6 Gallon Cube planted setup
Hey all - Figured this would be a good place to share the ups and downs with this setup. I recently got this little cube after having a lengthy period without a tank. I had one previous planted tank that I had set up with CO2, some t5 tubes, and fluorite. It grew dwarf sag well. I convinced my wife the kids needed a fish tank, but we'll likely be moving soon so I wanted to keep it very small. Bought this little aqueon cube (6 gallon, 11.5"X11.5"X11.5"). The kids got to pick the stock, they could not be moved from a small group of neons. I got a few RCS to deal with algae but they have died. I think this is probably because the tank wasn't well cycled yet. I'll try a few again in a month or so.
20lb CO2 tank and regulator - had it from homebrewing, looking into something much smaller
Burkert solenoid - scored this for $17 new
Cole Parmer Needle Valve - jeffkrol (via MikeA) clued me into this and it works great ($35! but the price is now $95 on same site)
Using the crappy light that came with the thing right now. Have a better one but haven't figured out how to DIY rig it over the tank yet. It gets a ton of sun.
Finnex PX-360 - I reduce the outflow from this a bunch to keep from creating a whirlpool
Heater that will be disappearing as spring transitions to summer
Flourite with some osmocote+ mixed in plus some local stone
Water - from the tap
Ferts - Thrive+ 0.5ml per day before lights on
pH - 6.4 degassed, 6.2 pre-CO2, 5.5 when I turn the CO2 off - calibrated pH meter
KH - API 3 drops (~50ppm)
GH - API 6 drops (~100ppm)
temp - 73f
Water changes - Tuesday and Saturday 1.5 gallon
Anacharis narrow leaf
So I planted this thing on 3/13. Did a big rearranging of things on 3/26 since I had a better sense of how things would look. That included a massive trim of the anacharis and clinopodium. I think I'm seeing diatoms, not to worried about this as the tank is new. Have seen some hairy green algae on the beach, but its been minimal. The Hygrophila and Penthorum are showing some yellowing of old leaf edges and the hygrophila has shown some holes on old leaves (nitrogen and potassium?). I recently turned the CO2 up to 1 bubble per second, and placed the diffuser directly under the filter intake. I was surprised not to see my emersed grown crypts melt back, but they also haven't been growing a ton. There are new leaves forming though.
I should have taken a top view. There is a big gap in the middle of this tank behind the rocks where I want something with a color other than green that'll work in this small space.
Open to any and all suggestions.