This is my first real aquarium. I've always wanted something other than the fishbowls my parents allowed me when I was younger (I know, ick) and now that I've moved out, I've invested in a real aquarium. Unfortunately, not as big as I'd like due to limited space.
I've been lurking through planted aquarium forums and whatnot for years, so I'm very excited to get my own show on the road and contribute something!
Start date: December 27th 2017
Tank: Fluval Spec V
Lighting: 7000K stock light
Substrate: Flourite Black Sand capped with Caribsea SuperNaturals sand
Flora: Anubias nana petite, Fissidens moss, Hetheranter zostifolia, Echinodoros tenellus, Cryptocoryne wendtii (I believe), and what was sold as Alternantera Reineckii mini but I'm pretty sure is some type of Ludwigia.
Fauna: 3 hitchhiker snails (they gon' get et), some stupid planaria or detritus worms.
When cycled, I'm thinking 1 dwarf puffer and 3 otos OR 3 large amano shrimp.
Unlike most tanks, this one is viewed from both sides... So its gotta look good from both sides. I wanted something like a river bed flowing downward. Not a dramatic slope, but I really love the driftwood I picked for that reason.
However, I'm thinking of breaking the large rock up into smaller pieces to have more surface area to put plants in that corner and also create some more height and visual interest, as well as nooks and crannies for my future inhabitants to explore. Or maybe get larger, smoother river stones. Also, I'd like to hide the end of the driftwood in the rocks. Thoughts? Boyfriend likes it the way it is but I'm not sold.
Atm, I'm doing a fishless cycle using food. Today I measured .25ppm Ammonia, .25ppm nitrite and 5ppm nitrate (a few hours after adding more food) so I'm nearly cycled.
The tank is currently suffering from an algae outbreak that appeared yesterday. Many of my plants were apparently grown immersed (the grass and zostifolia) and so are melting away but theres been new growth the past couple days! The only thing is that the zosti is growing roots from all over. I'm too much of a noob to know what its trying to tell me.
Today started dosing Seachem Iron up to .25-.5ppm and tomorrow Excel.
First day planted and flooded.
The guy at my LFS was nice enough to give me a towel and the floor Spec to try hardscapes on.
The other side - some new growth but also a buttload of algae.
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