Thank you all, getting close, 2 weeks today and the first fish should be in.
That did me laugh Willow
. I could post a video of the pH monitor. It's a German model and is accurate down to a 100th, don't ask me why but you know those crazy Germans. Anyway, it is quite interesting to watch how much the pH jumps around when you are getting down to that level. Actually, correction to that, it's not interesting in the slightest it's just that I have no fish to watch yet
. I promise as soon as the plants are in I will post another photo, hopefully the middle of next week at the latest (I have asked them to email me if there is any problem with the order tomorrow).
I must admit, if anybody doesn't like Blackwater tanks then they are going to hate this. It went a bit too far but fortunately when I did the first water change to start bringing the hardness down it brought the colour back up a level. I have ordered more Indian Almond bark as it looks better in there than leaves (I think), must remember to boil it for an hour before it is thrown in otherwise the fish are going to need torches to be able to see.
Talking of the fish, the plan is:
Group of Marbled Hatchetfish (Carnegiella strigata)
Shoal of Cardinal Tetras (Paracheirodon axelrodi)
Small group of Dwarf Pencilfish (Nannostomus marginatus)
2 pairs of dwarf cichlids (Apistogramma)
Group of Emerald Green Brochis (Brochis splendens)
Whiptail Catfish (Rineloricaria lanceolata)
Going for Cardinals as the tetras as (along with Rummynose) they are more likely to shoal when not threatened than other species.
The Apistos will probably be Panduro and Cacatuoides. Will be going for the wild coloration rather than any ornamental strains.
There you go, you got it out of me. Now let's see if I stick to it!