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Old 07-27-2012, 09:46 PM   #1
crazymittens
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Default 50G with 30G sump - month 10 update

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).

Goals
The goals for this tank are as follows:
  1. Learn how to run and enjoy an aquarium
  2. Low maintenance (minimal water changes, fert requirements)
  3. Low-light to save on power costs
  4. Low-tech - remove complication of CO2
  5. Low-cost (relatively, anways)

Water quality
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)

Infrastructure
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.

Timeline
  1. Mineralize the topsoil
  2. Lay the mud, then plant everything
  3. 2-3 weeks to cycle
  4. Add the RCS (10-15 to start)
  5. Give it 2-4 weeks for the RCS to get established
  6. Add a school of cherry barbs (~dozen)
  7. Enjoy, maintain, and document progress


More to come, and pictures, of course.

Last edited by crazymittens; 05-31-2013 at 04:07 PM.. Reason: More thoughts added.
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