I received this tank, stand, and light setup as a Christmas gift from my friend who had it in storage and was not using it. This is my second aquarium. I am re-homing my fish and plants from my current 20 gallon long to this setup.
: 25 Gallon - 24" x 12" x 20" - Spray painted black background
: Eheim 2215 (Classic 350)
: Zoo Med dual 24" T5 housing - (2) 10,000K Coralife bulbs
: Eheim Jager 50W
: MiracleGro Organic soil capped with Black Diamond blasting sand
: Driftwood from a creek (Boiled for 15 minutes), (2) lava rocks
: Various Danio & Tetra, Sterba Cory
: Amazon Sword, Anubias Congensis, Crypt Lucens & Green Wendtii
* Do not mind the rock on top of the wood, only holding it down until the wood saturates
I did the hardscape, planted, and added water on Monday (2 days ago). As of now, I am doing a fish-less cycle with my plants in the tank. When I added water, I was very careful not to disrupt the substrate. I poured water into a colander that had a plastic grocery bag over it, with minimal holes punched through the bag. The water was crystal clear up until yesterday.
Water parameters were okay to start. pH = 7.6, Ammonia = 0, Nitrites = 0, Nitrates = 0.
I added 2.5 gallons of water out of my established 20. I then had the bright idea of trying to speed up my cycle by adding in a used filter from my HOB off the previously mentioned 20 into my canister filter. I put it between the white polishing pad, and the carbon pad.
Immediately after turning my canister filter back on, I got cloudy water. I kind of expected it. It wasn't that terrible. After a couple hours of the filter running, I decided to test my water again. Same results, except I noticed a slight bump in Nitrates. Making progress!
Until I woke up to this beautiful sight this morning...
Any ideas? I plan on removing that old bio filter from my canister filter when I get off of work. I am more than likely going to do a massive water change (probably over 50%) also.
I will continue to add to this journal as often as possible! Thanks in advance for reading and any help or insight along the way!