Tank: 48litre - W39cm D33cm H43cm
lights x2 15W high light output flourescent energy saver lamps (one white, one blue) - just what it says on the box and I was told this would be ok for live plants? (It does look pretty bright in comparison to my other tank light which is coming up for renewal)
Substrate: Tetra Plant CompleteSubstrate (which I think is sort of the same as Eco-complete)
I did put some black gravel on the top but decided I prefered the look of the CompleteSubstrate so pushed the gravel to the back and added more of this instead.
Plants: just went for pretty ones :)
Alternanthera reineckii 'pink' (roseafolia)
Echinodorus bleheri (bleherae)
(remembered to keep the names as I may need to look up care - like I know what I'm doing lol)
Unfortunately the plants were in when I added more substrate and the leaves are covered in the stuff - I have tried wiping it off but the plants are very fragile so just have to put up with it and hope they survive!
I'm going to see how these plants get on b4 adding more and wont be adding stones, wood etc. til towards the end of the cycling (which I've no idea how long it will take)?
Had the tank running with plants in for 3 days just putting a little food in each day and did a water test (photo) b4 adding the first dose of cycle. I was a little surprised that the nitrites and ammonia start off at 0 and it's difficult to tell from the pic. but the nitrates are 5 :O)
I'm just about to check out the fishless cycle pages again so I can be sure I know what I'm doing
Pictures not very interesting but show how the water clouded and it's nearly clear a day later :O)
Plan is to get 4 DP (1m 3f) and hope I get lucky on that score then maybe some ottos although it's not looking good for those cos the substrate actively stops algae growth! opps never mind might have to look it to growing some specially on rocks, bogwood :O) if that's possible.