Well, I lost the red-tailed shark last night. Two nights ago he decided to find his way into the inside of the fake white rock. I thought he might just be exploring or hiding for some reason, but I think he got stuck in there. I finally got concerned last night and got him out, but he was looking rough. His tail fin was really shabby – about half the length it used to be, his color was washed out, and there was a large white rash on his side. I tried to feel him, and noticed he had trouble swimming, and would rest on the gravel a lot which he never did before. Around midnight, I noticed he wasn’t moving any more, so he got the Royal Flush treatment.

Oh well, it was fun while it lasted. Guess I need to find a way to plug up that big opening in that rock so no one else gets stuck.

The Move-In

I re-tested and the tank is now at a good 7.0 pH, so I decided to move everyone in. All 33 inhabitants are now testing out the new crib. The current roster is:

  • (1) Snail (*Unknown species)
  • (2) Dalmation Molly
  • (1) Lg White Molly
  • (2) Sm White Molly
  • (5) Neon Tetra
  • (1) Lemon Tetra
  • (2) Lg Plecostomus
  • (5) Cory Catfish
  • (1) Lg Red-Tailed Shark
  • (5) Serpae Tetra
  • (7) Orange Tiger Barb
  • (1) Indigo Betta

I also planted the 2 Sword plants and the 5 Money Wort plants.


The Final Tank

I’ve been sick since Tuesday night, and finally started feeling good enough yesterday afternoon to go out and get some fresh air. My wandering found me at Pet Smart where I decided to finally make the leap: I bought a new freshwater tank.

I picked up a Top Fin 37-gallon Starter Kit which came with:

  • The tank (30.25″ L x 12.5″ W x 22.75″ H)
  • Hood with a 20-watt, 30″ fluorescent bulb
  • Glass canopy
  • Adjustable 200-watt heater
  • Strip thermometer
  • Top Fin Power Filter 40 with cartridge
  • Sample fish food, water treatment pack

I also bought:

  • Black stand with doors
  • (4) new Money Wort plants
  • (4) Neon Tetras
  • Glass thermometer
  • Blue background
  • Extra carbon pellets

After getting home, I drained the 20-gallon temporary tank that was on the kitchen counter and relocated the fish into a plastic tote, then did the same with the 10-gallon tank and put those fish in a different tote (alone with the new tetras and plants).

I was then able to tear apart the 10-gallon tank and move the old stand from it’s resting place. I built the new stand and put it in place, then placed the tank on it. After mounting the blue background and properly trimming it, I pushed the entire system against the wall, mounted the filter and heater, and prepped all the electrical.

After emptying the 10 and 20-gallon tanks, I cleaned all the gravel and got the 25-lb. bag of gravel from the closet and rinsed it too. That all went in the tank, and then I added the fake rocks and plants, and mounted the thermometer.

Lastly, I added the water in. After starting up the filter and heater, I tested the pH and found it to be higher than 7.6, essentially meaning it was off my chart. I added some pH balancer before going to bed. After waking up this morning, I retested and the pH was still at the 7.6+ level, so I added in another batch of treatment as well as some balancing pellets. I’m hoping the water is ready for the plants and fish in the next few hours.