12.5G Tetras Tank with MTS Invasion (May 2011 - now)
Let me intro about my fish keeping background. When I was a teenager, I bought an Oscar and rear it in my dad's 50g tank.
I kept him for years, but he is alone in there for all those years. FInally, my dad gave him away because I went to study
abroad and nobody to take care of him.
Anyway, few years ago I thought of starting fish rearing again. But little did I know about it, since when I was rearing my oscar,
my dad set up and maintain the tank for me. I bought a 10gal and put in tap water, pour in the gravel, put in some plastic plants
and rocks, and a powerhead filter, and immediately put in some tetras (neon, rummy nose, baloon eyed, etc).
About 3-4 weeks later, one by one the fish died until all of them died. Many suffered ich and fin rot as well
Yes, I forgot to put the anti chlorine... ... I felt dumb.
Then few months later I start again, this time remembering to put anti chlorine. with some cichlids with 10 gal i kept 6 cichlids!!!
and true enough, one by one died due to fights. i was stubborn, not listening the advices given in the forums about overcrowding.
i tried to rearrange caves, plants, rocks.. but they still die from fights. and they also die from sickness such as dropsy,
and some sort of bacteria infections... Yes, I did WC once a month only.. Here are some pics of the tank when it houses
And my Mbuna Cichlids:
After the death of my last cichlid, I decided to quit.
For a while that is, when a friend suggested me to start Planted Tank instead! I thought since the tank is lying around empty,
I gave planted tank a try. Of course my initial idea was just to have plants in the tank.. like an underwater forest that is nice to look at..
with no fish, it should be easier.
As I setup planted tank, I've came to learn about how to make the tank suitable for a plant -
the nitrogen cycling, the weekly water changes, fertilizers and CO2 injection.
MY TANK AS OF NOW (CURRENT CONDITION)
and.. so I started Planted Tank.. for history of planted tank see Post #3 below.
The Current Tank Specs:
-Rimless OceanFree 12.5g with Curvy front edge. (i calculated the volume properly based on the dimension that i measure, it is actually 12.5g)
-ADA Amazonia Soil (Coarse Type)
-Lil bit of gravel for a "shore" kinda feeling lol
-AquaZonic Powerhead (1000L/h) with Top Box Filter (Scotch Brite sponges and some ceramic rings as bio media).
-AquaZonic Top Lamp - "Hacked" - fitted with 2x 11W CFL Bulbs (Control by timer from 12noon till 9pm).
-No CO2 (used to run DIY CO2 but got tired of making them)
-Liquid Ferts (dose weekly).
-Added aerator to combat algae (Feb 2012).
-Argentine Sword (or Melon Sword) unsure
-another stem plant (?)
-12 Cardinal Tetras
-2 Flying Fox
-Lots of Malaysian Trumpet Snails
Being new, thats a good move. start with a small and low tech setup, get ur experiences with this tank.(im noob too) making sure u dont completely bury the java ferns.
PLANTED TANK BEGINS
I started with planted tank in May 2011. See how crappy the tank was. LOL.
Added a few more plants, and got cheated by the non aquatic plant.. LOL
Check out the hideous scaping....... he he
been looking at some of the awesome tanks scape in here, and started to try something with my tank.
Major rescape done.... looks kinda ok, but I am still not satisfied...
Soo....... I changed the scape againnnnnnnnnnn
But NO, i change again. LOL
Hey thanks TwoStrokeKing. I just added a few more plants... Progress 4.
wow nice are u using a desk lamp?
No. I am using aqua zonic (china made) aquarium lamp. However i modified its interior to fit 2 cfl bulbs. I put in 2x 11watts energy saving bulbs in there. Equals to about 80w total.
It's been a while. I thought I take some photos of my tank as of now.
My new oto cleaning up the anubias that has been covered with diatoms.
Love it. You'll have to post more pics as the plants grow, it'll be looking fabulous for sure.
it's turning out terrific. The java ferns are very impressive. You thinking of adding shrimps?
sAroock, actually I tried adding 1 yamato shrimp before. then i left for my hometown for 4 days. when i came back it was dead (orangy stuff at the filter intake). So since then, I am scared to put a shrimp in. I was thinking to make another nano all-shrimp tank though.
The tanks looks great. I love danios. They don't always photograph well, but they're constantly up to something.
If you're looking for shrimp, I've kept ghost shrimp in my 10g with no problems.
Just did a major rescape today. Check out the photo in the first post.
lurrch, yeah.. I love danios as well. They are super active!
I would have left it as it was though, it was really filling in sweetly.
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