Earlier this year finally bit the bullet after years of wanting to setup my first reef tank. That tank has progressed well, and I officially have the bug now! My sister was planning to tear down her 29 FW before a move, so I figured it was a great opportunity for me to start a planted tank.
I got over to help her take it down, and it was literally green all the way through, even the water, and it looked like the filter had broken down sometime ages ago. I should have taken pics! Somehow, a sole tiger barb had managed to survive the abuse, so I got him into a bucket and dumped everything else.
A stop by my trusty LFS on the way home, and I decided to ditch just about everything but the stock tank. I picked up an Eheim 2017 to replace the Walmart hang-on junker and undergravel system in there. I also got a Coralife T5-HO 30" light with dual 31w bulbs in 10000k and 6700k combo. 3 Bags of RedSea Flora Base rounded out the purchase, and my LFS threw in some free plants to get things started.
After a thorough scrubbing, I got the tank, light, and filter setup, laid out the substrate and filled it up. Here is how it looked on Day1.
As a note, I still had the stock 10000k/actinic stock combo in, I was waiting for the 6700k on special order.
After surviving all of the abuse over the past years, once in a nice clean and well filtered tank the barb decided to jump on the 2nd night, I guess it was just too good for him to handle
Over the past several weeks, I have been adding livestock in chunks. I've got it pretty much finalized as of today with:
- 17 neon tetras
- 6 gold tetras
- 4 diamond tetras
- 2 large marbled angels
- 1 cory cat
- 1 albino bushy nose pleco
- 4 threadfin rainbows (2 male and 2 female)
I also added a few more plants today to bring my list to:
- banana plant
- dwarf hairgrass
- madagascar lace
- micro sword
- money wart
- ozelot sword
- water sprite
No CO2 yet, but will probably add a system soon. Will start with fertilization some time in the future also. The reef tank still takes up most of my time and aquarium budget, so the planted is only secondary
Here is an updated pic from today, ~3-wks after the initial setup. I am still learning about planted scapes, so I consider it a work in progress. Let me know what you think.
And a quick video: