Hello Planted Tankers!
This is my little blog for my first aquarium. Whilst living in Hong Kong as a 5 year old (My dad was serving in the British Army) he had a hexagon tank and stand custom made for him over there.
I have always wanted a tropical tank after them childhood memories!
Fast forward 25 years later, with a son of my own, its time I enjoyed and maintained one myself in the hopes my son will have similar memories as I!
I decided for now, I just wanted just a small tank, so I brought a Aqua Nano 22. Being only 22l its nice and manageable. It come with LED lighting, filter pump and heater so perfect for someone like me!
This is where all the questions are going to start!
I set up my tank as per instructions, making sure the pump and filters were working correctly and set the heater up! I brought an external thermometer to keep and eye on the temperature too.
I have not brought any fish yet as I know I'm not ready!
I brought the tank from a chain store, with some black gravel and a ornament and was given some basic information. I was told to buy this liquid to take the nasties out of the tap water and then I could just add fish (luckily I never brought any fish at this time)
as i now know my water is not ready to harbour life!
After throwing gravel in the bottom and putting in a ornament, it looked really bare. I remembered that i have a local aquatic centre that i could get some fake plants from so i headed over!
After a great chat, i was told that a live planed tank was so much better and i was advised to purchase some basic plants so i come home with these.
I was also told to put some kind of medium under the soil for them to flourish so i picked up some of this too.
Day one done...Still no fish
Bump: DAY 7
I headed back to the awesome aquatic centre with a water sample to see if after a week, my water was ready for me to put some fish in...
It was not...
I was given advice on how to 'Cycle' my tank to get the good bacteria in my filter and brought some of this to help it along!
I also at the same time brought my own testing kit as they said it work out much better and i can test when ever i needed in the future!
So far my little tank looks like this.
A little bare, still no fish...but having fun all the same!