Ive had my tank up for about a month now. I had a thread on a site that I wont name, but there is not a lot of activity there, and I have read so so so much helpful advice here so I decided to move my journal for the tank over here.
The tank is a 36g bowfront, and my first time doing any type of tank besides decorations gravel and fake plants(though i made some nice tanks that way) I have learned a lot so far, but I know I have a huge amount of stuff to learn still.
So this is where it all began..... 11/3
My wonderful wife gave me a 36 gallon bow-front for my birthday. I have decided to try my hand at a planted tank because I love how they look. Ive decided to go with a sand substrate because it was cheap and available. I could not find any pool filter sand so i bought "washed" play sand.
I thought I would have to change the water a few times to get it to clear out, I have bought unwashed sand that was cleaner. Unfortunately I do not have a hose on the outside of my house so setting a bucket under the hose bib and ignoring it for a while while the water ran was not an option. I ended up running a hose from my sink and running my siphon out the window and using the sink to try and match the flow of the two. and two hours later the tank was almost sort of clear.
we went to the local [Ebay Link Removed] box[/COLOR][/URL]" store and I bought some plants. a couple of bunched of anarchris, some mondo grass, a moss ball, a crested java fern, two amazon
swords, and some other smaller plants that i don't know what they are but I hope they are actually aquatic plants, once the water clears up some more Ill get some pictures of the rest of them and hopefully I can figure out what they are. Ive put in a large hardwood root that I cut out of a fallen tree in the forest around my house. I peeled the bark and boiled it and its being held down with some rocks at the moment.
Here is what the tank started to look like, I had added a second piece of rootstock(I know an odd position, I was waiting for it to get fully waterlogged so I could move it)
I had upgraded the lighting as well
Ive upgraded the lighting, The only light in there at first was a "bright white" 24" T8 bulb that came stock in the hood. I replaced the T8 in the hood with a aqueon floramax bulb. I also added another fixture behind it with 2 T5 bulbs, one is a 6,700k bulb and one is a "colormax" overall this seems like a lot more light, I would like to change the colormax to a floramax when I can get the money together. Both fixtures only use 24" bulbs
there were two gold mystery snails in here and a couple of ghost shrimp(the ghost shrimp did not make it)
I added DIY CO2 at this point, currently running 2 one gallon bottles and a chopstick diffuser
I removed all of the playsand substrate and replaced it with dirt/pool filter sand. I used the organic miracle grow mix. The dirt layer is about 3/4 of an inch with a pool filter sand cap on it.
The playsand was anaerobic in places and when i dug it out it stunk pretty bad.
I put all the same plants that I had back in the tank, down in the new substrate.
10 neon tetras
4 silver hatchetfish
this is in addition to the two mystery snails that were in the tank.
also added some "cardinal plant" from the local petbox store
tank seems to be doing pretty well, have been fertilizing with flourish complete once a week so far, ordered some dry ferts, will start dosing them soon
I did some reading and I think thing I got the math right on the solution that I made up last night. I made up 500mL of solution. I decided on a 25 mL dose, id didn't seem like anything smaller would allow me to get everything fully dissolved.
So to 500 mL of water I added
I hope I did my math right...
and that brings us to today
Thank you to those that read through this slightly large post.
Im glad to be joining this community, and hope that I can learn a lot, from my lurking that seems like it will be no problem. Any comments questions or criticisms are appreciated.