Hi all! New to the forum and aquascaping. I just designed my first tank. I have very limited space so went for a 9 gallon tank which fits perfectly in my apt. I planted it 5 days ago. Some pics attached:
- Ada Amazonia 2
- Aquaclear 20 (didnt use the carbon, but used the media)
- Bacterkit Soil from Prodibio
- A few Seiryu stones to support the brazilian bogwood
- ONF flat nano (6 hours for now)
- Weeping Moss
- Rotala Walichi (I realize co2 is recommended but gave it a try, gotta admit it was for pure looks) Losing the red color, but looking good.)
- Mayaca Fluviatilis (same co2 comment)
- Crypt Lutea
- Dwarf Pennywort
- Jave Fern
- Alternanthera reineckii mini (same co2 comment)
- Crypt spiralis
- Cryptocoryne undulatus red
- Ludwigia Palustris (will probably loose some red)
Its looking pretty good overall, although the Alternanthera turned pale and I think its melting. The Crypt lutea has a few melting leaves but not the whole thing. The Mayaca, the Ludwigia and Rotala float up so easily! Kinda frustrating. Luckly they can grow floating so its not damaging them. The moss is loosing hairs, overall It looks pretty good but i keep finding hairs at the bottom.
Here are the results of two tests:
Nitrite: 0.50 ppm
Nitrate: 15 ppm
Day 5 (today jan 15)
Nitrite: 2 ppm
Nitrate: 10-15 ppm
Have done two 40% changes like ADA suggests for the Amazonia 2. The last water change was today jan 15.
So for the questions:
Am I on the right track? I realize Amonia and Nitrite needs to be 0 for the tank to be cycled. And I guess the presence of Nitrates is good cause means bacteria are doing their job? Any advice or comments?
Also, once it’s cycled, thinking of putting some livestock. Was thinking:
- 5-7 neon tetras or 10-12 chili rasboras or 10-12 ember rasboras
- Red cherry shrimp
- One snail
Any advice or recommendations on livestock possibilites, plants, or anything at all is highly welcome!