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Title: Jack's 60L Aquarium
Post by: JackH on May 13, 2018, 12:30:10 pm
Hello all!  *2116*

So today I will start my tank log and try keep this log updated the best I can providing I'm not working night shift.

So currently my aquarium has been set up a while and was fishless cycled and recently i Added 7 Cherry Barbs to the tank.

I have a couple lovely bog wood logs and a cave for hiding with some fake plants. I have kept real plants in the past but not sure I will have the time to maintain them with work commitments.

My plans for once he Barbs are settled in are either;

1. Bump up to 12 Cherry Barbs and add a center piece fish such as a Honey Gourami
2. Stay at 7 Cherry Barbs and add 12 Neon Tetras.

Pictures (I'm terrible at pictures so please exscuse)
Title: Re: Jack's 60L Aquarium
Post by: Stephen on May 13, 2018, 12:54:06 pm
Are you in a soft water area ?
If yes then maybe some smaller corydoras for the bottom area such as 5 x Salt and Pepper Cory (Corydoras habrosus).

Salt and Pepper Cory (Corydoras habrosus)
(http://www.asdl.eclipse.co.uk/fish/corydoras_habrosus3.jpg)
Title: Re: Jack's 60L Aquarium
Post by: JackH on May 13, 2018, 12:57:51 pm
Yes the water is very soft in my area.

They look lovely, would I be better off with 12x Cherry Barbs and like 5 of those?

Although i am looking to have a very colourful tank so thats why i was thinking Neons
Title: Re: Jack's 60L Aquarium
Post by: Stephen on May 13, 2018, 01:07:23 pm
Yes the water is very soft in my area.

They look lovely, would I be better off with 12x Cherry Barbs and like 5 of those?

Although i am looking to have a very colourful tank so thats why i was thinking Neons
Maybe try to get 5 x small cory (they need to be in a group of 5+) and make up with some neon tetra or maybe small pencilfish such as Golden Pencilfish (Nannostomus beckfordi) which will hang around the top half of the tank water. This will give activity in all parts of the tank, top, middle & bottom. Just a thought.

Golden Pencilfish (Nannostomus beckfordi)
(http://www.asdl.eclipse.co.uk/fish/nannostomus_beckfordi(2).jpg)
Title: Re: Jack's 60L Aquarium
Post by: JackH on May 13, 2018, 01:10:43 pm
I'm not sure about the pencil fish seeing as the Cherry Barbs will already bring that kind of red to the tank. That's why i thought maybe Neons would be nice to bring that lovely blue off them into the community
Title: Re: Jack's 60L Aquarium
Post by: Stephen on May 13, 2018, 01:41:36 pm
I'm not sure about the pencil fish seeing as the Cherry Barbs will already bring that kind of red to the tank. That's why i thought maybe Neons would be nice to bring that lovely blue off them into the community
Neons are nice and would be compatible to the water temperature for Cherry barbs and the corydoras (22/23C)
Title: Re: Jack's 60L Aquarium
Post by: JackH on May 13, 2018, 01:46:17 pm
Great, I think i will go for some neons in a few weeks once the Barbs are settled in and think about some Cory's
Title: Re: Jack's 60L Aquarium
Post by: Stephen on May 13, 2018, 02:00:16 pm
Great, I think i will go for some neons in a few weeks once the Barbs are settled in and think about some Cory's
It will look good, I'm sure  *grin*
Title: Re: Jack's 60L Aquarium
Post by: JackH on May 13, 2018, 02:21:29 pm
I think my plan moving forward with this Aquarium is:

7x Cherry Barbs
12x Neon Tetras

I also want to slowly bring some live plants in, like stated earlier i have demanding work commitments sometimes so I think i just want to start with some moss to grow around my bogwood. I kept plants in the past with a wide variety of them but always found them to take some time to maintain during water changes etc.
Title: Re: Jack's 60L Aquarium
Post by: JackH on May 14, 2018, 06:09:50 am
Pictures of the aquarium and yes I am shockingly bad at pictures I haven't figured it put yet!
Title: Re: Jack's 60L Aquarium
Post by: plankton on May 14, 2018, 09:04:43 am
If you go for any of the "dwarf" corys, get at least 8, they feel safer in bigger groups.
They will also shoal with tetra when they feel like it. :)
Title: Re: Jack's 60L Aquarium
Post by: JackH on May 14, 2018, 10:16:27 am
If you go for any of the "dwarf" corys, get at least 8, they feel safer in bigger groups.
They will also shoal with tetra when they feel like it. :)

