Farsight's biotope journey, 40long
Welcome to my journal,
I am just starting a planted tank for the first time I've read about it and got a tank, but now the task seems so daunting.
All I have is the tank, which means I need just about everything else hehe. The whole reason for this tank is to give some Corydoras Sterbai a home to live in.
School of corydoras sterbai
school of tetra (pref a species that is found naturally along side the sterbai)
*im thinking black phantom tetras*
Brazil, *natural habitat of my stock*
Havent thought about it that much yet, I want some easy plants to start off and I dont want
to limit myself to just the biotope plants, similar looking is good enough for now.
Still thinking about it *pref low tech* dont have alot of money so id like to keep it on the cheap side.
-Dirt: Still thinking about what to buy in the middle of winter heh, I have about 10lbs of flourite I plan to mix in with my dirt.
-Ive read that dirting causes spikes in all sorts of places but Im not too worried since I have no stock yet I can let time do its thing.
-The type of dirt I still havent decided, I cant do mineralized *would like some tips*
-Gravel: As for gravel I want something to match the biotope.
-I want it to be 100% safe for my corries, I want to protect they're barbels.
Dec 17th: First order of business is substrate I want to get the tank dirted capped and filled. As for filtration,
I will most likely throw together a diy air pump filter of sorts to get things started since there is no stock and plenty of time *unless this is wrong*!
Dec 18th:Today I think about dirted the tank with miracle grow organic with
a thin layer of flourite and capped with small sized gravel. Put in some diy moving bed filters while I decide on a more permanent filter.
Heater should arrive in the mail soon, which leaves the lighting system. I cant decide on what is best, I know I want to go with
T8s or T5s and that leaves the fixture. If I get a regular shop light Im worried about the look and it letting way too much light
escape into the room which means i need to make a canopy which is just added expense. How much do prefab hoods go for in montreal?
Anyways thats all for now, advice and insight is always welcome!
Last edited by farsight1223; 12-18-2012 at 01:53 PM.