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The 30 gallon fish tank stand is getting an upgrade – Sides!

With Clara crawling, it is time to baby-proof the house. One big project to tackle is the fish tank. Currently the 30 gallon tank sits on a custom stand made of 2x4s. There is a shelf on the bottom, that inevitably winds up holding tank gear. It is open for all the world to see. We are going to be closing it in  so that Clara cannot get ahold of any of the chemicals or electrical connections that are kept on that shelf.

This stand is fairly old, so this update will give is a whole new life. I do not recall exactly when we found this, but my buddy Jordan got it first I think- when we were teens still!

Here is the cardboard mock up of our solution.


How to get rid of black algae in an aquarium

For years, well really nearly 3 decades, my father and I have been raising tropical freshwater fish. Occasionally the tank will somehow acquire a growth of black algae.

Black algae is insidious. Once you get it it is impossible to get rid of without tearing the tank apart and bleaching everything. The danger here is that bleach is highly toxic to fish. Even a single drop can kill off an entire 120 gallon tank full of fish.

Maybe the most popularly debated topic online is how to get rid of black algae, and until now nothing has worked.

I accidentally ran across the answer over a month ago!!! Here it is:

My heater (~16 years old!) failed and failed on. The temperature in the tank spiked to 110F before I noticed.

Over the weeks the tank, which previously was completely covered with black algae, has cleared up. Even the normal green algae is gone!

I do not recommend getting your tank that hot with the fish in it. All but 2 of my fish died :(. You can put them in a temporary holding tank, or buckets, while you heat up the tank.

I am curious to know of anyone else out there who has tried this method and how it worked for you.

Edit (Feb 2017): Noting from a commenter- My tank did not have any live plants in it. They are all plastic.

Here are a couple pics of my tank today. I wish I had a before pic to show you, even the plants were covered in the black algae.

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Ocellaris Clown Fish

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From Kaijas in Chehalis, WA

Jokes on you!

When I travel the fish usually rip apart the plants in their tank. Usually this indicates they are not getting enough food, but these fish are vindictive. They never eat the plants, just tear them up to let me know they are unhappy.

For a couple weeks now their tank has been barren and plantless. Typically I prefer live plants but in this situation I opted for som plastic plants. The green color really enhances the tank appearance. Tried two plants to see how they look and fake plants have come a long way since I was a child.

Try to destroy these plants suckers!


New family member- spunky albino Angelfish

Meet the newest member of my aquatic family. A spunky albino Angelfish.


This is the first albino angel I have had. Looking forward to watching its interactions.

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