My hardscape has been set up for a few months now and I added plants almost 2 weeks ago. I'm starting to turn my mind to livestock and wanted to get some pointers on my water parameters and whether I'm on track to reach a good balance between fish and plants.
A little about my set-up:
- 65 gallon tank (36" long x 18" wide x 24" tall)
- 36" Current USA Satellite + Pro (currently on for 6 hours per day)
- Eheim Classic Canister Filter 2217 (holds the Eheim MECH and Substrat Pro along with Seachem Purigen - no carbon media)
- Jager TruTemp Submersible 150W
- GLA GRO CO2 System with Milwaukee pH controller
- Atomic Inline CO2 Diffuser
- CaribSea Super Naturals Sand
- Two large pieces of bogwood
- "Aquascaping rocks" (they look like Seiryu stones, but weren't labelled at the store)
Still to come:
- Anubias barteri
- Anubias 'Petite'
- Cryptocoryne x willisii
- Microsorum pteropus
- Microsorum pteropus 'Trident'
- Alternanthera reineckii
- Cerqatopteris thalictroides
- Hemianthus callitrichoides 'Cuba'
- Micranthemum umbrosum
- Staurogyne repens
- Alternanthera reineckii 'Mini'
- Nymphoides hydrophylla 'Taiwan'
- pH - 6.5
- kH - 3.5 dkh
- gH - 6 dgh
- Ammonia - 0.3 ppm (I left some plant matter in the tank to build a little bit of a biological filter, not sure how effective it is)
- Nitrite - 0 ppm
- Nitrate - 0 ppm
- Iron (non chelated) - 0 ppm
- Iron (chelated) - 0.25 ppm
- Phospate - 0 ppm
- Calcium - 60 ppm
- Temperature - 79 F
Drop checker is a nice shade of green and the plants are growing great (O2 was streaming out of a damaged Val the other day).
- Seachem Alkaline Buffer - at water change
- Seachem Equilibrium - at water change
- Seachem Prime - at water change
- Seachem Stability - at water change
- Seachem Pristine - when needed
- Seachem Clarity - when needed
- Seachem Flourish Root Tabs
- 2 Angelfish
- 15 Cardinal Tetras
- 7 Sterbai Cories
- 7 Otocinculus
I would also love to have Amano Shrimp, would the tank be heavily planted enough for them to escape the Angelfish or is that wishful thinking?
What order would be best to put them in the aquarium? I won't be getting the first fish for another two months as I will be going away for two weeks and don't want to worry about them. All I know at this point is I want the Angelfish to go in last, which will probably be in 4+ months time.
So what are your thoughts on this set up? I notice from the front my tank looks clear, but when I look from the side it seems to have a cloudy white colour to it. I have never put much thought into TDS, could this be why? It has been cloudy since the first day it had water in it, which is why I don't think it is a bacterial bloom.
I'm mostly interested in thoughts on the parameters as that is what I have been playing with this week. I want to reach a nice balance for plants and fish.
I have been following the Tropica App guidelines. I am on Day 12 and have had no sign of algae this far (we'll see how it goes when I up the light and start adding ferts).
My apologies for the long thread and any spelling mistakes (my laptop has spell check and wasn't a fan of a lot of the plant names!).