I have two tanks that I am going to journal here. One is a 150 gallon tall tank with a 60 gallon sump, and a 7 Gallon Waterbox that I have on my desk at work.
First is my Nano tank at work. I have it going and have some plants in it. Not only is this my first Nano tank, it is my first planted tank.
I currently have the following plants but will be getting more as time allows.
Moss Ball (Marimo?)
I also have some rocks and some drift wood.
This tank is my 150 tall that I have in the living room at home. I like this tank because I got it cheap and built the stand for it myself.
So here I had just gotten the water into it. I was just gong to put in fake plants and just go for a fish tank but decided later that I really wanted some plants in it.
My wife did not like how the rocks were put in so I had to redo them. Here is how the rocks on the right hand side ended up.
I found this chunk of drift wood at the LFS and had to have it and a few others that I found. I had them soaking for a while and this one actually sank before any of the other ones. I figured that due to it's size it was going to float for months but I was wrong. I stuck a plastic plant behind it and called it good for now.
That did not last long because I bought an Amazon Compacta and a Staurogyne Repens. Put them into the tank last week. The Repens looks like its going great, but the Compacta was not looking so hot this weekend.
This weekend I went out and bought a few things. One was some new plants. Two for the Nano tank and one for this tank. I am trying to remember what this plant is. I know it starts with a C...
I also got some existing tank media to seed the tank with so I bought some fish to go into the tank. Ended up at two placed this weekend and bought fish at both of them. So now we have some swimming life in the big tank.
20 Neno Tetras
5 Male Guppies
1 Surprise fish in the guppy bag
5 Endler Guppies
and while with the wife at the second store,
10 Danio GloFish, two of each color (Orange, Red, Green, Blue, and Purple)
Lost two or three of the male guppies over the weekend. One was almost right away. The second one was the next day when I found him stuck to the overflow, and the third one has just disappeared. He is either really good at hiding, or he is dead somewhere in the tank.
Speaking of hiding... No body is hiding. We are so happy about that. After having Cichlids for so long we were used to fish hiding. But not these guys... All of them are out in the water and we rarely see a fish in the rocks or the plants. They all seem to be very happy, except for one Blue Danio. He seems to have taken the S. Repens as his own personal plant and chases away anyone that comes close to it. He is being a little jerk about it too.
That was on Friday and Saturday. Yesterday I figured that since the plants were not looking so good I would make some changes to the lights. I pulled the light bar I built for my Cichlid tank which has three standard light fixtures on it. I pulled off the lights from the saltwater setup, to include the 205w MH light and replaced it with the other one. We had just bought some replacement 90watt LED flood lights for the outside security light and noticed that they were PAR36 lights. So I put three of them in the light bar and turned them on. They really light up the tank but boy! Are they yellow! So I pulled out the middle one and put the three led fixtures onto the tank support across the middle. These added quite a bit of blue back into the tank and really improved the look.
Sadly, but the time I was done withe everything I was tired and wanted to just watch some TV. So I did not get any photos of how it looks now.
I will get some photos since I changed the lights and post them tomorrow.