Back into fish keeping for me!!
Greetings, folks. Its been a long time since I have kept fish, so I find that I am having to relearn a whole bunch of things, so I figure, why not pile it on even deeper and jump into it with both feet and do live plants, too!
As with so many things, this all starts with a girl.
I had been into fish a number of years ago with my now deceased wife, but for a number of reasons, I got out of it. I missed it occasionally, but none of my friends were into tanks or plants, so I didn't have the exposure to it that hooks so many of us. More recently, I started dating again and met met a wonderful woman who I will be marrying.
When I met her folks for the first time, they had just moved into a new house. They weren't even completely unpacked yet, but had their tank up and running. My focus the rest of that evening kept drifting to a large rectangle of water that housed angels, gouramis, plecos, etc. Kind of hit me all at once that I missed my tanks. Every time we were there since then, I spent a fair amount of time with the tank...just watching. Loving it.
As my GF and I continued our relationship, she had mentioned that she wanted to keep fish too....but nothing too big to start (I had been running 2 55's and a 20T before). Well....off to craigslist I went....like a dutiful boyfriend...just trying to give her what SHE wanted...nothing to do with my yearning.
Riiiiiiight. Anyway...Having been out of the hobby for a while, I hadn't really been aware of nano tanks. They are quite cool...obviously with some drawbacks...but still, very neat. I came across a Fluval Edge 6 for a very fair price, and loved how it looked! I sent a picture to the lady, and she was like...yes. Now. So off I went, and came home with a nice little setup. Mostly.
We had talked it over, and decided we wanted to do real plants. They are just cooler tanks in general. And I figured it would help with the small volume of water for processing fish waste, etc. Flawed supposition or not, that's what we decided. I did a bit of research and lurking on here and decided Java Ferns and Anubis were the first to get....easy, lower light....no biggie. Then I found PeckTek on youtube setting an edge up with Bio Complete substrate. I was def in favor of that...thinking it to be a shortcut to both the N cycle as well as easier getting plants going. Heh. We'll see.
So thats where we started.
Fluval Edge 6
Bio Complete Substrate
Java Windelov Fern
Java Fern narrow leaf
Some Anubis, which I can't remember now, and ditched the tag thing. Doh.