Mr. Aqua 12 Long
Classic Eheim 2211
Current LED Satellite Plus 36 inch
2 x 2 and a half inch bubble filters
13mm SS filter guard - from H4N
Substrate & Hardscape
MGOCP - Miracle Grow Organic Choice Potting Soil
25 pounds of Black blasting sand
A dozen or so Manzanita Branches - from Tom Barr aka plantbrain
Some 7 and half pound rock with a good story...
Root tabs - from mistahoo
Dwarf Chain swords
Singapore moss - on the rock
Narrow Leaf Anacharis
Rotala Mini Butterfly
Hygrophila sp. 'Brown'
Crypt Wendtii Red - I think
10 Longfin Red Minor Tetras
2 Pearl Danios
2 Assassin Snails - recently added to combat the pond snails...
1 Zebra nerite
1 Batik nerite
So this is my first journal and I started this tank a few weeks ago, around June 14th or so. First and foremost, I'd like to thank TPT members who generously sell/RAOK their plants at super reasonable prices and allow all of us to have access to plants we would not otherwise be able to get locally at or LFS or big chain stores. 95% of my plants in this tank come from TPT members. With that said... I have no idea what all the plants are in my tank. I'll try and name most of them if I can...
I have to say that I love love the dimensions of the Mr Aqua 12 long.
I initially wanted to make this in to a shrimp tank, but not sure now those red minor look great amongst all those green plants... but so would a bunch of fire red shrimp...We shall see. Could I keep shrimp with my current fauna?
I used Seachem Stability to help kick start my cycle and used the danio to help it move along faster.
I used root tabs right under the plants with heavy roots, and use a timer for my lights. I have them on four hours on two hours off then another four hours on. So far no issues with algae even when the tank was not as heavily planted. I did have that white fuzz on my driftwood but like others have said it went away after two weeks. I dose excel maybe twice a week at most, and flourish once a week.
I recently bought EI liquid ferts from Colin aka Nilocg and have not started dosing yet because I am afraid that I will then have to really start trimming my plants.
Haha and I am a bit lazy about taking pics so I am not sure if I will update my journal or not.
Oh lessons learned...
Do not buy or use black blasting sand if you only have the tub of your apartment to wash it out and clean it... my tub took forever to clean...
I do not recommend capping MGCOP with sand unless you never plan on replanting moving things around... the mgcop seeps out of any puncture in the substrate... I used tweezers and little bits still floated out of the substrate... Next time I will just use root tabs and all sand.
Enough words now for pics...