Hello hello everyone! At first I was a bit hesitant on starting a plant journal, cause I was a bit afraid of what people would say but I decided that n the name of making a better, healthier tank I've decided to post up my recent endeavor into makin my first real planted tank!
I say first real planted because I had a lil 6 gallon with some anubias, java fern, and java moss before with basic petco gravel as substrate. I fed it small amounts of excel, and flourish even though I probably didn't need to. It taught me a lot about how to deal with fishes, diseases, fish loss, sticking to a schedule (god damn cynobacteria!), basics of plants living, dying, how meds can kill off plants and just plain having patience.
So the fish in my current 6 gallon will soon be "movin on up" once the new one is cycled... which brings me to my first question... Is it okay to put my fish in there already since it's new planted tank like this?
I've added filter floss that has established bacteria from my other tank and have been poppin in about a pinch of fish food since sunday. Also, I read that the plants already have a lot of the beneficial bacteria on them. Can I move my 5 fishies (2 Neon Tetras and 3 cardinals) into my new tank without worry? I've read on fish forums in the past that it should be cycled, however I was told by a friend and fellow member on the forum that it's ok to do so. On top of which I read this article: http://www.rexgrigg.com/cycle.htm
saying it was okay to do so thanks to the many plants sucking up amonia and nitrites... To add further confusion though, doesn't the amonia and nitrites being sucked up mean that the tank will never cycle?
Pix of my tank:
My stats (as I know so far):
Filter: Just a simple 10 gallon HOB filter that came with the tank.
Lighting: I grabbed two CFLs from http://americanaquariumproducts.com/PowerCompact.html
. According to their stats, it's a 15 watt with 75 watt equivalent output, around 6400k, and about 62 lumens per watt output. The lighting part of it slightly confused me, because while reading up, there's the watts/gallon rule and then on his site, he talks about LUX and PAL which I have no clue about.
CO2: Uh... None yet, as I've just got this thing up and running on Saturday night. I've used excel in the past, but with java fern and anubias I don't think I really even needed to in the first place.
Ferts: I was think of just using Flourish but I haven't dropped any in yet.
Plants: If you can help me identify some, then I'm all for it. So far I know I have dwarf hair grass
from my friend, hygrophila polysperma
, I think that's water sprite,
i can't tell what the ones on the far left are but I know they're supposedly hardy plants, flame moss
, and I think that's pearl weed
but I could be mistaken. I do plan on adding some anubias in the foreground to cover up some of the feet of the drift wood. Those scientific names sure are pretty tough to memorize! lol
Hm... That's all I can think of for this hefty post. Thanks for reading, and I appreciate any feed back! Thanks!