tank shot from 07/15/18
So- I know someone who has to get rid of his tank, and I offered to take in some of his fish... They won't all fit in my main tank so four days ago I set up this empty spare I had, a 29. However after some inspection I could not stop worrying that tank might fail someday. It's older, I'd got it used. It had signs of three times
receiving some kind of impact- chips in the glass on two outside corners (at the seams) and the trim was cracked through on a bottom corner. Fretted over the possibilities for several days and then just gave in and bought a new tank. (My husband is very
anti flood-risk) However I went a bit smaller as the extra heater I have is only 50 watt. I'm not looking to buy a bunch of new equipment right now.
It's a simple tank. I started it off with my old marineland penguin 170 HOB bio-wheel filter, using media pulled back out of the 38's canister, all the leftover fine gravel/coarse sand I had in a bag, and the spare 50 watt heater. I'm planning on keeping this one cooler, at 72 degrees. All the plants are epiphytes or floaters. Have been wondering for a while if I could run a low tech tank with ambient daylight from the window (no direct sun, and what light there is gets filtered thru curtains) like my daughter's snail bowl. (Where hornwort and anubias cuttings absolutely thrive on just snail poo and top-offs every other week) No light, doesn't even have a proper hood- I laid a plastic lid off a toy bin over it. Stuffed some pothos and arrowhead cuttings in the gaps around the filter. This pic is from the original setup with the 29- now everything is on a new 20H and the plastic lid covers the gap.
Hornwort stems two ways in here- tethered onto stones with rubber bands-
And more fastened low on the back wall, rubber-banded onto suction cups.
This bunch of windelov fern is trimmings from my betta tank.
It's kind of the centerpiece plant in here. I've always loved the look of light glowing through foliage.
I also put in some little sprigs of java fern rhizome on a stone out of my main tank, the week's worth of spirodela polyrhiza culls as floaters and more hornwort bis that are too small to peg down on anything yet. Last but not least, a handful of malaysian trumpet snails taken from both established tanks. Not sure yet how I will do the ferts- perhaps with the very low/ambient light these plants will do okay just on snail and fish waste, and only need partial water changes? After all, that's how they were growing in the fish bowl...
It finished cycle this morning. No ammonia, zero nitrite and high nitrates. Did a large water change today while I was switching tanks. I just might go pick up those fishes on saturday. Am I crazy. I never thought I'd have three tanks but having this one set up I really like the looks of it already!