Welp, now that I've accidentally spent most of the day responding to PMs and reading through tons of tank journals (do this, people! It's wonderful), I guess I should update another of my own.
Not a lot going on with the Spec V. Keeping bacteria alive by dosing ammonium every day. Will snag some Black King Kong shrimp sometime in the next month or so.
Buces and Crypts are growing in and I've done a bit of re-arranging. Likely to add some more in the coming weeks.
Really tough to get a shot of the right rear corner where some little Crypts are finally growing in:
Right rear corner isn't really visible when looking at the front of the tank, as it's hidden behind a piece of driftwood covered in moss. But it's visible from my desk and looks pretty neat.
Spec III is temporarily set up with a few Crypts so I can get a cycle going and get them growing. Will get photos of it at some point soon.
Have some additional branchy driftwood pieces coming sometime in the next week or two and will put together a taller bit of hardscape once it arrives. Then I'll add it to the tank, put in some Anubias or some of my larger Buces, hopefully some Java Fern, some additional Crypts and the tank will be good to go.
Haven't done many lush or overgrown tanks (that weren't moss-only) and am looking forward to seeing how this plays out.
Inhabitants will hopefully be some really dark brown/black/something Neos, depending upon what forum members have available. Will also have a few Heterandria formosa as I work on a larger tank for them.
Been doing some brainstorming as I prepare another tank but am not yet settled on what it will be. I plan to house Heterandria formosa and Zebra Babaulti (because @Discusluv
's Babaulti have turned out to be stunning) along with Neo culls. So it'll have some sort of sand as a substrate, rock or driftwood, all the everyday low-tech plants I already have and some Hygrophila pinnatifida because I've recently begun to appreciate it.
The empty tanks I have on-hand:
- Deep Blue Professional/Seapora 5.5gal
- 30cm rimless cube (7.13gal)
- 8.7ish gallon rimless (slight) bowfront (like this)
Just need to get my ducks in a row and figure it out. Won't be running whatever I set up without a cover because I'll have fish. Kind of want to save the cube for the winter and set it up as a Pure Red Line CRS tank with this piece of wood I bought specifically for the tank about seven years ago:
They've both been waiting all that time for me to put them to use. How's that for planning and patience?
You can see why I'd want the cube to be a shrimp-only tank with little in terms of plants because the wood would be the focus. Maybe a Buce here or there but certainly nothing glued to it. Has lots of nice hidey holes for shrimp. A tank like that wouldn't have much in terms of lush plants to keep skittish fish feeling comfortable.
The standard 5.5gal is small and common. Everyone knows the drill with a tank like that. Have everything I need for it - including an old Finnex LED.
The bowfront would be easier to scape with lots of plants. Would have to get a new light for it - something like an ONF Flat Nano or Fluval 3.0 Plant Nano. It would be a bit difficult to cover without considerable expense. Unless anyone out there has any DIY ideas. Can't have anything janky-looking in my kitchen. Could DIY something out of clear netting and cut acrylic, I guess. Anyone have suggestions that won't break the bank?