Well I have a 10gallon algae farm that has been building up for months thats been set up since August of this year recently after I received a free 55g from a neighbor who didn't have space for it and got it for free also so they passed it on for me. Well i do have space so thats where it all began...
For a loong time (too long) it sat in my bedroom floor waiting to be used. Then in November I got the stand my dad made for me and put it up. Since then it had been neglected, some time in early Dec. I bought the background and around Labor day I had bought the filter on sale. (its a bit weak I might eventually get a new one... but we will see)
I had been looking around for a good deal on flourite but its winter here and i finally decided I didn't want flourite because I didn't want to spend a WHOLE day washing 6 bags of it! So finally today took the plunge and bought some substrate... a whole bunch of different bags
which I had never thought i was going to buy,....
here is what i ended up getting...
2 bags of medium sized aquarium gravel natural color
2 bags of small sized black aqaurium gravel
2 bags of flora base planted aqaurium substrate.
Well I got home and started spreading it out and I ended up not using all the bags. Bought too much. So I ended up having left over one bag of each of the grave so I'll return those two..
First layer was one bag of the medium sized aquarium gravel.
then went in some plant spikes by the name of jobes which I had seen wasserpest use I believe and they were saying that they where safe in all so after I put that layer in I put those all over in a grid pattern. next I covered that with a bag of small black aquarium gravel. Finally, the two bags of the flora base.
After that I got my background out and cut that to size and attached it with some clear packing tape. I didn't want to make a mess doing all the other ways I've heard of. It looks great no bubbles..
So after all that I spent the rest of the night making trips from my room to my bathroom repeated about 50 times with the orange juice jugs (you know those white plasic ones with the handle..? idk how large)
I used a plastic plate that floated while i was adding watter so i never disturbed substte. Which worked well.
After this was all said and done I took a break since I was kinda tired... I walked into my doorway once so I kinda had a hurt foot... (i had two jugs and one was filling while i was pouring one and once and a while I would turn the faucet up to high....)
So thats day one in the 55g setup!
On Tuesday I made an order from Dr.s fosters and smith and ordered these products..
200 watt visi therm steal heater
one coral life digital thermometer on sale! =D (i think that was name ill have to check)
a medium sized glass only mag float also on sale =D
and some other assorted things to bring my order up to $60 so i got free shipping
so my order was at $40 so i bought $20 more of merchandise but only paid $10 more
that should be coming around new years.
also today I bought 2 more corries and 3 very small ottos but they will grow quick in my 10g algae farm
There is my clean up crew right away I have to put in
So I hope to get plants in as soon as my dad gets the light fixture made (he wont let me do it he is too picky....)
I might end up making a little box out of 2x4s for the time being so I have my lights by the end of the week lol...
Pictures to come hopefully I'll take and get up tonight or tomorrow be warned though they will be my first tank pics ever... I'm guessing I use image shack to upload? I'll have to see.
Well today was a busy day with lots of surprises lets see how tomorrow turns out..
My adventure has begun....
O and I forgot to add the cross support BROKE so my dad rigged up a contraption in the nick of time so the glass didn't break.. luckily I noticed it because the glass was starting to bow out. It was a simple piece thin piece of plywood and two 90degree angle joints. Works great so far. So lets see how this turns out
Some questions I need answered.
Fertilizing I know next to nothing about fert sceduals so I need help there...
Also, I will be have to do diy co2 atm so I already got that figured out...