Current FTS 5-22-12
I recently moved from Indiana to Southern Colorado. I decided to leave my tanks behind but bring my fish and plants with me and combine three tanks (46/20/10) into one 75 gallon high tech tank.
The move went ok, i lost a couple tetras along the way, but my apistos and rams were fine. Unfortunately my plants did not fair so well. During the road trip I placed my plants in the hotel fridge over night to keep them fresh, when I woke up the next morning and checked on them, half of the plants had turned to icicles. Many of them died, and the rest certainly are worse for wear at the moment.
I had a brand new 75 gallon tank waiting for me at home (what a treat - I have only ever had used tanks in the past) and purchased a stand and canopy on craigslist. I was a little nervous since I was going to be setting the tank up without a cycle, but I figured that the plants would certainly help. I also kept all my filter media soaking during the trip thinking that the bacteria would stay alive.
The tank has now been up for two weeks, and it is going ok.
The plants are looking a little rough right now but they seem to be bouncing back slowly. I have an algae problem as well because I have no CO2 set up yet.
I am waiting for a 5 lb CO2 tank to arrive in the mail. i have a milwaukee regulator waiting to be attached. I plan on attaching the CO2 to a Cerges reactor attached to a canister filter.
Due to the frantic set-up from arriving with fish in transit, i neglected to paint the back of the tank. Today i made a black background by taping black garbage bags to cardboard. It leaves much to be desired, and I plan on fixing it soon.
Right now, my photoperiod is 4 hours, but i will ramp it up once the CO2 is set-up. I am also going to dose EI method.