Decided to start my tank journal. I used to always play on car forums, but since I had my last car totaled, I decided to take a break from cars and play around with a tank. I used to have a 29 gallon Eclipse tank about 10 years ago, but got rid of it when I moved out to college. Always wanted one since. For Christmas my girlfriend got me a tank and stand off craigslist. Had pink rocks and a HOB filter. Fake plants. All I really wanted was the tank and stand anyway (a very nice stand, not one of the cheap flimsy ones).
Now for my set up, once I got the tank I tossed the pink rocks, got rid of the T8 single light and fake plants.
Tank now has:
-Fluval 306 canister filter, black bio foam in bottom, bio rings in middle, polishing pad in top with one side Fluval zero carb, and one side Purigen.
-HOB Mainland Penguin 200 filter with standard filter
-Aqueon 06109 Pro Heaters Submersible Aquarium Heater
-Fluval LED Daylight/Plant Lamp
-Eco-complete substrate (60lbs)
-2 pieces of Fluval driftwood
I am not good with fish and plant names, so I am just going off the receipts
For fish I have:
-2 Neon tetras
-1 Pristella tetra
-2 Phantom black tetras
-1 Bamboo shrimp
-2 Penguin tetras
-2 Green tiger tetras
-1 Tigar tetra
-3 Neon rainbow dwarfs
-2 Glass catfish
-1 Rainbow shark
-1 Bumble catfish
-2 Rams (not sure what one, receipt says blue but I dont think that is what the lady at the store called them?)
-1 Farlowella catfish
For plants I have:
-1 Anu Barteri (not sure, its what the receipt abbreviates it as?)
-1 Mirco Sward grass
-1 Rotindica (also not sure, its what the receipt abbreviates it as?)
-2 Amazon sward plant
-1 Lud repens (not sure, its what its abbreviated on the receipt)
-2 Val Corkscrew
- A few others, but the recept just says plant so I am not sure what they are
For chemicals I use:
-API stress coat
-Seachem Flurish and Flurish exel
-At one point when the tank was new, I made the mistake of going to Petco and got a fish with Ick, so I used API super Ick treatment, worked great)
Right now its all about 1 1/2 months old, I test the water about every 2 days, it has always been good so far. I also had the water tested at the LFS and they cleared it as well as being nicely balanced and established. I keep the tank at 76-77F plus or minus about 1 degree. I do water changes about once a week now that the tank is set up.
Anyway! Let me know what you think, or if you have any advice on how to better my tank. Like I said I am new to this more advanced tank set ups!