I've been meaning to post updated pics. It's a long way from where I want it, but growing out nicely. That big sponge is keeping the water quality up. I moved my adult Endlers in there a few weeks ago, and in the process, a bajillion fry jumped into the net. So now I'd say there are probably 15+ of varying sizes. Other fauna include a couple of horned nerites and a bunch of blue and leopard ramshorns.
Flora is a bit of a mess, but I'm getting there. I've got marsilea minuta, ludwigia repens, dwarf sag (which is never dwarf for me), bunches of hornwort weighted, stems of hornwort floating, najas that I'm trying unsuccessfully to anchor, and about 2/3 coverage of duckweed and giant duckweed. At some point soon, I'm going to pick out the little duckweed and feed it to my pearl gouramis. They both stick to my hand every time I work in the jar, but the big stuff is much easier to get back in the water.
I was using a desk lamp with a 7 watt LED bulb, but it didn't look great because I had to put it on a box to raise it to the right level. I just replaced it with an EHEIM Power LED +, and I love the way it looks!
The water level is a bit low right now. I need to add more. The great thing about this sponge filter is the output tube is easy to raise and lower, so I can have the bubbles at or below the water's surface.
Ignore the AC pre-filter sponge. It has been soaking in there pending another project that I have going right now. I also have a big, ugly Tetra 25W heater in the back next to the filter. It's OK for now, but I may replace with something smaller and less obtrusive.
Last edited by cjstl; 06-06-2014 at 06:22 AM.
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