I will have more to update tomorrow after I pick up the equipment. A friend of mine has graciously offered the use of his tanks/etc while he is out of the country for work (years), so I will be picking up 2-3 10-gallon tanks and one 30-gallon tank (all glass).
The goals for this tank are as follows:
- Learn how to run and enjoy an aquarium
- Low maintenance (minimal water changes, fert requirements)
- Low-light to save on power costs
- Low-tech - remove complication of CO2
- Low-cost (relatively, anways)
The water, from what I know, is ~pH7 and moderately hard, so what goes in the tank must be able to deal with this - I do not want to deal with changing water chemistry via expensive chemicals.
What's in the tank
Substrate: Mineralized topsoil (AaronT's method) capped with Black Diamond 20/40 blasting grit
Plants: Anubias, Java fern, some type of moss, Rotala, Hygro
Fish: Cherry barb
Inverts: Red cherry shrimp (clean the plants/substrate), Ramshorn snails (clean the glass)
I would like to experiment with sumps/overflows, but will probably keep things simple to start. 30G on its own and a 10G to breed the RCS. One of the spare 10Gs will be an emergency quarantine tank.
- Mineralize the topsoil
- Lay the mud, then plant everything
- 2-3 weeks to cycle
- Add the RCS (10-15 to start)
- Give it 2-4 weeks for the RCS to get established
- Add a school of cherry barbs (~dozen)
- Enjoy, maintain, and document progress
More to come, and pictures, of course.