My first tank:
I just started my tank this past Friday, 02/20. It is a 29G tank with two 30" Coralife Aqualite 2x18W light fixtures (1 6700 and 1 ColorMax each). I place two Eco Complete, black, bags into the bottom. I currently have two large and two smaller Malaysian driftwood pieces. There are three clumps of micro sword. One anubia narrowleaf, one anubia coffeefolia and an african water fern. The microsword is dying back a bit. There are a few light colored leaves now. I don't think it was grown submerged..so may be in a bit of shock. The African Water Fern looked a bit rough on arrival and looks about the same now, not bad..but not good yet....hoping it does well. I soaked the diftwood for almost a week and it did make the water very slightly tea colored right up until I transfered it...but I haven't noticed any coloration in my tank yet.. maybe the filter is removing it... I had some sizeable ammonia reading until today...3 days. I had the heater set at 75F..until last night...when I turned it up to 82F. todaythought it would help thebacteria get established. I took a reading today and the ammonia was zero...nitrites were sizable, first time I really saw much in the way of nitrates. I added some prefilter material from a friends tank directly to the water on day two. Today, day four, I added some Seachem stability...the dose seachem indicated for a new tank on day one.
I am thinking about three to four feathery plants for the back ground...and then just see how things grow..if they do grow. This is my first tank after all.
Possible future fish...honey gourami (red flame), peacock gudgeon, Danio erythromicron....still a work in progress...any opinions, ideas or advice is greatly appreciated.