Finally got a digital camera so I can share in the show and tell. I still have to get the camera settings right, but I couldn’t wait to post something.
Tank - 29g low-tech
Lighting -10hr - 150w (3 x 50w) Compact Halogen 6,500k
10hr- 20w NO 50/50 (handmade fixture) just for extra color
Filtration - X3
CO2 - DIY 2-liter diffused through X3 intake.
Water - pH 6.5 / Temp 80 (82 at top 1 inch of surface)
Additives - Recommend dosing of Excel, Kent Grow and Prime during weekly water changes
Plants – Java Moss, Java Fern, Hornwort, Dwarf Lilly,
Corkscrew Val, Onion, Watersprite, Wysteria, Ocelot Sword,
Anacharis, Aponogeton Crispus, Brown Wendtii Crypt,
Brazil Sword and a couple not-yet identified.
Fish - 1 Beta, 2Dwarf Gourami, 2 Blue Rams, 3 Cardinal Tetras, 3 Emerald Cories and 6 Tiger Barbs
Misc- Air is ran with airstone 1 hour before the lights turn off and it turns off 1 hour before lights come on.
Setup includes 10g holding tank with extra or young plants, 2 Sword Tails and another Beta. Setup uses 18w 50/50 and 40w of Compact Halogen. No CO2
Here is the system after I received my first plants. (yawn)
Here it is as of today. You can see I had to thin out the Hornwort
and the Watersprite was almost wiped out by my first brown algae
bloom. I was able to save some of it and it is growing back to its
Here is the surface and I run without a top. I am planning on adding a few floaters.
And just because he demanded it. This is Sue. He is king of the tank. Sue has a bit of an attitude, which I believed is a result of being Pink/Purple and being named Sue.
Here he is about to run off one of those notoriously bad Tiger Barbs (yeah right) away from his driftwood.