Fluval Spec V Journal! NOW a 20G High
First a quick background on me. I've been keeping fish longer than I can remember. When I was just a toddler my dad had a saltwater tank. Since then I've had beta's, a Cichlid tank, multiple nano reef tanks, a 75G reef tank, a 40B reef tank. Now at 28 years old I've moved out into my own apartment with my S/O and wanted something small to get me back into the hobby.
I've always admired planted tanks. I find myself just watching those scenic planted tank videos on YouTube. Gives me this feeling of peace and serenity.
Now this is my first attempt at a planted so go easy on my subpar scape! If this goes well, I want to upgrade to a 40g in a few months.
On to the setup!
-Fluval Spec V (new version)
-Stock filtration/Stock lighting
-Aqueon 50W heater
I'm using my tap water with dechlorinator/conditioner.
As of now the tank was setup with water flowing on 10/20. I've also added the plants right away. I went with the following:
-Cryptocoryne Lucens (I think it's Lucens)
-Marimo Moss Balls
As of today 10/22, the tank has just been running as is. I've only tossed a pinch of fish flakes in there for now. I have Ammonia on the way along with the API master kit arriving Wednesday.
I'll be doing a full fishless cycle. I never put so much thought in a cycle as I feel saltwater is easier to cycle. In most cases the live rock you put in to a salt water tank is enough to seed it with just a mini cycle at most.
As for livestock I want a few shrimp. Haven't decided on which ones. I also want to stock 5 Chili Rasbora's. I think this should be at the limit of the tank. If anyone has any recommendations here please let me know as this is not yet set in stone.
Pictures as of 10/22:
Last edited by Steemax; 11-05-2018 at 07:11 PM.
Reason: Change aquarium