I'm heading down from the Bay Area to the Central Valley (near Fresno) tomorrow to get this tank setup.
Specs for tomorrow-
20 gal long
pool filter sand or play sand
Tetra Whisper 20-40 HOB filter w/ Purigen
Hardware lamp with 67000k bulb and timer
flourish root tabs
about a softball's worth of christmas moss (combo of the stuff Charlie Kim sent me and my own)
2 golfballs worth of fissidens
have no idea how much java moss
some reg and needle java ferns
40 super rcs from Jimmy Ko
1 SAE (coincidentally also named Jimmy)
1 pond snail
Specs in a month
6 breeding pairs of Pure Strain Black Bar Endlers
2 pygmy cories (They'll be getting friends when we return to SF in august)
1 SD dragon betta named Gyrados, who's so chill I can trust him with fry and RCS babies
No heater, because it gets 100+ in the summer in the Fresno area.
The idea is to get this tank kinda sorta established one month before I return with my endlers, cories and betta to stay for the summer break. It's a super low cost budget project as it's only going to be temporary (3 mos), however at the same time it needs to be done right because the focus of the tank it to breed the RCS and endlers as well as farm the plants. It's tricky because I won't be there every day to watch the cycle, so I decided that because of this I'd make sure to have a very strong filtration system to help with the levels. Also, I'd have the lights on a automatic timer and have some kind of plants and livestock introduced right off the bat so that there would be at least some kind of bateria growth before I returned. I know what I have listed is hardly a bio-load, but I figure it's at least a start and the livestock are all algae eaters so they'll contribute to keeping the tank clean while I'm not there.
My parents will be involved in the process, but only in a minor way since I could only get them to do a water top off once a week.
I'll be dosing fertz and stability as well as feeding the algae crew up until I leave and then, fingers crossed, everything goes well on it's own.
I expect for everything to be messy and overgrown when I return, but at least it will be started.
Eventually everything (but my cories and the betta) in the tank will be up for sale. The plan is hopefully be able to put together kits of plants, super rcs and pure strain black bar endlers for an affordable price while selling other things individually.
Also I picked up this as a project.
It's about 15" long by 5" wide and I'll be covering it entirely in Christmas moss, letting it grow and thicken up and selling it at the end of the summer (for probably about $30)
We begin tomorrow, hope you enjoyed the preview