Back in November my boss said I could to pick up a tank for the office. At that point I wasn't in any way privy to the ways of the planted tank. I was literally at PetCo, went "Hmm, live plants? Pretty." Asked the PetCo employee if they would live, etc etc etc. So as I did research I learned I did almost everything the wrong way (nice of the PetCo employee to give me all the wrong info huh), from the gear I bought to the way I setup to the plants I got. So here is my progression of learning =) I apologize for the crappy pics, they were all taken with my phone. I promise to get some nice ones.
Original setup with regular gravel and mostly non-aquatic plants.
Added some actual aquatic plants, such as java fern and sag.
Changed the substrate to Eco-Complete, added africa fern.
Got some crypt spiralis, anubias, and anacharis. And otos
Realized the anubias needs to be tied to something. Got some mopani driftwood and tied it down. Also got some more crypts (wendtii? and ?)
Had some extra Java Fern, so I tied it down to the wood also. Bought two dario dario, lost one two days later
Blacked out the back (sorry I couldn't get a pic without glare)
So this tank currently has;
- 10gal 'Half-Moon'
- November 15, 2009
- 24W LED 10,000K
- Seachem Liquid dosing regime (for now)
- 50W Tetra brand heater
- Crypt spiralis, java ferns, anubias nana, dwarf sag, crypt. wendtii, misc crypt?, anacharis, africa fern.
- a few platy fry, RCS, 3 otos, and one dario dario
I've noticed some bad holes in the java ferns, and a few in the anubias. I'm guessing it's from lack of potassium, so I am going to increase the dosage in that.
I also lost one RCS this Monday along with one scarlet badis. I don't know if this has anything to do with the Excel or is just coincidence? Any ideas? I heard that it can 'burn' your plants and inverts if dosed too high.