Aqueon Evolve 8 - Freshwater Planted
I wanted to share my new tank (destined for a dwarf puffer, and some shrimp.. whether they are going to be feed shrimp or pets remains to be seen) and also ask a question.
First, here is a couple snapshots of my new tank:
now to my setup and question:
this is supposed to be an 8 gallon tank with the hidden sump, but it is really more like 7.5 after my substrate and decorations, i filled about 6.5 gallons into the tank. it has the same filter as the aqueon quietflow 20, which is supposed to be good to 20 gallons, but the pump is much smaller, but at full output pumps about a half gallon a min. i've got it turned down to about .25 gallons a min as it was way too turbulent otherwise. I added an additional mechanical filter pad as a prefilter infront of the aqueon supplied filter, which is both mechanical and chemical. Additionally i filled the space behind the filter with ceramic media from my 3+ year established 36 gallon planted tank (hopefully to kick start the fishless cycle) (see picture). This tank is using fluval ebi shrimp stratum, and I've got about 3 inches of it. I've got 3 sword chains from my established tank, plus 4 "onion" plants and 4 narrow leaf micro swords that have been planted in here since day one. I've done between a 25-50% water change each day (except today) to help get rid of the tannin from the wood and cloudiness from the shrimp stratum (it gets very cloudy, even after rinsing twice!)
this tank is into day 5 of the cycle.. and I'm getting readings that seem a bit .. odd?
this afternoon, using my tetra kit(s) i measured 0 ammonia, 0 nitrite, 0 nitrate and a PH of 7.5 german hardness of 9. am i jumping the gun on this seeming to have already cycled? could the ceramic filter media from the established tank made THAT MUCH of a difference?
i haven't measured a notable amount of ammonia, nitrite or nitrate since the second day, although on day 3 my ph did spike to to like 8.2 or so, it has come back down.
Nice looking tank there. I managed to cycle my spec v pretty quick using media from my other tank. That took just over two weeks I think. So I suppose it is possible for yours to be about right. Maybe monitor it a little while longer just to make sure it stays the same.
Good choice with the dwarf puffers. I'm waiting to get my first pair at the weekend. I'm so excited for them. It's amazing how curious they are and so full of character
You have a good start going here.
last night I added another 500g of bio blocks.. do i need them? probably not. did i feel better putting them there? you betcha! :fish:
I also picked up a handfull of MTS and 4 ghost shrimp. they went CRAZY cleaning the tank, and as of this morning, 2 of them had molted!
my water is still just DEAD ON.. so i think if this continues through sunday, i may go pick up my little puffer then.
unless i decide to go all shrimp. I'll admit, i am on the fence about this.. i'm really enjoying the ghost shrimp in and of themselves. I'm not sure that i am willing to try to buy/breed enough shrimp to keep the puffer fed and a visible population of shrimp in the tank.
we'll see :red_mouth
I ended up choosing a dwarf puffer:
at first he was acting really stressed and i was worried when i went to bed last night, but now he's swimming around the tank looking at everything!
my only concern is that he seems to think that the moss ball i added yesterday is food, he keeps circling it like he is trying to figure out where the opening is :D
thus far, he has completely ignored the ghost shrimp.. one was sitting next to him, and one was right behind him cleaning away on the moss ball and he didn't even look at them. Of course, he might still just be full from the LFS too.. :eek:
newest addition courtesy of sharbee54!
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