FTS October 19, 2019
FTS September 14, 2019:
FTS August 22, 2019:
It has been about 4 years since I last had a tank set up, which was a 12 inch cube with CRS and a few snails. I am super excited to finally have the time, space, and resources to get back into the hobby. And I am going to do my best to update this regularly.
My wife and I just moved into a new house and I will be working from home which will allow me to enjoy my tank all-day long
. It is set up on my desk and has two viewing angles, the front and the side. I will have to travel a few days a month (or more at times) so have opted for a low tech set up that I hope I can balance well and keep the maintenance low as well. That way it will be easy for my wife to take care of if I am gone for more than a few days.
The stand is a Husky workbench, list of other equipment below.
Seapora 14 inch cube - 11.4 gallons
AquaClear 20 - with inTank media basket
inTank filter pad and Seachem Matrix
Lominie Asta 20
Aqueon Pro 50 watt
spider wood and locally collected rock
Tropica soil powder on the bottom in the middle capped with CaribSea sunset gold sand and a sprinkling of peace river gravel
I really wanted to go for a natural lake/river kind of look and opted for sand as the substrate with local rock and driftwood hardscape - but also wanted some of the benefits of having a soil substrate. We'll see how it works. In the past, I used fluvals shrimp/plant soil with success but wanted a different look this time.
Eventually, I plan to stock the tank with Blue Dream Neocaridina shrimp and Tiger or Tangerine Tiger Caridinas. I would also love to add a small group of nano fish. Still debating between pygmy cories, ember tetras, or the current front runner a species of micro rasbora like boraras urophthalmoides. Feedback is welcome or if you have any other ideas please share!
As for plants it will be dominated by Crypts. I have a big plant order coming tomorrow (I hope - post office here is closed on Saturdays), and already received a smaller one along with the fertilizer I will be using which is ThiveS from NilocG.
Anubias barteri v. nana
Hydrocotyle tripartita 'Japan'
On their way:
Bucephalandra sp. 'red'
Bucephalandra sp. 'wavy green'
Cryptocoryne becketii 'petchii'
Cryptocoryne wendtii 'brown'
Dwarf water lettuce
Hygrophila polysperma 'sunset'
Microsorum pteropus - java fern
Vesicularia dubyana - christmas moss
I know that's a lot of different species, but I haven't ordered very much of some of them - I am really excited for the second shipment to arrive so I can finish planting.
The water is still pretty cloudy but I plan on draining most of the water when the rest of the plants arrive and refilling with new water, which should help clear things up.
Water out of the tap here is relatively soft but has a PH of about 8.
Water parameters about 20 hours after filling and right before first plants went in.
Ammonia: 0 - 0.25 ppm
Nitrites: 0 - 0.25 ppm
Nitrates: 0 - 5 ppm
I am using the API liquid test kit for PH, Ammonia, Nitrites, and Nitrates and the Hagen test kit for gH and kH. Reading the colours can be tough but the colours for Ammonia, Nitrites, and Nitrates were all a little darker when testing the tank water compared to the tap water so I am assuming the cycle has started.
I did add some shrimp based fish pellets and fritz stater bacteria, so hoping that will help jump start the cycle.
FTS and two side views
I have followed so many amazing threads and journals here over the years I am excited to finally be starting my own and contributing to this awesome forum.
Thanks for reading - would love your feedback!