Around Thanksgiving I set up a 20 gallon planted tank with a male Betta and a Bristlenose Pleco as occupants.
The central piece of decor in the tank was a large piece of grapewood, which ended up either poisoning the tank or causing a massive Nitrite spike.
I managed to save the Betta, but I lost the Pleco.
I cleaned the tank back out and set it back up without the grapewood (of course) and was waiting for the Betta to complete his recovery before putting him back in.
For Christmas my wife got me a 29 gallon tank kit and stand, so I tore the 20 gallon down and set up the 29.
In it I have:
1 Argentinian Sword
1 Bleheri Sword (came with a stalk with 4 adventitious sprouts on it)
4 Stalks Wisteria
A lot of Java Fern
A couple of Pots of Miro Sword
A wad of Java Moss.
Some snails Petco gave me for being such a loyal customer
I have also recruited a shoal of 7 Glowlight Tetras to help me get the tank in order before I add the Betta back in. I agreed to get them out of the tiny, sterile tank at the LFS and give them a roomy well planted home, and they agreed to swim around like little torpedoes and eat like pigs.
I have a small piece of driftwood in the tank currently, it came with an Anubias attached, and am waiting for another medium sized piece to become waterlogged in a bucket in the basement.
I plan on adding a couple of crypts and some vals once I get the last piece of driftwood in the tank.
After I add the Betta back in I plan to introduce a school of 6 corydorus, and eventually another Bristlenose pleco to complete my stock.
I think I have enough plants to help minimize any Ammonia/Nitrite swings, but daily testing will help with that.
Anything I've overlooked?
Anything I should do differently?
Any advice at all?