First let me introduce myself. I live in San Jose, CA and this is my first tank.
I have extremely limited experience with fish and aquariums in general. My first fish was 3 neon tetras in a container that was less than .35 gallon. They survived for about a month surprisingly. One died from stealing all the food from the other two and the rest died from being in the sun. That was when I was six years old.I then got a betta fish freshman year of high school. The betta lived for about a year and died because of neglect.
One day I was browsing around to look for ideas on a vivarium for my snake. I somehow ended up in theplantedtank.com. I was instantly hooked and browsed around the forums. I was inspired to PROPERLY care for fish.
I still sometimes get a pang of guilt everytime I think about those fish I had in the past.
So a year later at the age of 21 I finally got a tank. I have the small essentials like Prime, water tester etc. I'm pretty sure the tank is cycled and I've been trying to find the sweet spot between how much or how little to feed... I've been doing water changes every 3 days and testing before every water change.
1. 15 gallons
2. Aquaclear 30: 2 sponges and biomax ceramic rings
3. Cheap led hood
4. Subwassertang and Java Moss
1. 2 Panda Corydoras
2. 2 Streba (Sterbai?) Corydoras
I'm not sure how I want to stock these tanks. I might keep the Corydoras, might not. I'm thinking about going with Rosy Red Minnows or Guppies.
I am thinking about giving up one species of Corydora because I don't think a 15 gallon can support 2 shoals of both. I plan on raising guppies and red rosy minnows along with the corycats unless you all believe this is serious over stocking then I will definitely reconsider.
I plan on making this a low tech but medium lights. No CO2 as I don't feel comfortable using it and I don't have the immediate funds for an investment. I do plan on using Flourish Excel in exchange of CO2.
So far I ordered:
1. 2 bags of Eco Complete
2. Finnex Fugeray 24"
3. Flourish Excel
4. 5 inch gravel cleaner. I had a bigger one but I don't really like it.
5. Gel caps with osmocote plus in it. I'm not really sure if I need this. I read I need this for carpeting plants like glosso or dwarf baby tears
The scary part for me are the plant choices. I want my tank to be heavily planted. I don't know anything about aquatic plants and I've been looking at the plant package deals on aquabid. Sounds really ignorant but do stem plants have roots? Do you just bury them in the eco complete and that's it?
There is one package deal I really like and they consist of these plants:
1. Alternanthera reineckii
2. Cabomba caroliniana
3. Ceratophyllum demersum
4. Hemianthus micranthemoides
5. Hygrophila difformis
6. Limnophila indica
7. Ludwigia Peruensis
8. Ludwigia repens
10. Rotala Nanjenshan
I also want to add glosso or dwarf baby tears for partial carpeting.
They look pretty good but I don't know... Please feel free to give me any information or suggestions. I've been trying to read all the threads but it's a lot to take in. Anyways I hope you all can come along with me on this journey of building a tank.
Here's the picture of the 15 gallon tank