I've been away from the hobby for about a year. My old landlord came by for an unexpected visit and I abruptly discovered I couldn't keep aquariums, so I bought a house. (I kid. I've been in the market for a house for a couple of years and everything finally came together.)
In any case, here is my brand new 40 gallon breeder! It's currenly 5 days after planting, all plants were added at the same time.
Marineland Magnum 350 and Fluval 204 (mainly for extra media space)
: A work in progress. 2x39w T5HO @ 5000k (30" on 36" fixture)
2x24w T5HO @ 6700k (20" on 24" fixture)
I currently have the big lights up front for carpeting, and the small lights in back for the taller plants. Currently running a 9 hour light cycle as I figure things out.
Flourite base; Eco Complete for main layer; capped with fine aquarium sand (to keep the DHG firmly planted). Root tabs added under bigger plants.
Pressurized. Too many BPS to count. Fed directly into the intake of the Magnum 350. This is the first time I've seen pearling in my plants! Even the Hair Grass has tiny bubbles at the tips. You can really see it going on the java fern at the far left of the wood (I just wish I could link a higher quality photo...) (again, see photoperiod mentioned above. Will adjust as needed)
from small to big: Dwarf Hair Grass; Staurogyne Repens; Pogostemon Helferi; Cyperus Helferi; Narrow Leaf Java Fern; Regular Java Fern; C. Wendtii (Red and Green); Alternanthera Reineckii "cardinalis;" C. Balansae; Amazon Sword (I already want to pull this out, but my Balansae is still oh so small, so I needed some height in the back.) Oh, and moss. Not sure what kind of moss, just the mossy kind of moss.
5 Otoncilus; 5 Nerite Snails; 5 Neon Tetras; 2 Albino Corydoras (better match to sand color); 1 Betta. Coming soon: 15 Harlequin Rasboras.
Local River driftwood (literally the very first piece of approriately sized wood I found on the beach. It was pretty amazing.) River rocks (which very closely match the color of the sand, which I'm happy for.)
Thoughts and criticisms greatly appreciated! Discussion points I'd especially love to hear: are the conditions appropriate for DHG? This is my first real attempt at carpeting plants. In the past, I've had a bare foreground leading straight into some low growing Crypts. Also, how about 2 angelfish to go with the schooling rasboras? The Betta is content and has many areas where he can float lazily, so I assume the angels will be content. Lastly, I know I need shrimps for inevitable cleanup, but none of use are sold in my area (unless I want to spend TEN DOLLARS on ONE cherry red shrimp!!!) and I'll have to order them online.
Lastly, the giant boulder on the driftwood is temporary. It is merely weighing the wood down as the wood become waterlogged!
Thanks for looking!