Current photo (10/22/17):
Current Equipment, Flora, & Fauna (10/22/17):
29 Gallon Aqueon Aquarium (30 x 12 x 18)
Marineland Penguin 350 HOB (REMOVED)
Sunsun 303b Canister
Sunsun 200W inline heater (PENDING)
Sunsun 530gph powerhead (REMOVED)
Chihros 3M Clear vinyl hose
JARDLI Lily Pipe outflow & Surface skimmer inflow
Finnex Planted+ 24/7 (Running in 24/7 mode, 6a-10p; suspended 22" above substrate)
Pool Filter Sand
Driftwood from local bogs/creeks
Rocks from the Tennessee foothills
Java Fern "Narrow Leaf"
Java Fern "Windelov"
Red Dwarf Water Lily
Dosing 2/3 EI twice a week
Seachem root tablets
x2 Flourish Excel daily
16 Neon Tetras
4 Otocinclus (Previously six)
4 Panda Corydoras
10+ Snail Sp. (Ramshorn, local horned snails, 1 massive mystery snail)
pH - 7.2
dGH - 6
dKH - 2
Greetings. Just got married and bought my first house, so an aquarium was necessary to make it feel like home.
I've lurked on these forums for ages, but I've finally started up a tank in earnest and this will provide a bit of accountability and insight for me.
So without further ado, here is how it started...
Initially, we were unsure where to place the aquarium. We have an open kitchen/dining space/living room, so no area immediately popped out to place the tank. Then my wife suggested we set it up as a divider.
Genius, but this presented the challenge of it being viewable from three sides.
So I started out with just the wood and a tentative design.
Next the plants. Narrow leaf and Windelov Java Fern were added in addition to Aponogoten bulbs, a dwarf lily bulb, and a crypt I've had for a year growing in an empty aquarium. They grew emersed for a few days before I flooded the tank.
I then added an old Marineland Penguin 350 HOB and a powerhead to get some circulation going to prevent algae and get a bacteria culture started. The first inhabitants were some Ramshorn I'd been keeping in a jar and some snails from local streams (I used to keep entirely native fish/invertebrate species at one point). I used them to help me know how my cycling was going. Once it was cycled I added six Ottos, but nearly all of the LFS here—as in many places—have horrible conditions, so I promptly lost two despite 0 ammonia, 0 nitrites, and barely 5ppm nitrates. Ottos are also typically wild caught, so what can you do?
I had been wavering on keeping a Corydoras of some kind, and when I made the final decision to add Pandas (4) I went ahead and added sand!
After looking at all of the horrid cords and the HOB blocking the view from one side, I realized I needed to bite the bullet and get a canister filter. After much deliberating I finally purchased a SunSun 303b, lily pipes, and the other accoutrements to make the tank appear "cleaner". I added the Bacopa Carolinia and Ludwigia Repens not long after.
The next step was to hang the light and get a bit more height since the substrate was so high at the peak of the slope.
Lastly, I added sixteen neon tetras at the behest of my wife and due to fish availability/price.
So here we are. I plan to add four more Panda Corys, two Ottos, and ten Celestial Pearl Danios once the plants have really filled in and the dwarf lily has sprouted some lily pads. Will keep updating weekly, but would appreciate any feedback!
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