Planted Tank Obsessed
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Nashville, Tennessee
12 Long Journal
I dont have a cool name for it yet, so its still just the 12 long journal ha.
This is a slower build. Ive put off starting my thread because the last little while not much has happened. I picked up a Mr. Aqua 12 long over memorial weekend for like $90. I have had my eye on it for a while, I like the footprint, the look, all of it. And it fits well into my specific space.
Ive gone back and forth with my goals and plans for the tank. I firstly wanted a river scene, then I wanted to try my hand at dutch. Ive kind of been all over. Ive been largely out of the tank scene for a while. I started to get back into it last fall but my job suddenly took me to Russia for 6 months so that ended that real quick. However I expect to be put a while now, so I wanted to see if I could really get back into this thing. Ive always loved having tanks around and planted tanks are obviously the best!
Originally I had only pool filter sand in there. But after looking at the empty tank with just PFS and water for a couple weeks, I decided it was just tooo...bright. So. On a complete whim I mixed in some leftover eco-complete I had laying around. Some of it is really tiny granuales and mixed in well with the PFS but of course there are larger pieces too. At the moment, I like the look (and thats all that matters right?). We will see how I feel about it in a month or two..... hopefully I still like it. I feel like the larger granuales sitting on top kind of add, in a way, to the natural "river" scene I seem to be forming. I wanted to add some driftwood (or maybe just one nice piece, I have a mental picture of what I want) but I havent found the right piece yet. My local LFS carries next to nothing and its the only one for miles and miles. So basically i'll have to find a piece online.
At the moment its still cycling. It should be done soon, its been running a while. Up until yesterday I only had some cheaper plants from the local LFS in there to keep it from being completley bare. However I recently got some plants from people here on the forum and its now its looking a lot better. Also this week my new light came, so its shaping up.
Im doing this deal on a budget so each paycheck is something new. This paycheck was the light, next paycheck I want to upgrade the filter. I currently am just running an aquaclear HOB but I want to upgrade to a canister. Havent fully decided which one yet.
My goals fish-wise is, I want a pair of main focus fish. I was thinking possibly kribs or even peacock gudeon. Then perhaps a small school of tiny rasboras and some pygmy cories if I could find them.
Anyways. It likely wont be the most phenomenal tank on here and my journal keeping skills surely leave something to be desired. However I enjoy reading through the journals and I figured it would be fun to keep my own. So. Here it is.
Tank- 12 Long
Substrate - Pool Filter Sand/ Eco Complete mix
Heater- Regular 200W heater
Filter- HOB Aquaclear with intention to upgrade ***
Light- Current Satelite + 36-48
CO2- Good ole fashioned DIY method
Fish- none ATM
Plants - (currently, subject to change..) Micro Sword, Bolbitis, Mini Pellia, Christmas moss, Anubis nana, currently mystery crypt, a mystery lfs hygro...
I appologize for the crappy phone pics. One things settle in and it looks nicer i'll get out the tripod and camera and take some better shots.