(Picture below specs).
Bookshelf Freshwater Fish Aquarium
8.13" L x 24" W x 9.25" H
AC Foam, BioMax, Floss
Brand & Spectrum:
Zoo Med 6500K
Fluval M 50
12x Chili Rasbora (Boraras brigittae
2x Amano Shrimp, 2x Nerite Snails
'petite' -- if I can find them
, quadrifolia, or whatever it's called this week
Probably a floating water sprite or some other insane weed that will take up excess nutrients while I figure out what the hell I'm doing.
SeaChem EXCEL, Flourish, Fe, N, P, K, Trace, Prime for water conditioning -- going to switch to dry eventually
I just started screwing around with layout. Being new to the hobby I don't have much available to me in the way of hardscape. I have three LFS, but only one of them is really good and they just started carrying freshwater stuff, so they don't have too much available yet in the way of aquarium decorations. They do have one awesome tank dedicated just to nano fauna, which is nice. Their bettas are gorgeous.
I can't decide if I want just the driftwood, just the rock, or both. I do have a few smaller bits of lacerock to add if I want them, but I'm trying to just place the main element(s) right now. Any feedback would be good.
I'm kind of stumped on plants. I'm doing DSM for any plants that will do well emersed. I want the tank to be pretty heavily planted since this will be low-tech. I'm considering trying glosso and crossing my fingers that it will work out, but I'm not too hopeful.
I just cannot make up my mind on painting the background of the tank. Because this is a scratchy plastic tank, whichever decision I make will be permanent. I don't expect to have this tank more than 2 years, so I suppose it doesn't matter too much. I'm hemming and hawing--do I want black, or a nice light blue? Decisions, decisions. It does need to be painted, though--I can't stand wires and HOBs and other clutter.
My local tap water chemistry is pretty terrible. High pH, hard water. I grabbed a community sourced (not distilled) gallon jug at the grocery store for 85 cents and tested the pH--6.4 vs. the 7.8 of my tap water. I'm strongly considering flooding this tank and doing topoffs with the grocery store water, but I'm gonna wait until the rest of my test kits arrive before I decide for sure. A helpful chemist from my local water authority told me that it's pretty useless to try to adjust the pH--it will just keep swinging back up. I tend to believe him.
I'd welcome any criticism or feedback of any kind.