Happy Father's Day to me! Just got a 9 gallon fluval flex set up today. Ultimately I'd like to grow small chain swords, crypts and a few hygros. My wife would like a small colorful livebearer so maybe endlers in this tank. That's a few weeks off while we cycle.
The placement. The built in shelf is OSB under the wallboard with a 2x4 running back to front. Should be plenty for a 9 gallon tank.
The rocks. Had these from my crop of rocks for the 120gallon. These were more red and the 120 will have a heavy gray leaning in the hardscape so it worked out great.
Thing number one, helping me check out the new toy. The first gen had large overflow holes, big enough for most nano fish to swim back and forth through. The newest versions include this semi circle guard which reduces the size of the holes but I'm sure fry are still going to be able to go back and forth at will. I'll have to DIY a solution with some foam down the road.
The hardscape as I plan on keeping it for now.
The first crop of plants I bought... not the species I want long term but they were available and I can grow them out a bit to seed the next tank as well. Some bacopa, dwarf and Pygmy chain sword, a hygro and some ludwigia. Not sure on exact IDs, the crypts I want will be more specific but were unavailable today.
Sloppy planting. I miss my tweezers from forever ago. Ordering a new set asap.
As it sits now. Playing with the lights, adding a red or a pink to the white is probably the plan, since I've read the red spectrum is important. The cloud and thunderstorm settings seem pretty useless IMO, can't figure out why I would want flashy lights in my tank.
No heater etc yet, going to see where this levels out for the next week or two. Soil is ADA ammazonia light.
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