I just set this up a few days ago, acquired all my gear used from another hobbyist!
ADA Solar I with bent electric conduit as a hanger
Eheim Professional II canister filter
200W Hydor inline heater
Lily pipes, ADA intake and a knock-off outflow
La Plata sand
ADA Aquasoil Amazonia
5lb CO2 tank with inline reactor (I don't know the name!)
Glass drop checker I got from someone here!
var. bonsai or petite or something like that.
Some kind of moss I got from Aqua Forest here in San Francisco
Bolbitis heteroclita "difformis"
(it was labeled "mini bolbitis" but I'm not super sure on the accurate taxonomy of these guys)
in the far back, hopefully will grow taller!
planning on Psuedomugil gertrudae
or Pseudomugil cf. paskai
? Any suggestions would be appreciated too!
Also the usual Otocinclus and Amano shrimp.
FTS today 3.24.15
from an angle:
I was going for the whole sand on the foreground with an island of driftwood and plants look that is more common in larger tank. Is there a name for that style of aquascape?
Forgive the moss, I tied it on after I filled in the tank, and it's all on very loosely. Or I crammed the moss into the driftwood's nooks and crannies.
Water's still a little cloudy! I'm not running any carbon in the canister filter, just biomedia and filter floss. Looks clearer every day doing ~30% water changes though, so just gonna be patient I think.
Ammonia levels are still a little high at around .5-1.0 ppm. Nitrite levels are around 0.50ppm. I'll wait until the tank cycles before I add any fauna!
I am going to dose via EI, but not sure when to start it exactly? CO2 is running right now, am I supposed to start dosing too? I felt like the Aquasoil was leaching lots of nutrients right now so maybe it's not necessary immediately?
Any and all comments/cricitisms/suggestions are appreciated!