First Planted Tank: A Journey
Just getting started, and I’m doing it like I live my life: mostly unprepared and winging it 🤣
Tank: used 36 gallon bowfront
Substrate: playsand (2/3-3/4) and peat moss (1/4-1/3, I didn’t measure) 1-1.5”
Covered with one layer loose weave cheesecloth to help keep the peat down
Cap: sakrete pool filter “sand” (silica and quartz pea gravel) 1-2”
Filter: Aqueon 30
Light: LED bar
Warmer - currently at 80 for cycling
Used bottled water because our tap water is quite chlorinated at times and I didn’t want to risk it. Added some API stresscoat to be safe.
Started with Ammonia 0-0.25 ppm, Nitrite 0, Nitrate 40. pH was 6.4 (because: peat) so I added a handful of bicarbonate and got it to 7.4.
Put in a bottle of beneficial bacteria and a few plants:
Two amazon swords,
One C wendtii
One Anubias (attached to a driftwood, if I didn’t screw it up, with brown cotton thread)
And one I can’t remember the name of 🤭😳
It’s cloudy from the substrate but it’s only been up for an hour.
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You love me, you hate me, you know me and then, you can't figure out the bag I'm in.
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