Welcome to my tank thread, y'all. I have been a longtime lurker/occassional poster here and now have my own tank for everyone to see and critique. This was my idea of a 15 gallon tank made specifically for the german blue ram, probably the most colorful fish for the size and especially the price I can think of. A word of warning, I have had fish tanks my entire life, but I stink at placing plants and paraphernalia in a pleasing looking manner. I just have no eye for it. With that out of the way, I hope you enjoy, and let me know what I can do to change this for the better. Tank specs and pics below.
Lighting: I went with a coralife 24" Aqualight dual strip T-5 setup with two plant bulbs hooked up to a 7 hour light cycle. With no lid on this thing 24 watts over 15 gallons seems to be plenty of light.
Stand: This was a fun one, I couldnt find a stand for under 60 bucks and I wasnt willing to pay that much, so I just went to Lowe's and bought about 20 bucks worth of lumber and had one fashioned out in less than an hour. Did not bother painting as I liked the au naturale look.
Filter: Eheim Pimp baby! I went and found an Ecco at my LFS that was on sale and grabbed it before anyone else could. Its working AWESOME. This is my first canister filter. You can barely hear it, but at night its gentle hum across the room lulls me to sleep.
Tank: standard 15 gallon cheapo fish store tank, I wanted something with a ten gallon look, but large enough for rams, and not as big as a 20H.
Substrate: I chose SeaChem fluorite, it was the only planted tank substrate that my my LFS was carrying at the time. (the bag says you can dump it in, but after a week of waiting for the tank to clear I had to drag my entire tank outside and blast the crap out of the gravel for a good hour before I could get clear water, LOL)
Flora: Not too good at these things, but I know I have a piece of driftwood in there with java moss, 4 types of anubias on the left, some wisteria in the back left corner, two types of rotala, and finally, a couple bunches of crypt wendtii.
Fauna: a mated paid of German Blue Rams
, 3 amano shrimp and 1 harlequin rasbora. (had 4 rasboras, but 3 of them went into the filter, then when I took them out and threw them back in the tank they decided to jump out at night and I found them all dried up the next day on the floor
Maintenance: daily dosing of Excel, weekly 20% water change, bi-monthly cracking of filter and cleaning.
And as promised, pictures!
Here is the overall setup, cheapo stand included.
Do I get to become an Eheim Pimp now?
FTS as of 6/1 right before I did a cleaning and a trimming. How do you like the flow on that baby?
Here is as of 6/6 after my plant trim and replant to help fill in the back a bit.
Do you think this tank looks ok without a black background? I have some algae I am fighting off of the anubias on the left, you can see the good progression I have had with less daily light (9 hours to 7), and daily excel dosing. Hope you had fun looking, let me know what you think.