Category: not my tank



I liked isopods before they were cool

@ all the people saying isopods have always been cool

Yes. They have. I’m referring to the time before society deemed them cool. When they were called creepy and weird, invalidated in their coolness. I loved them.


I liked isopods before they were cool

letsgetsalty: A bunch of debris was washed up…


A bunch of debris was washed up on the beach. We found tons of cool stuff~
I’ve got a bucket of it I need to go through and identify haha.
If anyone knows what kind of crabs those are I’d appreciate it!! 😀


Reblog if you continue to Slorp the Siphons even after accidentally consuming fish water

Cycling an Aquarium: What is is, How to Do it,…


There’s a lot of sources on tank cycling out there, and a lot of it is filled with dense verbiage that not every average keeper cares about, can read through, or gets intimidated by it. My aim is to condense all of that information down into a handy and tasty nutrient packed paste that you can live off of. Like Robocop.


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This is what we have growing in our yard. It’s…

This is what we have growing in our yard. It’s some type of Pennywort, but I’m not sure if it’s something that would be kept in an aquarium? You guys have any idea?
It meets all the ID points that I’ve found for Brazilian Pennywort, which is sold as an aquarium plant. The area where this is growing is frequently under water for days at a time. I don’t see any reason why I can’t put it in my tank, but I’m very new to aquatic plants.

What They Don’t Tell You About Plants




So I don’t know about recently, but  I know a couple years ago when I started an aquatic garden in a fish tank, there was basically minimal help for growing them. Sure, some sites all gave the same advice, good beginner plants, and how to set up CO2 rigs, or it would be full of way too MUCH information, down to each individual plant, which isn’t helpful when you don’t know what you’re getting yet. But there are a lot of things that no resource ever told me, and instead I had to learn myself and from my very experienced uncle. So I thought I would give a little quick guide to things that you may not hear as often as you need to when thinking of aquarium plants.

1)      Some Aquatic plants aren’t aquatic. Bamboo, for instance, isn’t actually meant to be in full water all the time. It can survive for a while, sure, but a betta can “survive” in a bowl, too. A lot of other plants are sold as “aquatic” like mondo grass, when in fact they are drowning in the tank. If you’re shopping for plants, especially in a chain store, be sure to either know what you’re looking for, or take a smart phone with you and google the scientific name. The first Wikipedia page will usually say in the first paragraph if the plant is fully aquatic or not. A lot of beginners feel like failures because their plants died or sometimes “melted” and they don’t know what they did wrong, but in reality it’s because they tried growing a plant that wasn’t meant to be in a tank.

2)      Pruning is an art; and there are a lot of different ways to do it. Just because one person prunes their plants in-tank with cool tools doesn’t mean that’s the only way to do it. Plants will survive a little pull out and trim before putting them back in the tank ( I recommend this for tanks 10 and smaller, theres not much point making a mess in such a small tank when you can pull them out, trim them and return them). The most basic thing to remember when trimming is to do it how you like it—it’s your tank and as long as it doesn’t kill the plant, you have artistic license.

3)      Plants don’t have a really good sense of direction. If you see a plant with roots growing upward and in a huge tangle (sword plants, I’m looking at you) then there is no harm in trimming those off. If there is an excess of something, they can afford to lose a few to stay neat.

4)      You don’t have to trim all the damn time. Some holier-than-thou planter articles make it sound like pruning is this huge, all consuming thing. It can be, if you want it to. I do, because I enjoy it, and I like my plants more than my fish in all honesty. But you don’t have to. Trim when you need it, not on some air-tight schedule that can’t be defied. If you have a huge tank, trimming days will take a while. But if you trim right, you won’t have to do it once a week. Once a month is probably average, but more or less is fine.

5)      Don’t be afraid to be the Weed Wacker. I’ve had a lot of people tell me that they’re afraid of hurting their plants. I’m probably going to make a huge guide for pruning with pictures this week, but for now, let’s just generalize a few things: a) there are a few different kinds of plants, and each one grows differently, and therefore needs to be trimmed differently. In general, if something is brown, cut it off. It’s not doing the plant any favors, and your leafies will thank you for removing it. If you handle your plants for pruning, run your hands around the plant gently—if something pops loose, chances are it needed to come off. If you are unsure whether or not to pull a leaf off, give it a gentle tug. If it comes loose easily, it needed to be removed. If something is brown at the base, even if the leaf is green, it’s most likely dead, and fine to remove. B) another thing that I get a lot of people worried about is the roots. If it is say, a sword plant, or other plant that is all root, trim those bitches. I mean it, these things take 2 weeks and they look like medusa. They don’t need all of them, and they grow more pretty damn fast. I had a 3 inch plant take over half my 5.5 gal in 2 weeks in the roots, and you don’t notice until you pull it up. They aggressive little boogers and they will survive a trim. C) if you have a smaller tank, prune the BIG leaves. Not all of them, obviously, but when a plant is too big, snip the big boys. That way the smaller ones have time to grow, and you won’t have to prune as often. D) the more you chop, the longer you can go without pruning again. Now, don’t go overboard, leave the poor plant enough to regroup and stay alive, but you can probably trim them down pretty small if you want to.

