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First off, a quick math tip for anyone doing the fishless cycle! I believe the ammonia level is supposed to be dosed to 4 ppm. So you take the size of your tank, x Gallons, and convert it to mL. In my case, 5 gallons becomes 18927 mL. Then you do some cross multiplication 4/1,000,000=X/18,927. X= 0.0757 mL of PURE ammonia. I only found 10% ammonia by volume. So for me, that is about 0.75 mL of ammonia. I just dose on volume instead of drops. This can be applied to almost any tank, I believe. It has been working for me.
Lets get to the tank. It is a cheap, 5G, tank off of Amazon. I believe it was marked down to $23 when I got it. I started with some black gravel substrate and lava rocks for the hardscape. I used 100% silicone to help retain the shape for the lava rock.
Here it is in 'stock' form. I put a 7.5W heater under the gravel too.
I wasn't a fan of the stock hood lighting, so I did a little DIY.
Popped off the plastic cover
Removed the LED bar
Sized up a run of new LEDs
Here is the 'stripped' hood
Ran the power cord for the LEDs
Installed them on a small piece of wood, cut to the shape and length of the original LED bar
Used some silicone to keep moisture out
Here is the remote for the dimmer and the thermostat.
Here is a video of the hood. I'm just scaling through from 100%-0% and tapping the preset levels.
Then I got some java moss with snails, which is perfect! I made a wall in the back by stacking lava rocks. I also tied some java ferns to certain rocks.
Here is the full tank shot. I'm happy with it. It is cycling right now and hopefully building up some snail population for the puffer.
I know some of the moss has come loose. I filled it up too quickly it seems. The plan is to just house a single dwarf puffer and a couple different types of snails.