This is my first journal and my second aquascape. My first attempt at growing aquatic plants resulted in growing algae. With my lack of experience and my sub par equipment, it never went as planned. Now I'm giving it another shot.
This time around I may have better luck thanks to better equipment and a lot more knowledge. I've gathered bits and pieces here and there, such as a canister filter and LED lighting. My old Do!aqua Mini L will be back in service as well. I've picked up a 10 gallon aquarium stand from PetSmart and painted it white. I think it goes well with the rimless aquarium. I have a few small things I still need to purchase and do. I plan to hang my Finnex fixture so I can adjust the light intensity and give it an over cleaner look. That light is incredibly bright to be right on top of the tank. I also need to get some glass lily pipes and a glass hang on thermometer. Maybe even a drop checker to get a more accurate reading of my Co2 levels. So just a few more things to do.
I started my aquarium on the 2nd and 3rd of April. I got my plants on two separate days which made it difficult to plant everything at once. So I planted my Rotala Sp Green on the 2nd and the rest on the 3rd. I also wasn't happy with how much AquaSoil I had. I used 1 2L bag of Power Sand Special S and 1 3L bag of AquaSoil Amazonia powder type. It didn't provide a thick enough substrate, so I ordered another 3L bag of AquaSoil. However, by the time I got more AquaSoil, my plants were already planted and growing for a week. I ended up carefully removing my plants except the Glossostigma and added more AquaSoil. Probably added about 3cm more soil, especially in the back. It ended up taking almost the entire second bag of AquaSoil. Lesson learned, always have enough AquaSoil before ordering your plants. Anyway, let me continue with the specs and pics so I don't bore anyone too much.
Tank - Do!aqua Mini L 8.8 Gal
Stand - PetSmart 10 Gal Stand
Filter - Eheim 2213
Light - Finnex Ray 2 DD 7000K, 1st wk 8hrs/day 2nd wk 10hrs/day
Co2 - Paintball Tank, Azoo Regulator, 2 bps, Do!aqua Glass
Fertz - Brighty K 1ml/day, Brighty Step 1 1ml/day, Excel 5ml/day
Water - Tap water, 50% WC daily with Prime, SeaChem Stability for 1st/wk
Rotala Rotundifolia Sp' Green
Hydrocotyle Sp' Japan (On its way)
I'm undecided on fish at this time, it's either Ember Tetras, Ruby Tetras, Mosquito Rasboras, or Lambchop Rasboras. I want one species that schools well and I want them to get no bigger than an inch. I also want them to be orange/red.
This is my inspiration. A tank from the NA Gallery.
My original design.
Stand being painted.
Power Sand Special S
Rotala Rotundifolia Sp' Green
Glossostigma, Eleocharis acicularis, Rotala Rotundifolia
Nice looking Rotala.
2 pots of Glossostigma.
1 pot of Glossostigma prepped for planting.
Water parameters during the first week.No fish or shrimp yet!
2 days after replanting with more AquaSoil.
Added some tissue cultured Staurogyne repens. I also trimmed my plants.
Once my Ammonia and Nitrite became undetectable, I added 3 Oto's and 5 Amano Shrimp. Also added a make shift thermometer from my other tank to monitor the temp better. I also removed my heater as my temp was too high. The growth has improved as well since the trim. Only issue I have is my Rotala wanting to grow horizontally instead of up, so I raised the light with some foam boards as temp fix. I guess there was too much light? Or maybe my very early trim made my plants send out side shoots to early. As soon as my Hydrocotyle Sp' Japan arrives I'm going to plant it in my mid ground to help give it an over grown look around the Glossostigma border.
My Oto's and Amano Shrimp have been very active. Though even with me switching my lighting up to 10hrs a day I have literally no algae. The only remnants of algae were from the pearl grass I got but that quickly went away. I'm so glad there is no algae in my aquarium. I think with daily 50% water changes and all my herbivores, the algae has no chance to catch on.