Over the past week or so, my partner and I decided not to focus *so* hard on the plan to have rams. I've really enjoyed looking at some apisto tanks, and both of us agreed that it felt sort of overwhelming to go from basically no plan to a super rigid one. So, changed the name of this thread. We're also thinking we'll skip the moss wall, and see how it looks to have a little bit of a natural look with those roots going.
Got some big work done today! Spent a lot of the morning pulling apart the 20long. Moved our fish into a spare 5gal we had, only to realize we don't have any of our old HOB filters anymore. So, until we can get everything in the 29 ready to roll, they'll be hanging out in their little condo with a submersible heater, and we'll do manual water changes.
In the midst of pulling out an insane amount of java fern and java moss last week, throwing some anubias and buce in pots around, and lots of hands in the tank getting ready for today, our cories (we think) seem to have decided they're super horny for the chaos and laid some eggs! I'm sure none of them will make it, especially since we aren't prepared to do any special feeding. But it's still kind of fun to see.
Since we just got the anubias and buce, and they came from our LFS that we trust, we decided to just plop those plants into the condo to keep them wet. Everything else that came out of the old tank (one java fern and a few anaemic crypts, plus the roots of a bunch of pothos and philodendrons that were growing out of the top) got a good H2O2 bath, a rinse in dechlorinated water, and then rested in the condo to provide a little shelter for the fishies, plus, of course, give ourselves plenty of time for other chores without worrying about their wellbeing.
While I'm on the topic, the new plants we got are:
- buce: godzilla
- anubias: nana, nancon, lanceolata, hastifolia, congensis
Been experimenting with hardscape. We bought this piece of driftwood sort of on impulse a few weeks ago, so I didn't have it with me when I went to get the rocks. I always forget how much bigger rocks and wood look at the LFS, even if you do a dry run in one of their tanks of the same size. This 29 is so. much. bigger.
than the 20long. I wasn't really expecting that at all. I know I want to go back and get some more rock in this color, hopefully smaller pieces I can scatter around like pebbles. Would love some feedback on what I have so far.
I'll include a few other photos of the driftwood in other positions for comparison (I know there's a lot of glare on the glass, I'm sorry!), but I think the general position of the wood is what we like best, since it has a good vertical contrast and a little bit of a cave. The rocks could go anywhere, though as far as I'm concerned.
Some info on our equipment:
- We've been using a eheim 2213 canister filter for a few years now and we like it a lot.
- We also have a finnex planted 24:7 light bar that we like. We've been procrastinating on building a hanger with conduit and raising the light a little bit. We'll do that our next available weekend.
- We plan to add an in-line heater, but when we got to that point today we realized we bought the hydor 200w heater for 16mm tubing, and the filter runs on 12/16mm.... yeah.... so we're taking a little break until we can think about how to exchange it. Unfortunately we bought it a long time ago, hoping this upgrade was going to happen then, and even if we could remember where we got it I'm sure the return/exchange date is well past gone.
- Upgraded our pipes from the green plastic ones that came with the filter to jardli stainless steel lily pipes. This might be the single most exciting decision I've been allowed to make on any aquarium project ever.
- I also bought a new jardli co2 bubble counter/diffuser combo. I suspected our old one was wearing out a little bit, but when I tried to clean the ceramic I broke it.
Anyway, please don't judge me for all the dumb mistakes we're making today! Just being humans over here; but I figure if I admit the stupid things I've done I'll be less likely to make the same mistake again later. I hope.