6)      You don’t need CO2. For most plants, just having a few fish in with them is good enough. You do NOT have to spend hundreds of dollars on a system if you don’t want to. Do not let pet stores talk you into it, either. Unless you have a huge, very advanced tank, or a very large plant-only tank, chances are you don’t need one. But if you ever do decide to do one, be prepared to by the expensive stuff—just like filters and heaters, it’s better to just buy the better quality ones, even if it means a little less in your wallet. Cheap CO2 systems are just not worth the headache and they need a lot of replacing. It’s better to get the good stuff to start with.

7)      Get what YOU WANT. Now, this sounds obvious, but I feel like I need to say it anyway. Just like fish and other pets, a lot of people ask “what should I get for my first plant?” There’s nothing wrong with advice, obviously. A lot of opinions make for a lot of knowledge and help you make educated decisions. But do not let someone else say “These three plants are the only ones you can have as a beginner.” It’s just not true. Just like fish and snakes and other pets, if you don’t actually want the thing, DON’T GET IT JUST BECAUSE IT IS A “BEGGINER”.  You’ll regret it eventually if you do. Get what you want—if it’s a little more advanced, are you willing to put a little more effort into its care because it’s what you really want? If so, just get it. If you don’t like the way a plant looks, don’t get it anyway. Be self-aware about what you can or cannot handle, but in the end, it’s all your choice.

8)      Scientific names make things a lot easier. There are a lot of different names for a lot of different plants. It helps keep them from getting confused.

I hope this helps some of you who are stressing about your leaf-babies J Feel free to message me if you have any other questions or concerns, I’ll do my best to help. Plants are my babies, and I want everyone to be successful with their own.

Some good advice for beginners

Great advice; I see a lot of people who regard plant growing as some kind of rocket science that they need 4 years of education and a certificate for. Nope, just get started and you’ll fail and you’ll succeed and you’ll learn.

To add to the top part about bamboo: those lucky bamboo things aren’t even actual bamboo, they’re usually Dracaena sanderiana which is a lovely HOUSEPLANT. Many houseplants can grow with their roots submerged in water but they are definitely not fully aquatic. Other plants you should be weary of are Fittonia and Chlorophytum comosum (spider plant). They do make a wonderful addition to your tank if you put them in a breeder box/“aquaponics” type thing or something like that with just their roots in the water.

hello there! my mom has an old 10gal tank she …

hello there! my mom has an old 10gal tank she doesn't use anymore and I was wondering if there were any fish you'd recommend for that? maybe a single betta fish or a group of some very small social fish? I want to make the tank look like a natural environment rather than neon rocks and plastic plants. I'm interested in fish husbandry but don't know a lot! so any advice or other blogs you can direct me to would be super nice. ty!

 (jayce-space has a really good 10 gallon stocking list thing here that you should definitely check out!

Since you have an interest in the hobby but seem like a beginner as far as experience, you might want to go with a betta. they’re ubiquitous because they’re hardy and spunky and are generally better for beginners than other fish.

 if you wanted something a little different, you could look in to pea puffers or sparkling gouramis but keep in mind that these fish would be more difficult for beginners (pea puffers are picky eaters, you’d need live or frozen food and snails for them to munch on, sparkling gouramis might be difficult to find)

you could do a colony of shrimp but they might be sensitive to water fluctuations. i think you might be able to do a single dwarf crayfish in a 10. 

Personally i’d do sand and live plants if you want a more natural looking environment! you can get floating plants, short plants, and tall plants to really make your tank lush! the plants you will be able to take care of depend on the lighting and stocking of your tank. You’re probably gonna want to look for “low tech, low light, beginner plants” unless you have some nice lights.

Java fern and Anubias are pretty good options! make sure to research whether or not you can bury the plant in the substrate. some plants need to have their rhizomes exposed in order to thrive. some need to be buried because they don’t get as much nutrients from the water column. 

here’s a pretty nice list

you can buy aquarium plants locally or you can order them online. always check your local laws as to what plants are illegal to import/export. especially for floating plants (for example: i can’t get water hyacinth in texas because it’s not legal to import it here for environmental reasons) here’s a good resource for that 

if any of my followers want to comment with some advice feel free to do so! 


People in fishblr always talk about how hard it is to take pictures of their fish because of how fast they are, but personally I think the reflections are an even bigger pain

Anyone else name their aquatic friends?





My LFS/gf’s place of employment, thinks it’s hilarious that I’ve named some of my corals and fish. Anyone else name the creatures in their tanks?

Yep! Yoshi and Mario are my goby/shrimp pair. My black sun coral is Eclipse, the clam is Billie, one of the mushrooms is Denice, Beatrice is the barnacle

My mom had a lawnmower blenny named John Deer

My clownfish are Romeo and Valentine and my cleaner shrimp is Mr.Clean™️

Let’s see, in the marine tank, I have two trachyphyllia that I call Girl Tracy and Boy Tracy, I call my pom pom crabs Zoids, my red firefish is Ginger Spice/Ginger, twinspot goby is Mojave, blackline blenny is Dracula and I’ve yet to name my pygmy filefish and the group of zebra barred dartfish . Oh and the sea hare is Jessica (Rabbit), but I am only keeping her if she has enough to eat.