A few years ago I set up a 'medium' tech high light 10 gallon that grew really well for a few weeks before exploding into algae. I didn't really understand the basics and I never put in the effort necessary to keep it going. The tank grew neglected and I tore it down when I moved downtown for my final year of university. This time, I'm hoping to avoid the mistakes I made, which I would see as using yeast co2, using a hang on the back filter, having insufficient flow, and not putting in enough maintenance time.
My priority right now is to get the plants growing like crazy. Aquascaping, hardscape, etc. can come later.
standard 30 gallon craigslisted
Coralife 2x65w freshwater aqualight
10lb co2 cylinder with milwaukee regulator
Eheim 2213 craigslisted
flourite black sand
baby tears? hemianthus micranthemoides, i think
two types of stem plants which i sort of bought at random
unknown althernathera species
none yet. I'm thinking threadfin rainbows and dwarf cories when it gets established, along with some ottos and amanos for algae control
1. The tank after planting but before being filled
2. The water is sloooowly but surely being dripped in!
3. top down view while the tank is filling
4. the lights come on the next day, with tons of floating plants already
I've shoved the co2 into the filter intake for now, i want a diffuser in the future. It's coming it at about 2 bubbles/s, which will be way too much after i get fish. I also realized that i got no suction cups for the filter so i stuck the intake and spray bar on with sticky tape
. I have a bunch of suction cups coming in from Big Al's soon.
My immediate need is for FERTILIZER. i'm hoping the tank can hang on for a week or so 'til i get some. photoperiod is 8 hours with both lamps on.
advice, comments, complaints, etc. welcome!