Tetra Zen

Concept Design for the Tetra Zen, 2014

Tetra Zen was the first tank I set up after moving into our new home, after much pleading with my hubby. "Fish are cheaper than therapy" I said, and he agreed to setting up a 29 gallon in our formal dining room. Since the stocking plan was primarily tetras and the aquascape ended up as something of an Asian/South American fusion, I started calling it the Tetra Zen in online forums, and the name stuck.

Tetra Zen 29

Now that I had an aquarium larger than a 5 gallon for the first time in almost 15 years, I found myself wanting more. Twenty-nine gallons seemed so limiting. How many schools of fish could I have in a larger aquarium, like a 40? Not surprisingly, my Christmas present the following year was a 40B, and by February I was moving my tetras into the new and improved Tetra Zen.

Tetra Zen 40B

  • Aqueon 40B w/36" Versatop
  • Aquaclear 70 HOB
  • Eheim 2215 canister
  • Eheim 300W heater
  • Finnex 24/7+
  • Quickrete pool filter sand (#40)
  • Estes Spectrastone (shallow creek, river rock & nutmeg, #75)
  • Plants (anubias, crypts, java fern)
  • Driftwood (locally collected)
  • Aquatop resin decor

  • Neon tetra (Paracheirodon innesi)
  • Black neon tetra (Hyphessobrycon herbertaxelrodi)
  • Rummynose tetra (Hemigrammus bleheri)
  • Oto (Otocinclus vestitus)
  • Julii cory (Corydoras julii)
  • Assorted nerites (Neritina natalensis)

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