I've had this tank up for a month. It has completed cycling. It is my first re-entry into the aquatic world, an impulse buy that occurred when my 5yo asked for fish while at Petsmart buying dog food. We did things backwards, like buying the tank, stocking it and THEN cycling. It wasn't the right way, and now I know better. Fortunately we only lost one fish, a julii cory who succumbed immediately after adding some mineral supplement because I hadn't been using simple tap water.
Anyway, I've loved the fish, but have felt the tank was ugly due to purchasing sale bin plastic plants to take up the background space. Today I took nearly all of them out and added several plants that I got at the lfs today. So the tank looks barren as I really don't have anything tall enough in the background just yet. Just one lone strand of anachris reaches the top. I have a nice anubias that has grown considerably since putting it in the tank. But it is behind a fake tree cave thing so not really easy to see. I think it may be switching corners with the wisteria, but I just topped off the tank and am afraid my arm will displace too much water to mess with trading them around atm.
3 Lyretail Molly (Silvermist, Marigold and Aurora)
1 Female Betta (Strawberry Shortcake)
2 Julii Cory ( The Julii's)
3 Albino Cory ( 1 is Snow White who has what I'm guessing is a blind eye)
6 Golden White Clouds
1 Regular White Cloud (Big Bertha) *Schools fine with the goldens if a bit bossy.
Windelov Java Fern
Bacopa (moneywort and caroliniana)
Cryptocoryne Wendtii (green)
2 15w incandescent bulbs
Aqueon QuietFlow 20 (HOB) with sponge prefilter in case I ever have fry.
Ugh...pink gravel choosen by my 5yo.
I was really excited to get the tank cycled and I wanted to add a couple of albino cory for SnowWhite. She wouldn't school with The Julii's and would just zoom around the tank making laps. So I felt she needed some buddies who looked like her so she would not display stressed behavior. I also added 3 golden WCMM today. I wanted to fill out that school better. I don't plan on adding any other fish cuz I know I'm at the top of my tanks stocking space.
Overall, I'm fairly satisfied with the tank, especially it's inhabitants. I'd like to get it more heavily planted, and a better substrate. I have 2 nice pieces of mopani that I'd like to put in there, but it's new and on day 2 of soaking in a bucket. I don't have any purigen, so the mopani won't go into a tank until I get some of that to help keep the water clear of the tannin tea look.
I took some photos today, I haven't taken pics of this tank before cuz I didn't like how it looked. It still has a long ways to go before i am pleased, but the really ugly fake plants are out. And the anachris, wisteria and bacopa will eventually grow to fill in the space vacated by them. But I can't get the photos to upload here, so I'll have to check out the "how-to" threads to see where I'm going wrong.