Samantha's 20 Gallon Disaster Journal
a.k.a she will tell you of her algae growing success here!
So I went and cleaned out my old 20 Gallon tall
from the attic and there it sat in its marvelous clean glory on its stand in my room. It sat there for several days. Finally the mother took me to Petsmart and we got two bags of Fluorite. I made the aweful, horrible, traumatizing mistake of.. gasp.. not cleaning the Fluorite at all
. So here is what it looked like on day one:
Yikes. I turned on two filters and let them at it. I cleaned the filters every other hour or so to get out all the mud that collected in it. (I know I killed off bacteria but at this point getting the water clear was a little more important) After a day or so and a $52 dollar order of plants from Aquariumplant.com, it looked like this:
I was satisfied. Soon after that photo I got myself a piece of driftwood. Once I put the driftwood in, I decided I infact was not
satisfied with the clarity of the water and did my third 100% water change. This time I scooped out every single ounce of muddy water out of the bottom with a ketchup holder for french fries.
It sat like this, a lot clearer, for a couple more days and finally the plants came in today! I was a little peeved UPS left them there in lord knows how hot weather (I live in the South - if the skeeters don't get you, the heat will) but otherwise the plants were MARVELOUS and are overflowing my tank.
For now I just tossed them in there and didn't really scape or anything like that. The water is too cloudy as it is for me to be taking any really good pictures. Here are couple. The first one is my night lighting. It's very pale but not blue. I'll get some better pictures hopefully tonight and post em for you. Sorry about the quality.
Once again.. just to make sure everyone knows.. those are NOT my daytime lights.
My lighting is four 14 watt bulbs that hang from the ceiling. I have around 2.1 WPG and I'm pretty satisfied with that. I hope this to be a low tech tank, but I'll attempt CO2 (if I can find a good DIY that works, tried it before and it didnt make didly squat) and try some ferts. Any help on explaining the ferts thing? I don't understand all the long posts on all these weird tests and KH and all that fun stuff. I'd greatly appreciate any help and an insight into the world of ferts!
Also, any comments are also appreciated! Be mean, be brutal!