I just wanted to start a journal to track things and to give the people who help me out a reference to know where I'm at.
I did a fishless cycle starting on Nov. 10th/19
Lobelia cardinalis, cardinal plant
Eleocharis parvula, dwarf hair grass.
Nov. 23rd added:
Cryptocoryne undulatus 'red'
Valisneria this is my only plant that hasn't come from tropica emersed cups
Dec.25th added rotala 'bonsai'. The rotala has been a tasty treat for my angelfish so it's been a slow starter but it's all surviving and starting to grow some finally.
So far I have used only tropica specialized liquid fertilizer. Started with very light dosing of one pump every 2-3days and have worked my way up to three pumps a day. I have been doing 50% water changes weekly and just my last change I moved from filling straight from the tap via python to aging my change water in a brute for atleast 24hrs, while aerating and heating it to tank temperature.
My substrate is seachem fluorite. Frustrating at times for planting, or should I say replanting.
I use a fluval 206 and a ac30 HOB for filtration. I've got a inkbird controller running a fluval 150w heater.
I've got a fluval plant 2.0 LED light that I've been running 8hrs/day.
Dec.26th I added pressurized co2 art pro se with a 5lb bottle and inline diffuser. It took me a handful of days to work myself up to the proper flow to get my dropchecker into the green. I haven't fully wrapped my head around determining co2 levels beyond getting the drop checker into the green and watching my fish behaviour.
I run my light, co2, and air pump with a teckin outdoor 3way smart plug. Works great through the smart life app. You can name each outlet and set as many timing events as you want and power outages don't affect it. I run my co2 on one HR before lights come on and off one HR before the lights go out. I run the airpump opposite of that and have it turn off one HR before the co2 starts and on 1/2hr after the co2 turns off.
My water has been very consistent so far. It is chlorinated municipal water and typical parameters are:
So far that is all I test for. And the last couple weeks life has been keeping me hopping so I haven't been doing a lot of testing just sticking to my scheduled weekly water changes.
I added fish on nov. 24th. My cycle only took two weeks. I had a mature 10g(now my quarantine tank) with which to seed the 45g.
I'm not going to bore (even more) with details of when/what added. Just that current stocking is:
7 red eye balloon tetras(yes the dreaded balloon!)
2 kuhli loaches
Pictures to follow as I've tried to start a journal a few times and end up losing my text somehow while copying and pasting pictures in. If you made it this far thanks for reading. And any questions, comments, or advice is appreciated.
Bump: Nov 27th
Bump: Jan. 9th