Okay I want to start a journal to keep up with my tank's progression.
Day 1 w ecoxotix light:
Newest full tank shot:
This tank all started about a year ago when I decided to set up this tank to help relieve some stress in my life. About half way through the fishless cycle a year ago I was told we would be moving soon and I decided to not get any fish as I thought it'd be too stressful for them.
So this April we finally move and I'm excited to start this tank up and get it running. But nope one more set back I have a two week vacation that's been planned so I'm stuck waiting a little longer. So finally get the tank up and running later April and I start yet another fishless cycle.
Durning the cycle I slowly started learning about planted tanks and I got more interested and over the past week have added some plants (still need more). But plants and fish will soon follow.
It's now July and I have finished my cycle again and I am about to start adding fish next week.
Some tank parameters
Nitrate 0-20 (take reading before and after water changes)
Temp 79-81 F
1) 55 gallon tank (48"x13"x21" LxWxH)
2) Ecoxotic 48-60" LED 18" above substrate
3) Marineland glass canopies
4) 2x aquaclear 50's (running on low for now)
5) 2x 100W viaaqua heaters (set at 82F but doesn't get above 81 and drops to 79 before kicking on)
6) 120/140 lbs of PetCo black sand
1) water wisteria
2) Flame moss on driftwood
3) one amazon sword
4) S. Repens
5) green cabomba
6) crypt wendtii green
7) crypt wendtii tropica
8) cypt undulaya red
Here is the list of fish I intend to stock (will update as I add the fish.
15 cardinal tetras (15 in tank now)
10 rasbora hengeli (10 in tank now)
8 sterbai cory cats
6 kuhli loaches (6 in tank now)
2 german blue rams(2 in tank now)
4 oto cats (4 in tank now)
4 assassin snails (4 in tank now)
And what everyone's been probably waiting for here are the pics and progression so far.
Right after getting back from vacation (anubias survived)
Added some water sprite and amazon swords
Added some wisteria and hornwort (not a fan of hornwort but will keep for now)
Went back to LFS and added more wisteria and forgot java moss again 😒
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