New Entry -- Water appears to be good in the 6gal aquarium. 0 ammonia /0 nitrites/ 0 nitrates from the water test.
I think there might be some false positives in the 10 gallon though. Because ammonia read off the charts, went from yellow, to green, to extremely dark blue from the FW master test kit from API -- on the 6 gallon was yellow as the sun.
As far as the 10 gallon, ammonia is off the charts, nitrites are about .5ppm and nitrates are untested. though new inhabitants survived the day (I figured with that high of ammonia, dropping them in would have been fatal, but tested and no issues so far. Added some more bacteria booster (easy life/easy start) and added some further water conditioning to help for the time being. No changes in behavior.
In the 6 gallon, had 3 badis badis die and my split fin betta die =/. Those are hard to kill.... not sure what happened but tests didn't tell me squat. Got a fem and male feather fin/thread fin rainbow in the 6 gallon as a pair. Looking to add maybe 2-3 more fish in that tank including pygmy cories to clean up the fallen food.
10 gallon now houses, 3 nerite snails (variety), 1 yellow honey gourami, 6 ember tetras
6 gallon now houses, 2 feather fin paired (hopefully to easily breed), 2 nerite snails
looking to put 1 MTS in each aquarium and wait for them to run rampant
looking to also put maybe 2-3 cories in each tank in the future (after it further establishes) to eat up all the left over food. Right now I'm feeding every 2 days to keep it light.
Plants are starting to take off. I'm having 2 more fluval lights to come in so I'll need to make more modifications and more sacrifices with the lamps.
10 Gallon will house 3 fluval perch lights 13watt in this fashion 10,000k - 6,700k - 10,000k
6 Gallon will house 2 fluval perch lights (replacing the current LED lights that are on the aquastyle now) 10,000k and 6,700k stock light.
Need to also find an alternative to the filter because to be honest, I hate internal filters and I think it's a big fault of fluval to use an internal filter.
Anyone got any ideas on what type of filter I can upgrade to with these aquariums? I would like a HOB, but will be sufficient and won't take too much room since the perch lights will be there. I'm thinking aquaclear, but not sure if that's a great idea.