My fishless cycle is finally back on track
My ammonia is dropping from 3.0ppm to 0.25ppm in a 12 hour period. I continue to raise it back to 3.0ppm daily with pure ammonia. I just need my nitri
tes (> 5.0ppm) to drop. I admit to obsessively testing nitri
tes more than once a day
I'm so ready for fishies!! My nitra
tes are ~60ppm.
To keep myself busy, I ordered a few more plants from Bartohog
. I'll probably have more than I need, but I couldn't resist. Mainly I wanted Brazillian Pennywort. I ended up ordering:
- Brazilian pennywort Hydrocotyle leucocephala
- Crypt. balansae
- dwarf water clover Marsilea minuta
- pennywort Hydrocotyle tripartita
- Echinodorus angustifolia 'Vesuvius'
I'm not sure if the Marsilea minuta
or Hydrocotyle tripartita
will survive in my medium light, no CO2 tank. I guess we'll found out. My new plants will be shipped on Saturday and should arrive early next week.
I have had a mild outbreak of MTS. I think the ammonia and lack of food is keeping the population in check, but I do find and dispose of 1-2/day. Since I'm not planning to add any snail eating fish, I'll have to be cautious about overfeeding.
My final stocking list includes:
- spotted blue-eye rainbowfish Pseudomugil gertrudae
- sparkling gouramis (aka pygmy gouramis) Trichopsis Pumila
- celestial pearl danios Celestichthys margaritatus
- scarlet badis Dario dario
- red cherry shrimp Neocaridina heteropoda var. red
- amano shrimp Caridina multidentata
- bamboo shrimp (aka wood shrimp) Atyopsis moluccensis
- zerba nerite snails Neritina natalensis sp. Zebra
- and apparently MTS
The largest thing in the tank will be the bamboo shrimp. I don't have a centerpiece fish, but I think I'm okay with that. I originally planned for a pair of apistos, but I decided the Scarlet badis may be safer with the shrimp.
I would love a school of glowlight rasboras Trigonostigma hengeli
and dwarf cories Corydoras hastatus
, but I know that larger schools of less species is better asthetically.
I also wish I could get an assassin snail to take care of the MTS, but I think I would rather have the zebra nerite. Plus, I'm told the MTS can benefit the tank if the population is carefully managed.
That's all for now!