Well the tank is coming along nicely. Since my last post I have cylced the tank and parameters are perfect. I cylyed the tank quickly by adding first some snails and then a few cherry shrimp. I added a few plants, Anubias, Java Fern, Trident Java Fern, Java moss, Fissidens, frogbit and a few others I can't remember their names. The tree stump in the tank has lowered my PH considerably so I have added a PH stabalizer from Seachem and that worked nicely.
Now today I finally filled my Co2 tank set up the equipment for the first time and added a drop checker, which looks nice emerald green.
Oh and I also attended the GSAS (Greater Seattle Aquarium Society) anual auction which is huge and takes all day, quite amazing if you have never been to a big "everything aquarium" auction. I picked up some cheap ferts and chatted with friends. Everything I wanted for my tank went for big $$$. That's ok though...
Here are a few pics:
Here is my new Co2 setup all dialed in...
Here is a new front tank shot (it's getting there, not sure about the plants yet but I had these plants in another tank so if I don't like them or the placement that's ok. Also the tank is still a little hazy and I believe that is from the wood (tannins) and the substrate was very dirty so every water change it's looking better. I will add Chemi-Pur if it doesn't clear up after a few more water changes.
Lastly, I still don't like the background, and the fact you can see that tubing on the right so i may add a backdrop. I like the look of wax paper but when I tried it...not so much. Partly my problem was my roll of wax paper didn't cover the tank enough and I had to add more to cover it all and you could see the lines where I added more paper. Anyway maybe I'll try again. Plants will cover most of it anyway.
I also am getting closer to picking out my fish now that the tank has cycled. I'm for sure getting some Chilli Rasbora's as I mentioned on my first post and I think I will get them tomorrow or later this week. After those I'm still not sure, maybe a Panda Loach but at $25 a pop at my LFS that is money better spent somewhere else, for now anyway.