What would be q good Cory for soft water in a 60L

If I decide to add cories I'll be bringing the Neons down to 8
Title: Re: Jack's 60L Aquarium
Post by: plankton on May 14, 2018, 12:26:10 pm
Any of the corys are fine in a 60l.
You could still have the cherries, neons and corys (either pygmeus, hastatus or habrosus) at the numbers you want. ;)
Title: Re: Jack's 60L Aquarium
Post by: JackH on May 14, 2018, 02:31:36 pm
Any of the corys are fine in a 60l.
You could still have the cherries, neons and corys (either pygmeus, hastatus or habrosus) at the numbers you want. ;)

So 7x cherry barbs and 12x Neon Tetras would be fine with 6-8 corys? I don't want to overstock
Title: Jack's 60L Aquarium
Post by: Theycallitguppylove on May 14, 2018, 02:44:45 pm
Your 60l tank is a total SNAP with mine!! ☺️

In my 60l I had 7 cherry barbs, 11 green neons (only asked for 9....ended up with 11!) and 5 c.habrosus

Had to move the corys to my new guppy tank though as temp was a tad high for them once I got my blue rams.

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Title: Re: Jack's 60L Aquarium
Post by: JackH on May 14, 2018, 02:57:09 pm
Your 60l tank is a total SNAP with mine!! ☺️

In my 60l I had 7 cherry barbs, 11 green neons (only asked for 9....ended up with 11!) and 5 c.habrosus

Had to move the corys to my new guppy tank though as temp was a tad high for them once I got my blue rams.

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Your tank is much better looking though
Title: Re: Jack's 60L Aquarium
Post by: Theycallitguppylove on May 14, 2018, 03:23:26 pm
Oh no I like yours!! *thumbsup*


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Title: Re: Jack's 60L Aquarium
Post by: JackH on May 14, 2018, 04:31:43 pm
Thanks!
Title: Re: Jack's 60L Aquarium
Post by: JackH on May 14, 2018, 09:50:25 pm
[attach=2]New air pump arrived and installed to the aquarium and it looks great!
Also got some pictures of the tank, please let me know what you think of the photo I have been messing with settings. There is also a picture or two of the barbs as they are starting to explore more!
(Yes I know there is sand on the plant, i ruffled some sand messing with the bubble stone.

20% Water Change tomorrow and the fish will be getting freeze dried blood worms for the first time!
Title: Re: Jack's 60L Aquarium
Post by: Theycallitguppylove on May 15, 2018, 06:58:01 am
Looks great! *thumbsup*


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Title: Re: Jack's 60L Aquarium
Post by: plankton on May 15, 2018, 08:19:14 am
Looks good. :)
Don't forget to soak the freeze-dried food in tankwater for at least 20 mins to rehydrate. ;)
Title: Re: Jack's 60L Aquarium
Post by: JackH on May 15, 2018, 09:25:09 am
Thanks guys, and Yeh good job you reminded me that I would've have forgot seeing as it's been a couple years since I used blood worms haha
Title: Re: Jack's 60L Aquarium
Post by: JackH on May 15, 2018, 09:41:12 pm
Fish loved the blood worms, was the most active I have seen them yet. Their colours are getting more vibrant by the day and they are becoming more accustomed to people.

I added some new sand on top of the old sand as it was getting thin, rinsed thoroughly and is slightly different colour to the old sand but i don't mind the mix!

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Title: Re: Jack's 60L Aquarium
Post by: JackH on May 18, 2018, 06:12:58 pm
So I looked up the water Hardness levels in my area and as a was sure i have soft water. So this should suit tetras and barbs

Calcium mgCa/l - 16.36
Magnesium mgMg/l - 1.21
Hardness as mg/l CaCo3 - 45.81
Clark degrees - 3.21
French Degrees - 4.58
German Degrees - 2.57


Title: Re: Jack's 60L Aquarium
Post by: plankton on May 18, 2018, 07:22:55 pm
Yes, lovely and soft.
I know what I would keep and breed in that.......zebra plecs. My wife would have other ideas about spending hundreds on fish though...... ;)
Title: Re: Jack's 60L Aquarium
Post by: JackH on May 18, 2018, 09:28:38 pm
Yes, lovely and soft.
I know what I would keep and breed in that.......zebra plecs. My wife would have other ideas about spending hundreds on fish though...... ;)

You would have to speak very nicely to her  *mock* Also just googled Zebra Plcs...they look so funky and cool
Title: Re: Jack's 60L Aquarium
Post by: JackH on May 18, 2018, 10:18:50 pm
With the fish settling in nicely a week on, I have been able to check the male:female ratio.

