So this will be my first tank build journal, or attempt at one haha. Since I'm starting classes tomorrow, I'm not sure how often I'll be able to update, but I'll try my best.
I recently received a Mr. Aqua 12G Long as a Christmas present. It took a couple of weeks, but today, I finally got most of my equipment together and started my dry-start. My previous tanks have been sorta slap-dashed, throw stuff in and hope it grows kind of projects, so I wanted to set this one up slightly more "methodically".
Here's my 20G and 5G tanks. They've been pretty hit and miss when it comes to the planting, but is doing well so far. I'll admit, not the prettiest tanks in the world haha. The 5G is a quarantine/ holding tank as of now for extra fauna and flora. I have some White Clouds and Chili Rasboras in there for now. I plan to transfer most of the stuff over to the 12G when it's fully operational
Equipment/ Substrate So Far
Finnex Planted+ 24/7 CC
Tetra Whisper Air Pump 40
AquaClear 20 Filter
Two Sponge Filters
Fluval M 50 Watt Heater
Altum Aquatic Shrimp and Plant Aquarium Soil (guy at the LFS recommended it to me; apparently some sort of Japanese volcanic soil?)
AMACO Mexican Self-Hardening Clay, 5-Pound, Red
This is my first time using aquasoil, or anything that already had some nutrients in the substrate really. I just really wanted to do this right, you know? At least once haha. I used the clay to make a bunch of little balls, around the size of a small marble or tapioca balls, and had them air dry so I can use them as an iron supplement under my main substrate.
Might be a slight overkill on the clay, and I'm not exactly sure how long this will last me, but we'll see what happens. Trial and error. I added another layer of the soil on top of that before adding in my hardscape. I'm using some spiderwood and rocks that I happened to get in bulk.
why is this one image so big omg
Not sure if I'll change it up later or not, but it looks good for right now. So after this was done, it was time for me to wet the soil and plant my carpeting plant, in this case, some very sketch "glosso seeds" I got off amazon. (I'll include a link somewhere). And here ladies and gentlemen....is where I SCREWED UP
Not even 3 hrs into running this tank and I have possibly ruined this tank. Ahh typical. I should've researched these seeds more thoroughly before sprinkling them everywhere.
So, there is a very high chance my mystery seeds from China could be Hygrophilia Polysperma or such (which isn't horrible; I'll just keep some in the back and rip out the ones in the foreground) OR they could completely be some seaweed seeds that is used for face masks _(:3 |L)_ I guess for right now i can:
Start plucking them out as they sprout and begin carpeting something else. I do have some Marselia Minuta sitting in a jar with some topsoil. I do also plan on getting some Hydrocotyle Tripartita Japan; might be easier. I have to wait for them to grow cause these seeds are like the size of my pores.
Wait and see what they grow into, pull out the foreground, and plant some Hydrocotyle or Marsilea. This way I might get something
out of it. This will most likely be after it's flooded.
ignore the round rock on the far left. I'm trying to see if the seeds will grow on top of it so I can gift it to a friend
So this is what it looks like as of now. I have the light running on the 24/7 mode. I will have to play with the settings later when the tank starts filling up. I have two airlines running into the tank so that there is some air movement in there; I don't want mold to start growing. My house stays rather cool, probably too cool for the dry start. I might have to hang a heat bulb above it to make sure it get warm enough to stay humid.
And that's about it for now
) If anyone has any advice or suggestions, it would be greatly appreciated. Even though I've had those two other tanks prior to this, I'm still pretty novice at this haha. I'm still thinking on what plants I want to use in the tank. I've had pretty good luck with Amazon Swords and Crypto. Wenditti so I might try those guys at the back corners. Also looking at some Java moss, Java Fern, and Anubias. What other plants should I get? If I haven't flooded the tank before removing the mystery plant, I might try another carpet plant to dry-start. Maybe Monte Carlo? I'm only dosing Excel for the tank so not sure how well it will go.
Here's the link to the seeds. Apparently the seller also sells some kind of functional lingerie if anyone is interested: