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Restarted 37g Community Tank

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My family has had a tank for about 7 years now. For those 7 years, I've mistakenly believed it was a 29 gallon. Whoops! Anyway, this tank has gone through a few inhabitants and since my father passed away, it was mostly abandoned. We occasionally did water changes, but stopped adding fish. It developed old tank syndrome which we have since taken care of and everything in the ammonia cycle is at 0 except for nitrates that are below 10ppm.

So instead of relocating the four rummynose tetras and three serpae tetras that were living peacefully and appeared to be healthy for the past couple of years, we decided to keep it as a community tank. We've also gotten rid of the more colorful fake plants to add more realistic fake plants and a large piece of driftwood (still not quite ready to move to a planted tank, but my LFS said that there are quite a few plants that require neither bright lighting nor CO2).

So far, the Rummynose shoal has gone up to seven members and the serpae are up to 10. I want to get 3 more Rummynose and add a shoal of 10 Cardinal tetras. Then I'm not sure what I want. I know that there are successful stories of male autolinking image/tetra shoals so I may want to try that. But I know every autolinking image is different and it may decide that it doesn't like colorful fish even if they lack elegant fins.

Anyway, here are the photos!

P.S. The driftwood unfortunately still drifts, so the rock and plant with the rock-base hold it down.
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Re: Restarted 37g Community Tank

Pretty. Not sure what you mean by old tank syndrome? Can you explain? Maybe consider some live plants to bring a more natural look?

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Re: Restarted 37g Community Tank

The short version of old tank syndrome is that nitrates climb very, very high but the fish in the tank get acclimated to it because it happens slowly over time. Basically the fish in the tank act normal and appear healthy while the water stays clear but adding any new fish would be impossible as they'd die due to the off the charts nitrate level.

My only concern about live plants is that I don't particularly want to install a CO2 system nor change the lighting. I'm going to work on that with a new LFS that I've found who so far, have been very helpful.
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I've added the Cardinals and added some black gravel to go on top of my old gravel which I found was "reducing" the colors of the Rummynoses/Serpaes. Unfortunately, it didn't make those fish pop up more but I do prefer the way the tank looks now.

Also, apparently I've got way way more MTS than I thought.
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Re: Restarted 37g Community Tank

You can certainly have a planted tank without CO2. Just choose the right plants that use low-med light. Anubias and java fern are two options, but these should be glued or tied to driftwood or large rocks. Their rhizomes cannot be planted in the soil.

Hygro Difformis (Wisteria) and hygro angustifolia, as well as crypt wendtii and crypt undulata are a few more that have low-med light needs and do well without CO2.
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Thanks for the info! Currently waiting on the driftwood to fully sink on its own before I add any live plants.
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