Tank is filled up and running. Dresser wasn't flat so I put some 1/8 inch cork sheet between, the tank is still settling into that. I'm only running polyfill in the filter for now, media bags for the bio media should be here on thursday. Plants should be here on friday. Got the CO2 all setup, reactor works so well, it's very close to 100% diffusion. Unfortunately, my regulator is a bit old, and the solenoid stuck open after a few switches. I'm gonna take it apart and clean it up, if that doesn't do it I'll have to contact the supplier for a replacement. Just a few pictures of the tank, I'll put up more when the plants get here. Old Iphone camera doesn't show the light well.
Got my plants in the mail yesterday! Ended up buying:
Anubias barteri var. nana
Echinodorus angustifolia Vesuvius
Hygrophila corymbosa stricta
Also bought Fissidens fontanus but that's not here yet.
Tried hot gluing the driftwood to rocks to hold it down but that didn't work, so I just super glued it. Works great. Tucked the anubias into the wood and got that whole thing positioned in the tank. Then I planted everything else, took a few hours. Most of the plants were in great condition. Was a little disappointed with how the stargrass was shipped, it seemed pretty pretty dry and bruised. They did send me 4 bunches though instead of the three that I ordered. Blyxa was a bit melty too, Oh well.
Looking really good! I've been following along, lurking and waiting for this.
The stocking list is good. I'd feel comfortable doing that in a 10 gallon. You have more surface area (not sure how much since I have to go find the tank dimensions again) so I think you can increase it some as well.
So heres my plan now. Early this week, if params are ok, I'm gonna pick up a few otos. Then I need to finish mounting the light, and attach the fissidens. If everything is still going smoothly then I'll go ahead and order some shrimp. Not sure yet which species I want, might try crystal reds, maybe high grade cherries. Anyone have a favorite color variation? I think after the shrimp I'm just going to leave it alone for a few months and let the plants grown in and the shrimp colonize. When I'm happy with it I'll order a bunch of corydorus habrosus. After that, if I feel like I have space I'll go ahead and pick up some ember tetras.
As the plants grew, some did well and others didn't. The baby tears looked nice but it made a mess, I don't think it cared for the play sand because it never rooted well, I decided it wasn't going to be worth the hassle and maintenance so I just took it out. Blyxa was doing poorly so I removed it as well. The crypt parka is doing awesome and I love it. It's a slow grower, but it's goring so dense it looks like it may end up looking a bit carpety which would be awesome. Anubias is doing great with minimal green spot algae. The Anubias actually bloomed the other day, I'll include a picture of the flower. The star grass has been a bit odd. The healthy sections are beautiful. It grows like a weed, but I can't get it to root. Most of what is left is more or less free floating. The bottoms just fade away. I have tried replanting them a few times, but they just keep growing up while the bottoms fade away. I don't feel like it's an issue with light, they seem to be getting enough, and it's not just that the bottoms get sparse and stalky, the stems are actually dying. Any suggestions?
A little while after planting I had bought two otos and 5 amano shrimp. The otos were never too healthy and they both died after a few weeks. I don't think it was anything specific. The amanos have been suer healthy the whole time. A few weeks later I rehomed 3 ember tetras from another tank into this one, they are also doing great. I'm expecting 12 c. habrosus, and 5 otos in the mail on wednesday. I'm a little nervous about adding so much at once, but the price was right and the quality of fish around here is low so I figured I'd give it a shot. I'll be testing regularly and changing more water than usual until I'm confident I didn't disrupt anything. Can't wait for c. habrosus!
I was initially going to add a bunch of cherries in here, but now I think I'll leave them out. The filter intake was providing to much resistance to the water flow and causing the filter to operate strangely. I derped a bit when designing the intake. So I just removed the intake pipe and now water enters through hole about 1" in diameter. If the fish ever swim in the flow is low enough that they just swim back out. I expect that Cherry Shrimp (esp the babies) would get stuck however. I could probably fix the intake. but I would have to cut out a new intake while the filter panels were still in the tank. I just don't want to deal with it, so no cherries this time.
I finally mounted the light just the other day. It looks amazing, turned out just as well as I had hoped. Light intensity seems about right too, I am still running 12W of white.
I'll try to remember to post pictures when the new fishes get here!
Now my computer is being dumb, restart before posting pictures...