Thanks, I edited the first post with my lighting setup. I plan on revising it though, I want to hang the T5HO fixture (and for the life of me I can't remember which one but it's a good one) about 6" over the water instead of having it sitting right on it like it is now. Just need to get the time.
The first tank inhabitants were
6 Assassin snails
5 Peppered Cories
8 Tiger barbs
7 Green Tiger Barbs
I have gotten rid of that ridiculous twirly plant that I hated so much lol.
I was initially hoping the Barb school would be big enough to keep the aggression amongst themselves and keep the cories out of their mess, and they did... for about 2 weeks. Feeding time was also a problem, more akin to a warzone and the peaceful cories never seemed to fair well. Not to mention, the bigger Tigers started killing off some of the juvi greenies so I decided it was time to change.
In my search for something different, I began to find the depth of this forums knowledge base and the swap and shop area. I'm happy, but my wallet is so not :P
So I bought these from member dewalltheway
(1) 2"x4" DHG Belem Hairgrass
(15) Stems of Pogostemon Stellatus 'Broad Leaf'
(10) Stems of Ludwigia Arcuata
(1) Stem of a Ludwigia species
I rescaped a bit and am not really sure if I liked the Stellatus that much, so I might look into something to replace it with. In the meantime I also chopped the crappy lower ends of the mermaid weed and ammannia that was a result from the poor care that the LFS had given them and replanted the tops (hard to see in the picture, but they will regrow to cover the heater).
Big difference. After a lot of forum lurking and reading, I really have grown to like seeing shrimp in tanks. So I decided I wanted shrimp, which meant that the Tigers absolutely had to go.
Today the biggest change happened. I rounded up all of my Tiger Barbs (which was a PAIN!) and took them back to the LFS. They were replaced with the order which had just arrived from msjinkzd
, who was great to order from and I definitely will again!
New tank inhabitants
Red Cherry Shrimp - x10
Chili Rasbora - x29
Otocinclus affinis - x4
Peppered Corydoras - x5
Cories are much happier, shrimp are so much fun to watch, and the Oto's and Chili's are beginning to settle in.
Some assorted pics.
PS, anyone know what kind of plant this is that the Oto is laying on? It's the front right one in the full tank pic.
Total running time is about 2 months now, so we'll see where things go.