I got my first fish a little over a month ago, he was an impulse purchase betta with a 2.5 gallon tank.
Over the past month I struggled with water quality issues, mostly maintaining an even temperature.
About a week ago I remembered that my father in law had a 10 gallon tank before he got the 40 gallon he has now.
I asked him if I could have his old tank, and he said sure.
I went over to pick it up, and discovered it was a 20 gallon rather than a 10 gallon.
After perusing this forum and seeing all the beautiful planted tanks, and after reading the cycling and plant how-to articles I elected to give a planted tank a try.
Here is an overall shot of the tank, beside it you can see the tiny little cup in which Harvey came home from the store:
I had a devil of a time finding driftwood around here, almost all of the stores I went to carried plastic pieces, with the one exception being massively expensive logs at the nicest of the local stores. I found this piece at a place that caters more to reptiles. Had to soak it for quite a bit to get all the tannins out, and it still wanted to float, hence the rocks:
I've mostly got Anubias, Java Fern, and Java Moss. I have a single Argentinian Sword and a Banana Plant and a couple of bunches of Lemon Bacopa for variety:
I also found a couple of nice interesting rocks and plan a bit of a canyon when I can take them off the driftwood. They are some kind of layered shale or mudstone and I find them very unique(the pale streak is Harvey on patrol):
After Harvey settles in a bit I plan to get him some tankmates.
First on my list are some corydoras, not sure which subspecies just yet, and then some smaller shoaling fish.
Any suggestions would be welcome.
I keep the tank at 78 degrees, and have been told that our water in on the hard side with a PH between 7 and 7.5.
Also, I intend to get some floating plants, either Pennywort or WaterSprite. Is there anything else I should get?
Thanks for looking.