I just read the 4 part plant primer. Great work Byron.
I've come to the conclusion that I've gone as far as I can go, as far as trying to create the high tech fresh water/artificial aquarium goes. I have the following which all is part of having artificial decorations:
- high quality DI water machine
- timed light set to precise measurents
- lots of air stones. bubble effects, on a high end air machine for the fish's oxygen
- oversized cannister filter for massive filtration, bacterial coloniy, and chemical filtration
- lots of current from the properly placed head from the cannister
All of the expensive filtration, chemicals, air, and time consuming maintenance could be avoided using live plants. I've come to the conclusion that live plants make the aquarium a lot less expensive and easier to maintain.
I'm gonna experiment with my water for a bit to reconstitute with tap water. Maybe a month or so. Then I'm gonna plunge into swapping out for live plants.
Byron, I used to have fairly large black gravel. 4mm+ size. I swaped it out for sand for the cories and loach. Would this sand be adequate for plants? You talked aobut it being too compact. What about using potted plants?
All I have now is 1 horse faced. 1 bronze corry with no fins left. And maybe 5 neons and 1 black phantom. No big deal if I loose them. I havn't been restocking until I get my routine straightened out. They are all around 4 years old and the neons are slowly dying off 1 at a time from old age. It woldn't bother me to restock the tank. Any suggestions for a 30 gallon freshwater.
My next tank will be a 120g or larger salt water built in tank with sump. For fresh I am just going to keep the 30g and that's it.