first, id like to say THANKS to whoever began this awsome site. second, thanks to those many members who maintain its awesomeness! ive learned a lot about fishkeeping just by reading the threads and comments of the more experienced members and my betta loves you all for it
now onto my new tank: it will be a 20g long. im hoping to plant ~2/3 with easy to maintain(as im still a noob) species.
so my equipment so far is:
- aquaclear20 power filter
- an aqueon 50watt heater
- an aqueon full hood with a 24" 17watt 8000k full spectrum bulb(though i plan to replace the bulb with one more "plant friendly"
- for substate i was looking into the "fluval" substrate for planted aquariums, mainly because its the only one at my LFS that has the look im going for (the non coloured gravel look)
my tap water:
for stocking i was thinking:
- 1 bristlenose pleco
- 8 cardinal tetra
- 2 pepper corydoras
- 2 panda corydoras (one of which i already have in my 5gallon betta tank who needs a new home ASAP)
- 6 platys
- 1 sailfin molly or
2 dwarf gouramis
for plants, i wanted all easy to grow, hence i was thinking:
- anubias (one in my 5g atm)
- java moss
- water sprie
- moneywort (in my 5g atm)
- duckweed - im hoping to devise a way to keep it contained to 1/3 of the tank??? ( some in my 5g atm)
so, on to the questions:
I want to cycle the tank WITH fish. first, which fish out of my list would be best? second would it be ok to put my panda cory in at the beginning or should he stay with the betta till the 20g is cycled?
my next question is about cycling. i plan to put all the plants into the tank from the beginning. from what i understand this helps and hinders the cycle. helps because it gets rid of ammonia. hinders cause it leave none for the beneficial bacteria . i this correct??? what do you recommend i do?
i was going to move the filter from my 5 gallon to kick-start my 20g and replace it with a topfin power filter 10 or equivalent (suggestions?). is this a good plan? will it harm the 5g much?
so thats what ive got. comment and critiques are more than welcome