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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-27-2020, 09:20 PM Thread Starter
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New house, new 15g tank

Moved from a studio to a 2 bedroom house so thought it was time to set up a tank. Technically I bought most of everything before I knew we were moving and then was halted for a month but same same.

So far equipment wise I have:
15g rim tank (with frosted background)
Eheim 2213
Stainless steel in/out flow pipes with surface skimmer
10lb co2 tank (been in storage for like 5 years from my 75g tank tear down)
GLA pro co2 regulator and bubble counter
Finnex planted+ LED light
ADA aqua soil powder and amazonia
Yamaya stone from AFA
Branch wood from AFA

Need to get a test kit to check water parameters as I've moved just a couple counties south of the city.
Also due to Covid the only set back I have now is sourcing plants locally. Typically I would go to AFA in SF but they've been out of stock online and I'm not sure if they have normal in-store hours yet. Will have to check for a store even closer unless I want to make an hour trip each time to AFA.
Lastly, I'm debating changing direction layout wise. The new place has huge bright windows west/east so it's practically always sunny and I have a feeling with my finnex and these windows I'm going to have algae problems. Not a big deal, just need to regroup design now and possibly consider algae eaters.

So for now some pics! This is in no way a layout concept, just wanted to soak the branch wood and get the filters going so it didn't look so sad in the corner.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-27-2020, 10:09 PM
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AFA is open for curb side pick-up, best to call so they can put everything together.
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-29-2020, 11:03 PM Thread Starter
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Water parameters:
tap water:
ph: 8.8
nh3: 1ppm
no2/3: 0ppm

off gassed tap water:
ph: 7.2
nh3: 0.25 ppm
no2/3: 0ppm

tanks current ph is 6.8 running only with filter and branch wood. Wood is still leaching some tannins, but it's only been soaking for a week. I'm still waiting on a GH/KH test kit.

ALSO.. I'm still debating between a centered island with surrounding AFA la plata sand - or else sticking with my original idea of a right sided island/cave and carpeting the left side with DHG or MC. Now that the tank is pushed to a corner of the house I feel like a centered island might be more eye catching as well as less maintenance, although I don't mind several hours of plant therapy.

Speaking of plants so far I'm thinking..
Buce
DHG or MC
H. pinnatifida
jungle val
AR mini

does anyone have any other recommendations?
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-06-2020, 04:32 AM Thread Starter
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Update

Tested today GH: 1 KH: 1

Also decided to flood the tank.

Going to call AFA tomorrow and see what plants they have, if nothing peaks my interest then I'll be ordering online.

I am truly terrible at scapes so I played around with it for 2 hours and this is what I came up with. Thoughts?
*I cannot figure out how to upload photos into the thread without attaching directly to the site, can anyone help with that?
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Was able to get some stuff from AFA and plant a little today! Slim pickings so I will be ordering more plants tonight - thinking of carpeting DHG all along the right side and not sure what else to fill out with. Got the old co2 tank going and dialed up as well- been around 4/5 years and was surprised I even remembered how to hook it all up haha.

Plants:
3 (teeeeeny tiny) buce red mini
3 hygrophila pinnatifida
and some vallisneria..
they were out of jungle val and he said they had another type that was smaller so unclear. Ididn't catch the name as I was somewhat in a rush.

I haven't kept any of these plants but thought I'd change it up from my previous tanks. Any thoughts/recommendations would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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Made a detour while out grocery shopping to "browse" a random mom and pop fish store and then walked out with some dwarf baby tears. Was hoping they'd have some DHG... but unfortunately it seems to be sparse local/online so this will be a little experiment. I've fiddled with baby tears before and have done mildly okay but since it looks like it'll be a while until I can source DHG this will do. I'm carpeting half with baby tears and if I end up loving the outcome I may just stick with it.

Did a quick peroxide/water dip and then went to work on gently pulling out clumped roots then planted. I think I only want 2-3 more plant varieties and then I'll settle and let it fill out. I'm on the hunt for some AR mini if anyone has some to sell!
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Weekend update

Did a 50% water change today and cleaned up the glass a bit as well as some spot algae on some plants/rocks. Dosed the tank with 2ml of peroxide just to be safe, will be turning down the light schedule as well. I could've probably done more but I didn't want to overdo it and its mostly just precautionary.

Val is melting but I'm hoping it will bounce back in a few weeks. H. pinnatifida is doing pretty good, some leaves look like they may be starting to curl so I will have to finally figure out micros/macros. Mini red buce is looking real good and I'm seeing some growth! Baby tears are doing the best and I can see little runners every day, I broke up some of the bushier clumps and spread it out a bit and am really happy with it. Will probably trim them in a few days but I wanted them to get a little more established before I start wacking them down.

I've never dosed dry ferts before but I expected I'd need to this time around so I bought a bunch from GLA before setting up the tank in preparation. I am frightened of all the calculations and research I need to do but I've been mentally preparing for this.. will probably start Monday.

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