So, here's a couple videos of my new 40G breeder. I went with the fishless cycling method (utilizing liquid ammonia), and after 3 weeks of cycling, it was finally ready for stocking. Started stocking this last weekend.
The first video is right before I added some Wisteria. So far the tank is stocked with:
13x Harlequin Rasbora
9x Glowlight Tetra
6x Otocinclus Catfish
6x Ghost Shrimp
I don't have the full species list of the plants on me at the moment.
Fluval 306 Canister
Aqueon 200W heater
AquaticLife dual T-5 HO fixture (78w)
Going to either be purchasing or DIY'ing a spray bar here soon. Also intend to move to a full C02 system in addition to another AquaticLife fixture, to turn this into a high-tech tank. For now, keeping it at low-medium light while I save up finances to add to the tank.
Also intending to do another round of plant/fish stocking this weekend/next week. Will have more videos once that stocking is completed, and will try to post weekly videos of the tank to track it's progress.
As far as the tank itself:
Everything seems to be doing very well, except the dwarf hairgrass. I'm sure my lighting is a little bit low, but one thing I've noticed is that most of the hairgrass clumps have lost tons of leaves. They get all bleached out and transparent and just sit there waving around kinda dead-like. Research indicated to me that this might be normal, as the plants were likely grown emersed, so when they become immersed, any leaves that were growing emersed will die off and be replaced by new growth. It's growing so slowly that it's hard for me to tell if that is happening, but there does appear to be green and healthy new growth in most of the clumps.
Have some brown hair algae, and will probably be picking up a few amano shrimp to help keep that in check while the tank matures. Had what I believe were diatoms on most of the plants, but the Oto's literally cleaned it all up within 24 hours of adding them to the tank. They all look nice and fat now!
Currently feeding TetraFin Tropical Crisps and Hakari FD Blood Worms. Not sure how the fish feel about these foods. Thinking the crisps will be primary food choice for now, and I'd like to move to frozen blood worms for an occasional treat, as I don't like how the FD blood worms float at the top of the tank.
I have noticed that the Harlequins and Glowlights tend to hang out more towards the substrate when the lights are on (though yesterday they ventured more towards the middle of the tank). They won't go to the surface at all with the lights on.
Turning the lights off and they immediately rise within the tank, and seem to happily hit the surface in quick strikes for some FD blood worms. Trying to let them get more comfortable before deciding if this behavior should influence whether I feed during light or dark conditions. Any input would be appreciated.
Here's the first pre-Wisteria video:
And the second post-Wisteria video: