I've posted a bit on Bettafish.com and I love it there, but this aquarium will not have my betta in it so I figured I would try out TFK because I heard good things about it from some of the other guys.
I bought a 20 gallon long off craigslist with black sand, a hood a filter and a heater. I'm ditching the filter because I think my aquaclear 20 is better, but everything else I have cleaned and I have the tank filled and cycling. I'm completely replacing my 5 gallon(which will become my sick tank). I'm using all the same decor, equipment and plants from my already cycled 5 gallon(livestock as well). The only exception being extra Sand(or another substrate, see below) and a heater. I will be moving a Sponge filter rated for up to 40 Gallons I believe and a Aquaclear 20 filter. Since both were already part of a cycled well maintained aquarium, Do I still have to cycle the 20 long? My thoughts were that I would just transfer everything, and let it cycle for a week. I was hoping that having already cycled equipment and decor would save me some time on the cycle, but I want to do it right so I didn't want to jump the gun.
I'm also moving quite a lot of low light plants over to the new aquarium. I love keeping live plants, Especially the low light/low maintenance ones. I think they look so much better than the fake plants and I think the livestock appreciate them more. I had sand in the 5 gallon but I was looking into other substrates, Mainly floramax, because it is the easiest for me to get. Would a layer of that under the sand still provide all the nutrients or should I just go with straight floramax? I know its not completely necessary with the plants I have, but I may eventually get some more demanding plants and I don't want to have to redue the entire tank to add them. I currently use Seachem Flourish and excel weekly and the plants are doing great. Should I bother with the floramax or another substrate right now?
Currently in my 5 gallon tank I have an amazing clean up crew consisting of 2 albino corys, a otocinclus, 5 ghost shrimp, and a zebra nerite snail. I also have 2 baby black mollies my dad gave me from his last batch. I plan to add 3 or so more corys, and another oto. I would like to get a nice set of schooling fish, like neon tetras or something like that. suggestions would be very helpful. I want something that is colorful to add a little be of moving pop to the tank. I noticed that currently all of my livestock is either black, white or clear. so I need some color, although I do kinda like the black and white theme...
I'm also looking for ways to add some depth to my aquarium. I was thinking about having a sand hill towards one of the back corners, but that is kinda boring so any other suggestions would be great. Pictures of some natural 20 gallon longs would be great if you would like to show off you tanks and give me some ideas of what mine could look like.
Thanks everyone in advance!