Like the title says I'm new to tropicalfishkeeping.com, however I am not new to tropical fish.
I have had my current 14g planted tank running for the last 2 years and I finally bought a house and upgraded to a 55g 48" tank. My tank setup is as follows:
75% new play sand 25% established black sand (mixed for darkness)
A 1/2 layer of gravel (red pebble, crushed white shells, and black slate gravel mix)
Total substrate weight is 75lbs about 3" layer
70lbs of asst rock (quarts, slate, and river rock)
HOB Topfin 60 with bio sponges from whisper60
Bottom bubbler filter 4"
18" of bubble stone
About 25-30 bundles of Java Fern
5 bundles of unknown long leaf plant (I'll post pics eventually).
Livestock is currently divided between my 55g and my 10g quarantine tank as follows:
7 neon tetra (4lg 3sm)
5 zebra danios
3 Chinese algae eaters
6 tiger barbs (2 albino)
1 red wag molly (female)
1 spotted Molly (female)
1 sword tail red Molly (male)
1 balloon Molly
2 zebra loaches (lfs had to order more and gave me an awesome deal for making 2 trips)
2 glass bloodfin tetras (lg)
My tank cycled within days due to the 20lbs of established sand, the established bubble filter media and 1 established biosponge from 14g.
I added the fish to my 55g yesterday after my ammonia and nitrites remained at 0 for 2 days and my nitrates stayed at 5.
This morning chem was the same. This evening Ammonia was still 0, nitrites approximately .15, and nitrates were 10
I did a 20% water change and will test again in the morning.
If my ammonia and nitrogen are low enough I will add my bloodfin tetra to my 55g in the evening and do a water change the next day. But judging by the results I've gotten with the current bioload I am confident my biofiltration is up for the task. I also have about 20 more plants enroute.
I will be setting up my CO2 generator once the plants arrive but am unsure of the buffeting effect it will have on my pH.
Future plans are:
Build HOB overflow
Use 10g as under cabinet sump
Go to canister filtration (loving the new API nexx)
Add another bubbler filter to the display tank
Get some companions for my loaches and bloodfin (3 more of both)
Possibly considering some cherry shrimp, African dwarf frogs(is a 55g too deep for them? I have rock built up), possibly some bala sharks, and open to suggestion.
I know I'm running borderline overloaded but I have alot and will add more hiding/territory spots and believe I've got all but the top of my tank covered as far as leveling (poor balloon Molly all by her lonesome).
Does anyone see any problems or have any suggestions for tank or livestock? (besides less fish)
Thank you in advance. And I have been creeping for a little while now and alot of you guys have some awesome tanks.