Hey guys, this is my first planted tank ever. But first, some history.
Before this, I was growing and breeding Guppies and Angle fish. I stopped that years ago, and the only thing that remains from my fish keeping 'past' is a fish tank in the living room. It is for show, had a few neons in it, and an otto. No plants. I stopped taking care of it as my father liked feeding the fish and so it became my dads tank. I wasn't too concerned - I had studies etc to attend to.
Recently my parents have gone to Turkey for a holiday. I got my first look at the tank in a while. It was in a very sorry state, thanks to my old mans neglect towards water changes
: The Otto's and neons were dead and rotting, was a mess!
So I took it upon myself to fix it all up. Sort of a 'welcome back' gift. But with my studies easing up, I got inspiration from websites like this to do a planted tank.
What I have to use: A Jebo R338 (35 L/7.7 gal). Now don't ask why. Oh please don't ask why
: but when i cleaned the tank out I kept the water and filter material. Bad move, obviously. I don't know why I kept it at all. Something at the back of my mind told me it was a bad idea to rip everything out - true, ofcourse, if it wasn't for the fact that everything had died and started to rot in the water.
Anyway, first step was to buy some substrate
I use fluorite substrate, and here in australia we have water restrictions, so i couldn't wash it out completely. For a while, everything looked like crap
. It fixed itself up soon after.
I let the substrate settle and soak for the weekend - besides, I had work to attend to.
During this time, I tested the water every night and recorded it. I did 2 big water changes along the way, and the water currently sits at a PH of 6.5, Ammonia: 0.25ppm, nitrite: 0ppm, nitrate: 5ppm. It's sitting at a pretty good level right now. My first
test results (after initally adding the substrate) were scary. Ammonia 1ppm
, Nitrite 0ppm, Nitrate 160ppm
. No wonder the fish died. (And I am still wondering why I didn't just dump the water!). After seeing these results though, I figured 0 Nitrite indicated that there was no bacteria activity. I dumped the filter material and put in new and clean filter material!
Anyway. Along came today. It was time to add some plants. With all of the aquarium plant knowledge I had gained from google, I knew I had to plant heavily from the get-go if I wanted my plants to out-compete algea etc.
I opted for a very basic setup. Some Hornworth, Java ferns, and hairgrass. (Also, one other stem plant I don't know the name of) - oh, and I bought myself a piece of lava rock, because that shiz look crazy
I definitely like that leafy look a lot more than the needle look from the Hornworth. I am considering getting rid of ALL the hornworth because I REALLY
dont like it! Any leafed stem plants that go well with Java ferns in the midground, hair-grass in the foreground?
Anyway. I am looking to get only a couple of fish for this tank. It is mainly a planted tank, and I do not want to emphasis on the fish so much. I am thinking something small, maybe tetras or some other fish that 'pops out' but isn't big and doesn't need huge numbers!