I thought that I would post a journal for the tank I just recently set up.
Any feedback, suggestions, comments, advice, etc is more than welcome!
It's a standard 20 gallon that I originally wanted to make into a SEA biotope riparium, and I still do. However, I decided that I am going to wait until I have more money, time, knowledge, and experience before doing so. A simple set up just seems like the logical thing to do at this point.
Anyways, the tank is set up in a "natural looking" sort of fashion.
For the substrate I used polished stones of various sizes, and I will be adding coarse sand once I get around to picking some up.
For "decor" I added driftwood, a cave, and some fake plants. As of now the only plants in the tank are java moss (scattered in various places) and a small Cryptocorne (not sure what type) in the back. I have some Bacopa that I am debating on putting in there, and I plan to get a bunch more live plants as well.
The temp is 76-78, the parameters are stable. About 50% of the water is from my 30 gallon and the other half is (treated) stagnant tap water. I soaked all of the substrate/etc in water from another tank before putting it in. Nitrates, nitrites & ammonia are perfect, pH is above 6 but hasn't gone up to 7. Everything's going well! (Aside from last night when the cats opened the filter top and pulled out some of the media, which made a mess but didn't screw up the water thankfully and the problem was solved easily enough, with an elastic band.)
Here is a photo of the tank.
This is Phantom, my main reason for setting up this tank.
In the near future I want to convince my mom (and I will!) to trade me one of my tanks/stands for her tank/stand (which is actually mine anyway) so that I can get another Betta and do this sort of thing, both tanks would be set up generally the same.
Which in my opinion is going to be awesome
, especially once both are turned into biotope ripariums!!
I'm excited.... Obviously.
So I guess that's about all there is to say at the moment.
Though I do have some questions & ponderings.......
I'd like to plant this tank more heavily (and the other when/if I get it) and just get the general hang of "aqua-gardening" which I'm very new to.
Here are the plants I want to get:
I think I am going to do Dwarf Hairgrass carpets in both, is coarse sand good for growing this or do I need something else?
What are the best floating & or spreading plants to use in a low-light tank?
I'd like to get a group of shoaling fish, this Betta has a rather peaceful personality and I'd like to try Neon Tetras I think. Do you think they'd do well in this tank?
Again, any input is obliged and thanks for reading!