It would appear i have 2 males and 5 females, so not much colour as i would like to have but i plan to add neons in the next couple weeks once things quiet down at work.
Title: Re: Jack's 60L Aquarium
Post by: Theycallitguppylove on May 18, 2018, 10:48:38 pm
I think the female cherry barbs are beautiful! I have one in particular and her gold stripe is stunningly bright. Hopefully yours will colour up more! I bought more females as the males were too aggressive with each other so I think your ratio is ok ☺️


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Title: Re: Jack's 60L Aquarium
Post by: JackH on May 19, 2018, 11:28:58 am
Yeah they are nice but I love the bright red of the males
Title: Re: Jack's 60L Aquarium
Post by: JackH on May 19, 2018, 09:08:41 pm
I was wondering if my lighting hours are ok, i have no live plants in the aquarium so its more for reducing algae.
Currently, 10am-1pm, 2pm-10pm

Tonight's water tests:

PH (low) - 7.6
PH (High) - 7.4
Ammonia - 0ppm
Nitrite - 0ppm
Nitrate - 0ppm

All looking well, fish are very active and their colours look great and eating well.  *fish2*
Title: Re: Jack's 60L Aquarium
Post by: Stephen on May 20, 2018, 12:29:47 am
pH is pH7.4 ;)

I would keep the lights on for a maximum of 8 hours a day and for when you are at home.
No need to have the lights on if you are usually not at home for some hours (work or other commitments).
The lights are only there for your enjoyment of the fish.
I would also recommend a digital timer if you're not already using one ;)
Title: Re: Jack's 60L Aquarium
Post by: JackH on May 20, 2018, 11:36:29 am
Thanks, I think I will have the lights go off for a few hours during the day when I am at work. I have a normal timer on the lights right now

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Title: Re: Jack's 60L Aquarium
Post by: JackH on May 20, 2018, 03:47:14 pm
Think my M:F ratio is changing  *mock* One of the 'females' was very very small when i bought them, looked very young even for selling but in the last day or so is getting more cherry coloured, so i think i may have 3M:4F
Title: Re: Jack's 60L Aquarium
Post by: JackH on June 29, 2018, 09:53:34 pm
Been a while, all fish are doing great and tank is nice and healthy.

Question I have is,

On Tuesday I leave to work away for 2 weeks, I will be home on the weekend in between for my Girlfriends parents anniversary party so I am not sure i will be able to clean the tank when im home.

Would it be ok for the tank if i do a 60% water change the night before I leave for tide the tank over till i return from working away?
Title: Re: Jack's 60L Aquarium
Post by: plankton on June 30, 2018, 09:37:16 am
That's fine :)
Title: Re: Jack's 60L Aquarium
Post by: JackH on January 02, 2019, 01:38:30 am
Hello all and happy New year!

It's been a while since I was on here due to work and family commitments.
Update for the tank is all is well although I lost 2 fish. One was very old I'd had many years and the other seem to vanish. Not under and decorations, in the filter or outside the tank (unless it jumped during cleaning and the dog got it)

So currently 5 cherry barbs are in place very healthy.
Current plan this weekend after work is to head for dobbies and buy 8 neon tetra.

No pictures this time but hopefully shortly.
Title: Re: Jack's 60L Aquarium
Post by: JackH on January 05, 2019, 10:46:58 am
Today is the day (if they have stock) that the neons will be bought.

In a fee weeks I plan on maybe adding something else. Ideally I would like to add an algae eater. What would be a good one for a 60L
Title: Re: Jack's 60L Aquarium
Post by: JackH on January 05, 2019, 08:03:11 pm
8 Neon Tertas have been bought and added to the aquarium. Pictures will follow tomorrow  *grin*
Title: Re: Jack's 60L Aquarium
Post by: plankton on January 06, 2019, 10:59:15 am
Otos would be fine in your tank with your nice soft water.
Remember that they are fragile though and need a good amount of algae for them to settle.
Title: Re: Jack's 60L Aquarium
Post by: JackH on January 06, 2019, 11:01:37 am
Otos would be fine in your tank with your nice soft water.
Remember that they are fragile though and need a good amount of algae for them to settle.

Do they like to be kept in groups or can they be happily kept alone?
Title: Re: Jack's 60L Aquarium
Post by: plankton on January 06, 2019, 11:14:42 am
Groups of 4+ really.
Title: Re: Jack's 60L Aquarium
Post by: JackH on January 06, 2019, 03:39:32 pm
Neons are doing well not hiding much and ate well today.
Quick question is,
I got a 0.25ppm ammonia (expected from additional fish) would the fish be ok to leave till tomorrow night for a small water change or just do it today as i don't want to stress the new fish too much?
Title: Re: Jack's 60L Aquarium
Post by: Gingerlove05 on January 06, 2019, 04:39:48 pm
Might be worth doing a small change or adding a dose of seachem prime if you have it on hand. Just make sure you dose enough for the entire tank volume it will help detoxify any ammonia for the next 24hours.
Title: Re: Jack's 60L Aquarium
Post by: JackH on January 06, 2019, 05:12:44 pm
Thanks, i don't have seachem so I just done a small 10% water change. Few of the neons are hiding a bit stressed but they should be ok soon.
Title: Re: Jack's 60L Aquarium
Post by: JackH on January 06, 2019, 05:38:51 pm
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Title: Re: Jack's 60L Aquarium
Post by: Gingerlove05 on January 06, 2019, 06:44:50 pm
They should be fine the water change will do them more good than the ammonia, it might be worth leaving the light out to help let them settle down.
Title: Re: Jack's 60L Aquarium
Post by: JackH on January 07, 2019, 05:05:58 pm
Fish seem all good today. Neons are being rather playful coming up to the glass so I think they are settling in more now. 1 or 2 of them are still timid hiding in the back but I'm sure over time they will be more adventurous.

Ammonia 0
Nitrate 0
Nitrite 0
Title: Re: Jack's 60L Aquarium
Post by: VC on January 07, 2019, 08:12:01 pm
Glad they’re starting to settle. Tank looks great!
Title: Re: Jack's 60L Aquarium
Post by: JackH on January 08, 2019, 09:40:09 pm
Bloodworms were on the menu today (all fish went wild as expected
)neon colours are looking more vibrant day by day.

I was thinking maybe adding a couple moss balls as I don't have live plants (or have time to maintain them) however I though they could maybe benefit the tank a little.
Title: Re: Jack's 60L Aquarium
Post by: thebendyfox on January 09, 2019, 12:02:53 pm
Moss balls are great if you have shrimp, as they act almost like an internal filter sponge and catch bits of food and stuff. If you don't have shrimp or "grazing" fish, then it may just create a spot in your tank where rubbish collects.

If you like the look of them, then go for it.

Basic live plants take very little looking after if you have the water quality where you want it, a little trim now and then. You certainly don't need to go full Co2 and Alan Titchmarsh.
Title: Re: Jack's 60L Aquarium
Post by: JackH on January 09, 2019, 08:19:52 pm
Yeh I might pass on them cause i don't think I'll be adding any shrimp.
I don't really have a whole lot of room to place them as decor
Title: Re: Jack's 60L Aquarium
Post by: JackH on April 02, 2020, 05:11:09 pm
So it's been a while...or a year  *blink*

Not really changed much over this time except a couple plants. Recently had some fin rot riddling the tank out of nowhere and went down the 4 cherry barbs and 5 neon's now. Not great but glad most survived.

Been thinking about making some big changed to the tank as i now have plenty time, with everything going on I'm laid off work for 12 weeks min.
So my plan was to change out the sand in my tank as its no longer working for me and i want a change. With me having neon's, i want to change to black gravel. I think the contrast of the black gravel to the neon colour, and the bright plants will really make the tank pop!
I have had black sand in the past but i wasn't a fan of it and i've seen a few tanks with neon's and black gravel and it really looks good.
Title: Re: Jack's 60L Aquarium
Post by: JackH on April 08, 2020, 05:28:34 pm
Really thinking about going ahead with the substrate change. Looking to buy this gravel. Thoughts?

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Marina-Decorative-Aquarium-Gravel-Black/dp/B008AV7YCS/ref=sr_1_2?crid=2IUJO7ILYO5O3&dchild=1&keywords=marina%2Bblack%2Bgravel&qid=1586363240&sprefix=marina%2Bbl%2Caps%2C152&sr=8-2&th=1