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Chris Hannah's Progress Blog

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Chris Hannah's Progress Blog

Postby chrishannah » Wed Aug 18, 2010 9:06 pm

Hello, i'm Chris Hannah and i've decided to start a blog here showing the progress of my tanks and what i have done.

First of all, I decided to get my own fish tank. I chose two shubunkins in what i think is a decent sized kit for beginners. I then got some rocks and live plants, but the plants didn't stay in the gravel so after a while they have become just floating at the top.

Then about two months after my girlfriend gave me two baby fish from her pond which were black and after a day one had changed into a dull gold and the other one has recently turned a pearly colour.

Here's the tank at that point:
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And here's the baby fish:
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After that i redesigned it with some rocks from the beach and with some more plants.

And i decided that the tank was too small for my fish and as i recently turned 18 i bought a whole new set-up.

My Set up is now:
- Clear Seal 26"x12"x15" Tank (Approx 17 UK Gallons)
- Fluval UV Underwater Filter
- Brown Sand
- Piece of Wood
- Large White Rocks
- Snail Ornament
- Few bits of Pond weed (this will be replaced soon with some moss and other plants.)

Here is a picture of the tank at the moment:
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And here are the products i use for my tank:
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Thats all for now :)
I shall post an update when i get more plants.
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Re: Chris Hannah's Progress Blog

Postby Blowfish » Wed Aug 18, 2010 9:17 pm

Awwwww thats lovely.... i think its great when folks start out in this hobby,good start but be aware these fish will outgrow this aquarium....enjoy em now but be prepared to upgrade your aquarium!!
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Re: Chris Hannah's Progress Blog

Postby chrishannah » Wed Aug 18, 2010 9:35 pm

:) Thanks, how long do you think i have until they outgrow the tank. Because i've just bought this new tank.
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Re: Chris Hannah's Progress Blog

Postby Blowfish » Wed Aug 18, 2010 9:48 pm

Some fish grow quicker/larger than others(just like us :-): )
I would say approx a year or so..... just wanted you to be aware that the average size of these fish is 8"-10".....
Enjoy it for now and see if you enjoy the hobby....if you do you will more than likely want to get an adequit upgrade when the time comes :thu:
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Re: Chris Hannah's Progress Blog

Postby chrishannah » Wed Aug 18, 2010 9:56 pm

Oh well if its about a year, that should be fine :)
By then, i would want to have maybe multiple tanks set up.

At the moment i'm thinking about getting a few tetras in my old 6 gallon.
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Re: Chris Hannah's Progress Blog

Postby Blowfish » Wed Aug 18, 2010 9:58 pm

:rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :-): :-): :-):
Stupidly addictive hobby :thu:
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Re: Chris Hannah's Progress Blog

Postby chrishannah » Wed Aug 18, 2010 10:09 pm

Haha i totally agree!
But it seems no-one else i know understands how interesting fish are.
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Re: Chris Hannah's Progress Blog

Postby Blowfish » Wed Aug 18, 2010 10:15 pm

Apart from us......shhhhhhhh :beer:
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Re: Chris Hannah's Progress Blog

Postby chrishannah » Wed Aug 18, 2010 10:36 pm

Yep :)
Oh and i'm just wondering about plants for my tank.
I want to get rid of the pond weed, and get some sort of moss.
Have you got any suggestions?

I would really like to make my tank look better so really any advice would be helpful :)
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Re: Chris Hannah's Progress Blog

Postby Blowfish » Wed Aug 18, 2010 11:02 pm

I would prob try java moss,java fern,cryptocorynes and anubias (google image them)
These are all hardy and dont need too much expertise,a bit of liquid plant food normally enough and a decent plant gro bulb!
These can be grown onto rocks,wood or ornaments to give some pretty arty results!!
Also google image/you tube Takeshi Amano......
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