Yay! My first tank journal!
So this past summer I acquired a 25g tall Aqueon aquarium "kit". I've always been a sucker for the kits since you actually can save a decent amount of money on them, and can always upgrade different components as you please (or in my case, when I have the money lol). It all started for me my freshman year of college, when I just HAD to have a small aquarium in my dorm room. Yes, I was that person lol. So I bought a 5.5g kit and kept a couple gouramis and small corys. When I moved to an apartment the next year, they moved with me. Then PetSmart had a sale so I bought a 10g kit and bought an Angel named Francis. I think that tank ran for around 3 years or so, moved to yet another apartment, and then things got weird. The city was having some serious problems with water main breaks and leaks from the freakishly hot weather so they added all kinds of crap to the water (without telling the public- which they got in a LOT of trouble for) and... BAM. Dead fish. Francis too. =( I now know to check tap water before doing water changes lol. Around the same time, my brother decided to give his pet rat snake to the high school, so I took his 16g and stand and started my first planted tank. It's nothing special- just a moderately planted, uneducated, and cheesy attempt at an aquascape. I'll probably be re-doing that one soon. Me getting into planted tanks was a bad thing. I can't stop now, hence the 25!
They should have AA meetings for Aquarium Addicts. No joke.
First of all I would like everyone (who cares lol) to know that I'm in college and freakishly busy, so I can't promise an update every day. Also, my nice digital camera decided to quit this past summer... so most of my pictures will be iPhone pics for a while until I can get a better one. Sorry! lol
Okay so here it is! The tank has been running for a long time now as a fish only- 2 "African spotted leaf fish", an angel, plain gravel, fake plants, and a lot of petrified wood (I'm also an avid rock-nerd). I've been planning on converting it to planted for a while, and was aware the conversion was going to be a fiasco. This week was pretty crazy and my plants came in WAY before I expected them to, so this set up will certainly change a lot in the next couple weeks.
To start the conversion, I took all the fake plants out and scooped a lot of the existing gravel into my old, empty 10g. Since the 25 sits a lot higher than the 10, I was able to siphon the existing water into the 10 to make the transition a lot faster, since I was seriously crunched for time because my plant order surprised me lol. I also just transfered the filter with existing media to to 10 in hopes that any cycling would be reduced, if not eliminated almost completely. Fortunately, this all worked out just fine and my 3 buddies survived and are healthy =). (this all happened this past Monday, btw). I then prepared the tank the best I could, crammed my plants in it (truly a hodge-podge of plants), filled it up, and had to leave it to its own devices for a while. It looks like a hot mess
but that's okay. I meant for this to be a project after all, lol.
Here are the tank specs:
Size: 25g, 24w x 12d x 18h
Filtration: Penguin 200
Lighting: Glass Versa top, Aqueon T5 HO daul lamp bar (2 14w bulbs) (subject to change)
Substrate: Miracle Gro Organic w/ Flourite black cap
DIY CO2 - ceramic plate diffuser, yeast reaction (soon to be pressurized in some way)
Plants: (also subject to change, not particularly happy with all my choices so far. Also, I have way too many haha)
Pogostemon Erectus (might be dead...? lol)
Cryptocoryn wendtii "tropica"
2 "African spotted leaf fish"
Eventually some type of schooling fish. Probably larger tetras, since the spotted leafs (and probably the angel) will certainly eat anything they can fit in their mouth.
So that's that. I'll figure out how to upload pics and get this show on the road!
Thanks for reading!