I saw an add for a tank on the local community board and the guy only wanted £50 for it so I snapped it right up.
It was a 'traditional' sunken battleship and flint chips set up with a picture backing. Needless to say, I didn't put that back in.
150w fluval tronic
Internal filter 'fluval 3plus' (cycled)
2xT8 tubes, one pink, one warm daylight, (not planted tank bulbs).
Fluval 30 gal rimless tank + hood
3x resin tank ornaments and 3" flint chip substrate
1 black skirt tetra
1 male blue Moscow(?) Guppy
I had hard scape planned for a different glass box, but having to make a stand was choking the set up to death so I adjusted my arraingement for the new dimensions and got my hard scape in while the fish were still in their transport bags and filled it back up with warmed, treated tap water.
I didn't see a minicycle, even with all the gravel gone, presumably because the bioload was so low.
I went ahead and brought over my grow-on planter (bottom left in the photos full of creeping jenny and a couple of bacopa stems) and bought some plants:
and a standard Java fern
Along with some female yellow cobra guppies to keep the male from pining away. Unfortunately, I can't do the same for the black skirt, so I'm looking to rehome it.
Plants (still in their pots):
BUT! My LFS hasn't had any gravel or sands in stock for a few weeks, so I'm ordering it from them specially. But the tank couldn't wait to be reestablished, leaving me with a barebottomed tank with rocks in and a small population of fish in varying stages of pregnancy.
So, opinions on how best to add aquatic compost (westlands) and a gravel cap to a running tank would be appreciated. I'm thinking I'll condition the compost in buckets to leach the initial ammonia spike and then add it to the tank and cap.
Plants to buy:
Java fern trident
+anything that catches my eye.
Scape-wise, I'm going for an island type, with the rocks interspersed with moss pebbles and Java ferns with a large bush behind. Then, to the left, an open, sandy area to be populated by Corys.