I like the idea of a sort of an online journal, and I really should have started this some time back so that I could record all of the disasters also. Or maybe not
I think everybody getting into any hobby is bound to have a few issues as most things are going to have a learning curve of course.
These pictures aren't too good as I'm working with an almost 6 year old little 1.2 megapixel digicam. Hopefully sometime soon I can upgrade that as well.
I don't really have any aquascaping per se
in this tank as of yet, as I've been too busy "fighting the good fight" (algae) and just seeing if I could get the stuff to live, and hopefully on the road to actually thriving.
The tank is a standard AGA 55 (48x13x20) with a homemade hood containing the AHS 4x55 compact fluorescent kit. Total of 220 of light. GE 9325 bulbs in the back and 6700 something-or-others (also from AHS) in the front. Although I have a couple of case fans mounted in the hood, I've never wired them up as the water seems to stay at a pretty stable 78*F without any additional cooling. Additional heating is supplied by a Ebo-Jager 150 watt heater, but it seldom comes on. I assume it still works .
Filtration is a Fluval 204 with ceramic rings and polyfiber floss in the baskets.
Substrate is 3-4" of Wal-Mart brand "Special Kitty" kitty litter with about an inch of gravel on top although this has since mixed.
CO2 is pressurized using a Milwaukee valve/controller/bubble counter set-up with the SMS probe. Set to 6.5pH approximately, with a Glass-Gardens external reactor.
Plants are cryptocoryne spiralis
; limnophila sessiliflora
; alternanthera reineckii
; ludwigia repens
; rotala indica
spp. and a few anubias of unknown variety.
Fauna at this time is 4 otocinclus catfish; 4 blue rams (3 females, 1 male); 5 cardinal tetras; and 2 american-flag fish, presumably a pair. Also countless pond snails (ecccttthhh
Right now I'm planning on tearing down this tank and changing out the substrate to eco-complete some time this summer. While I haven't really had any problems that I can tell with the KL, I don't care for the color and if you really get in there and stir things up you get a "dust" over things that's unsightly when it settles out, although it doesn't take too long to settle.