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post #1 of 3 (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 3 (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 3 (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..
H. pinnatifida
jungle val
AR mini

does anyone have any other recommendations?
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