About 6 or 7 years ago I had a beautiful 20 long that I was obsessed with. I had T5's and DYI CO2 with plants that I can still remember and fish that I've completely forgot about. Fast forward to two weeks ago... there's an empty, dusty 10g languishing in the living room for the past year that met it's latest end after it became a perfect growing medium for algae. In it's previous life it had a few mystery bulb plants and some random fish from a friend that moved out of the country. I went on a possessed cleaning spree and came across this tank and decide it is a complete eye sore and I absolutely must do something with it.
Of course this involves resurrecting it. So I thoroughly cleaned it (discovering a few withered bulbs in the process) and set it up to cycle assuming it had enough gunk still left in the substrate and driftwood to provide some ammonia. Then I had a boring empty tank to brood over while trying to find the patience to let it do it's thing. This did not happen.
After a week I went to PetsMart just for "fun" and picked up a tiny 1" albino bristlenose pleco convincing myself that a) this would be my cycling fish, and b) by the time he grew past a few inches I'd upgrade to a bigger tank. Of course he disappeared right quick among the driftwood, rocks, filter and heater. How do you lose a white fish in a mostly empty 10g??? So I decided he needed a few plants to make him comfortable but I wanted to get the right species that would thrive under my conditions - low light, no CO2. So I joined a forum....or two.....and became completely OBSESSED with setting up a beautiful planted low light, low tech. I decided I needed to start small and stick with the equipment I had and then maybe if I was successful I'd upgrade to a 30g...or maybe a 40 breeder.... AHHHH!! Make it stop!
I picked up some Staurogyne repens from All Fish Emporium after running in disgust from their fish tanks - maybe good for supplies but no way am I buying any fish from those guys. The little bristlenose thought these tiny little plants were great to visit occasionally but he and I both knew there was no way this was by any means satisfactory. So I purchased a grab bag from a hobbyist and when she said she was generous with her bags she was not kidding! As of yesterday my lil' tank is stuffed! And the pleco absolutely loves it! He's all over the place and can't decide what part he enjoys most (hes actually at the bottom of the slate rock front right
I requested low light plants and initially did some thoughtful planting but by the time I got through the bag I was just sticking things where ever there was empty gravel and decided that if it lives it's meant to be and I'll reorganize after a month or two. So without further ado, my 2.5 week old 10 gallon:
Substrate - Flourlite Black
Lighting - Aquaglo 15w
Fliter - Eclipse 1 in hood w/biowheel (150gph and seeding a cut polyfiber from cartridge)
Once fertz come in will do:
1/8tsp Equilibrium x 1 week
1/16tsp KNO3 x 1 week
1/64tsp KH2PO4 x 1 week
Premixed in 1oz bottle and drawn up with syringe for accuracy...
and monthly or so water changes
Plants at the moment:
Microsorum pteropus, narrow and windevlo
Hygrophyla corymbosa "angustifolia"
And at least 3 other randoms I can't figure out - help is appreciated!
After cycling I'd like to add some Corydoras habrosus and Scarlet badis.... any tips and suggestions are greatly appreciated!
Also, I got a ton of Java Moss and I've never been much of a fan of the stuff. I'm thinking of setting up a 5g or so betta tank and ONLY scaping with Java Moss - thoughts? I LOVE bettas (actually bred them for a while about 10 yrs ago) but the flow in the 10g would make one miserable so I've been toying with the idea of another tank anyway...really, make it stop!!