After lurking around here for about a year, I figure what's a better first post than a journal, right?
So this tank has been set up and running for about a year and 3 months. Had plastic for a the longest time then a half baked attempt at switching over to real plants. They were actually not doing too bad until a poor snap decision to bring home some fish from a local chain pet store that in turn brought a breakout of ick. At the same time I had a breakout of blue green algae. So after treating the ick then going through a blackout to battle the BGA, I ended up losing most of the plants and half of the fish.
I'm taking the opportunity to do this now since my blue lobster did not make it through her last molt and my 29g tank is now empty. So it's a great time to move my fish into the 29 and completely rebuild the main tank.
The tank in it's first iteration:
First attempt with live plants (sorry about the reflection):
So now I'm ready to do it right. Here's my equipment so far:
- Lighting: 3x54w Catalina Aquarium (6.7K, 10K, Plant Grow) - reused
- Filter: Marineland C-360 - reused
- Powerheads for additional flow: Maxi-Jet 600 reused and Koralia 1 on the way
- Heater: 300w
- CO2: Excel at first, but will go pressurized, looking at Green Leaf Aquariums setups
- Ferts: Still need to figure this out
- Substrate: 7 bags of Eco Complete is in transit
Substrate is due to arrive Tuesday, so today I will move the fish. I guess the one thing I'm still not sure about is whether I should keep the filter running or completely clean it out and start with a fresh cycle?
My inclination is to keep the filter going but I'm a bit nervous since I've battled ick and the blue green algae 2 months ago, but they are completely cleared up at this point.
I'd love to hear thoughts on my filter question.
Rocks are coming out, keeping the driftwood and intend to add a piece of more branch-like driftwood. My wife is handling the layout, she's actually the one the most interested in the plants, I just get the responsibility of the equipment and maintenance
She has some plants in mind, I have to grab her list to add to the post.
Current fish include rainbows, tetras, clown pleco and butterfly loach.
Will post more pics as things move along.
Thanks in advance for your thoughts.