Hello all! I thought I'd journal my newest effort to keep an aquarium, as this seems like a nice place. Advice and conversation welcomed as I learn through experience!
To give a quick background, I've had a couple of tanks in the past, as well as the too-common under-informed community tank and betta bowls. I'm so glad that the internet has brought better fish-keeping practices into more mainstream use. My most recent fish were at least 5 years ago, though, and I shut those tanks down out of frustration that they were never quite what I wanted. Trying again, starting now, with a nano that can sit near my computer (one of the problems before was that the tanks weren't in a living space, so I never really spent time with them except for water changes).
Cleared off the table and some storage near my desk, so the tank will be enjoyed every day. Got the new tank
and a better filter
dry set up. I didn't use the crappy sponges that come with that tank, but I had some old filter materials left from years before. Bio and mechanical, no charcoal.
One big surprise during this: I thought I'd be re-using an old heater, but the Stealth has been recalled (something about the occasional explosion?). So I'm about to order the THEO 25W
. If it's 7" it'll fit nicely; if it's 10" like the Amazon page says, it won't...
Tomorrow I think I'll get to add substrate - I'm thinking a mix of sand and Fluorite (both already on-hand). Will this work for planting? I can keep fish alive, but plants will be a new thing for me...my last try didn't go so well!
Nothing very interesting to see yet, but have some pix! 3gal Nano - Beginning to setup new tank (no water) - Album on Imgur