a delicacy to them...
This open tank shown above is actually a turtle tank but I've made a fishtank out of it. In here my neon hybrid speartail endlers are housing. There's a terrace in the back corner where the young fry like to get there food.
Overhere another set up of tanks is shown in a fishroom of mine.
Above we've got an acrylic triangle tank which works perfectly as an open biotope.
The one in the livingroom is a community tank with all kinds of subtropical fish as shown above. The vegetation in this community tank has to be trimmed every week for the grow speed is enormous. The same goes for all the other fishtanks I have with the exception of the newly set up tanks.
Another community tank is shown above. On the right picture two platies are shown which are kept in this tank on the left. The top platy is the so-called tuxedo spitz. This strain has a typical extension of the tail. Rare enough to keep these guys at home as well...
Of course, as every aquarist should be doing... is testing the water parameters on a frequent bases. I myself don't have to do this too often for in general my tanks are wellbalanced.
An aquarist's ritual
Simple methods are the best!
I use very simple methods to optimize the water parameters. I prefer not to use commercial meds or supplements for most of them are based on heavy metals. And every serious aquarist knows that those are really killing to fish...
At this point I do have over 60 tanks effectively running.
Besides these tanks I also have 5 polyethylene outdoor tanks, 2 glass outdoor tanks and 3 paludaria.