Update time. After a week some of the plants have started to grow. I had not realized how much some had grown until I looked at last weeks newly planted pictures and the pics this morning.
Last night it was add some fish time to the 90g tank.. The parameters have been great all week so I bought 3 male and 6 female Dwarf Neon Rainbows and 2 Longfin BN Pleco's. One is older and a bit bigger than the other.
So first off time to acclimate and putting them in the tank. Acclimation no problem. Getting them out of the bag and into the tank....bit more problem. First time I have done and I am not sure who it was more traumatic for...them or me
Got them in and zoooooooom down to the plants they all went to hide. I had the aquarium lights off to help them and only had the room lights on. After a couple hours a few were moving around the plants a bit but one was not happy at all. It was up at the surface gulping and hanging tail down on a 45 deg angle. I was worried going to bed that it might not make the night.
I got up this morning and more of the rainbows were moving around the plants and the one from the night before was still up top but was moving down to the centre of the tank then going back to the top to gulp air.
At this point I decided to turn the aquarium lights on early to get the plants to start to make o2 for the tank. Well what an amazing difference. Withing 15 minutes all the fish were moving around the plants on the bottom and in a couple small schools other than the one top fish which was by itself BUT down in the plants. Within an hour they had schooled up all together and were swimming amongst the plants. They are still breathing pretty fast but to be honest I don't remember how fast they were breathing in the LFS tank so need to go back and check that today to compare. Checked parameters this morning quickly and PH was 7.8 up a bit from 7.6-7.8 but not much. Ammonia was 0, Nitrite was 0.1 and Nitrate was 0 so that was good to see. After going to bed last night wondering if I was aphyxiating all my fish this morning they seemed to be a bit more settled. I wonder if it was my tank or them being in the bag the 80-90 minutes it took me to get home from the LFS or a combination of that and stress.... Anyways I feel a LOT better about them this morning.
The bigger pleco was going to town this morning on the driftwood and looked happy enough. After turning on the aquarium lights he started to slow down some and stay under the dw in darker areas. The small one I had no clue where he was this morning. I couldn't find him and expected he was hiding. I have a small floating log in the tank which I wasn't sure I was even going to use. It was there to give fish that prefer the top of the tank a hiding place if needed. After moving the log a bit this morning I almost jumped out of my skin as the small pleco was hanging from the underside of the log and was almost perfectly camoflauged. He has not moved all morning. I tipped the log up on end and he flew to the bottom. Within 5 minutes he was in the dw and a bit more active so that was good to see.
So two questions for the experts. How long to wait until adding more fish? I know one does not want to overload the bioload too fast but am unsure the wait time.
The other question is how soon to start feeding the fish. I know you don't want to over feed, feed too often nor feed too soon when they are in a new environment but again am unsure how long to wait.
All help gratefully received.
I'll take some pictures tonight of the whole tank showing the plant growth. The window behind where I take pictures shows way too much glare for good pics in the daytime. In the meantime here are a couple pictures showing:
Bigger Longfin BN Pleco under HIS dw. There is no doubt who owns the dw in the tank at this point :)
Dwarf Neon Rainbows moving/hiding in the plants.