When I wrote about setting up our aquarium last year, I intended to post regular updates. I had done a ton of research into cycling the tank and buying the right equipment and food, and was all psyched up to pick out some fish with the kids. It was the big payoff after a month of prep work.

Within a month everything but one Giant Danio and the Mystery Snail were dead. Not the life lesson I was going for. My enthusiasm tanked as my frustration level increased. Other people I'd talked to had just dumped a bunch of fish in a tank and cleaned it when it got greenish and their fish were doing fine. Seriously?? 😕

What's mildly interesting is that for the last 6 months, that same Danio and the Mystery Snail have survived and seemed quiet happy together. In a 20 gallon tank by themselves. Spoiled brats.

I finally decided to get more fish a couple weeks ago, so here's the new gang:

Red eye tetra
Black skirt tetra (seriously, how are these in the same class of fish? so cool)
Sailfin molly (orange) and Dalmation molly
Uh oh, I've been spotted...

Frustratingly (what's new), the red eye tetra died after a week, so I replaced it with another of the same type. Then the snail that's lasted 6 months died. Everyone else is doing okay so far, but since the water tests okay and I'm completely perplexed, I started to wonder if the water wasn't being mixed with enough air.

The pump I had was rated for 20-40 gallons, but was only strong enough to keep one sponge filter going at a healthy rate. I replaced it with another Tetra pump, but for a 60 gallon tank, and it's now supporting both sponge filters and 2 short air stones.

And now we wait and see! 😏 🤞