The links below are some pics of my new 20 Long Iwagumi tank, finished planting yesterday, check it out.
To pre answer questions about the setup:
20 Long, Derimmed the top only of a cheap Aqueon
Ryuo Stones from ADA
Lilly pipe knock offs from Hong Kong for $45 (look fine to me)
Eheim Pro3E canister
The stand I made from a $60 iron aquarium frame and from recycled wood, early 1900's NYC building that was demolished. I bought it at "build it green" in Queens. The wood only cost me $18!! It was very easy to make and I think it came out great.
I have a few questions about the Amazonia New Type and Power Sand Special I used for substrate. I've done huge water changes everyday for the past week, pre plants arriving.
Ammonia levels still way up, Nitrites are high as well. I have an established filter hooked up to the tank, this used to be my quarantine tank filter that always had a source of ammonia being added in drops or fish.
Plants arrived yesterday so I had to get them in, I did two large water changes prior. I know it will take a few weeks for the bacteria to colonize large enough to handle the new bioload, the question is. Will the HC I planted easily get ammonia burn if it's above 1 or 2ppm? Should I do small 20% water changes everyday? Can I dose prime to detoxify? After all the hard work that goes into these setups, I'd hate to have my carpet burn and die. I want to just leave the tank alone and let nature take its course but I am afraid the plants will not suck up enough ammonia yet since they are not established.