30 Gallon Planted Tank

This tank is definitely a bit of an oddball tank. It’s pretty much turned into a tank that I put fish that I buy for other tanks, but don’t really work well there. There’s a mix of medium to larger fish, along with some tiny fish. Everyone seems to get along without any issues of aggression or attempted eating. I’ve ended up letting the plants just take over and let the tannins from the driftwood darken the water overtime, which is probably closer to their natural habitat, but it doesn’t make for the prettiest tank.


Aquarium: 30 gallon
Lighting: NICREW SkyLED Plus
Lighting Controller: NICREW Single Channel LED Light Timer Pro
Filtration: Tetra Whisper Internal Aquarium Power Filter with BioScrubber, 20-40 gal
Heater: Aqueon Pro Aquarium Heater, 150 watt
Algae Scrapper: Aqueon Scrapper


Sparkling GouramiScarlet Badis
Sparkling Gouramis
Pygmy Cories
False Julii Cory
Otocinclus Catfish
Yellowtail Spiny Eel
Lohachata Botia Loach
Upside Down Catfish
Nerite Snails
Amano Shrimp
Yellow Spiny EelVarious Neocaridina Shrimp
Madagascar Lace Plant
Java Fern
Java Moss
Rotala Indica
Duck Weed 🙁



Reseal AquariumFor this tank I ended up using the same tank I used in my 30 Gallon Paludarium, but since the tank itself was so old, I decided to reseal it. I scraped all the old visible silicon, resealed with new aquarium silicon, and let it dry. I didn’t completely dismantle the aquarium, I only scraped the silicon on the inside edges. It wasn’t too complicated, and definitely cheaper than buying a new 30 gallon tank.

Rock Wall DividerThen with some black corrugated plastic I created a divider where I planned on putting dirt and capping with gravel for plants. This allowed me to have sand in the front part of the tank without worrying about the dirt mixing in. I then used silicone to stick some rocks to the divider which made it look like a rock wall divider. I was happy with the overall result.


Aquarium Leak Test
My Daughter helping with the leak test
Rock Wall Divider
Better look at the rock wall divider
30 gallon planted
Full Tank View
Madagascar Lace Plant Flower
Madagascar Lace Plant Flower
Scarlet Badis
Scarlet Badis
amano shrimp
Amano Shrimp
Lohachata Botia Loach
Lohachata Botia Loach
Red Dwarf Aquarium Lily
Red Dwarf Aquarium Lily