Alright. I got my exitement out of my system.
I was hoping it would be enough to heavily plant a 5G with a couple extra stems for a 10G.
Instead, I heavily planted a 10G and moderately heavily planted a 5G :)
The 5G is the one I mentioned in a couple other posts... soil/gravel substrate.
I added a few guppies for CO2, although now I'm thinking it was unneccesary. should I leave them in, or take them out?
(approx 4.5 inches of fish in the 5G, no filter, no light, sunny location.)
I do have a heater.
I ended up getting:
12 Malaysian snails (looked dead, but remembered they might just be hiding. put 6 in the 5G and 6 in the guppy tank)
3 Ramshorn Snails (put 1 in 10G guppy, two in 5G)
Rotala Indica (tiny sprig in 5G, rest in 10G guppy))
Stargrass (put in 10G guppy since it has more light)
Ludwigea Natans (I think a couple stems in the 5G, the rest in the 10G)
Anacharis (3 stems in 5G, the rest in 10G)
Water Wisteria (1 stem in 5g, the rest in 10G)
Hornwort (a small handful in both tanks)
Shinnersia Rivularis (2 stems in 5G, the rest in 10G guppy)
Dwarf Sag (in 5G)
Corkscrew Val (1 plant in each tank)
Amazon Sword (placed in my 10G Cichlid fry tank)
Green Cabomba (1 stem in 5G and the rest in 10G guppy)
I'll post pictures when I can, but I'm going to wait and make sure I don't kill them.
The 10G guppy has 20W full spectrum, the 10G cichlid has 23W cool white, the 5G has indirect filtered sunlight.
(I changed my mind about putting it all in the 5G because I'm scared it might crash, since it's a new setup and I've never used soil.)
How many snails should I put in each tank if I WANT them to breed? (My goal is to have approx 20 in every tank... It's impossible for me to count every guppy, and I've never found a dead guppy fry. but I'm sure I don't have a 100% survival rate, so I need some good scavengers.)
What's a good foreground plant that stays tiny? The dwarf sag is a decent midground plant in the 5G, but I still need a foreground plant for it... Is there anything tiny enough? (preferably something I can buy from Sweet Aquatics so I can get more free snails)
Is 5 inches of guppy in a planted non-filtered 5G too much fish? If so, when do I need to remove them? I'd like to get ghost shrimps on friday.
Should I acclimate snails? I probably should have... but I didn't. They're beginning to move around now. :)
I also have a tiny tiny bit of duckweed in the cichlid and the 5G. (they are both open-topped)
My Water Parameters are:
PH 6.5 (I know, I can't seem to raise it, I've given up. The guppies seem fine.)
Nitrate Unknown (out of test stuff a while back)
10G Cichlid Fry
PH: 6.9 (Ironic- this one has driftwood and should be softer)
5G Soil Substrate (Uh oh)
Now I know there aren't any ferts in the soil. My best guess is that the ammonia is from organic material in the soil decomposing.
The question is, should I put the snails in the Guppy tank or Cichlid tank until ammonia is lower?
(scratch that- I already did.)
I'm worried that I can't find all the gups I put in... but I'm more worried about the snails. I have guppies out the wazoo, one or two dead isn't going to make me lose sleep, but I want to save all the snails I can.
(odd isn't it?)
should I put a light over the plant tank to encourage them to consume the nitrite and ammonia?
Can I assume the Ammonia is Ammonium since the ph is under 7?
I'm doing pwc once a day... can't do more since I work. Should I most more plants to the 10G, or put more in the 5G?
The sword wouldn't effect the nitrite levels since the nitrite is dissolved in the water, right?