I wanted to do a little update with more pics.
First, I forgot about the technical side of this tank, so here are some pictures of it.
Here you can see Eheim 2217 hooked up with PVC reactor. As I said before, I wasnít very pleased with that filter at the beginning because of priming, but I found a good way to prime it (I simply sucked the outflow pipe before to get this thing working, that was so stupid of me
). Well, what I do is unscrew the double tap connector on the outlet side until some water spill in the bucket and then screw it back together. That works great for me.
Second filter, Eheim Professional II 2028 and hydor in-line heater on the outlet pipe. And food on the first plane
I bought a LED light set to lit my stand and glued a switch to turn it on on the side. It really helps working with timers and stuff, but if I had to do it again, I would DIY the light myself- those leds from home depot are quite expensive and not bright enough IMO.
I also forgot to mention that I made a blue LED light strip myself to ďpimpĒ my tank a little bit. It turns on after T5ís turn off and stays on for 2 hours. It doesnít do anything good except looking sexy
That second picture was shot at shutter speed of 30 seconds, it isnít that bright in real.
Few shots of plants
Rotala sp. Green- one of the few plants I didnít have any problems with- it took off right from the beginning and algae keep off from it magically
Lobelia cardinalis- no BBA here, but you can find some green spot algae here and there. I am still waiting for side shots.
Rotalas indica and rotundifolia- doing well, I hope theyíll stay that nice reddish color.
Iíll try to post more plant pictures in few days.
I added some livestock to the tank from invertzfactory as well
7 zebra nerites snails- great addition, they help with keeping the glass clean and they look great as well, donít you think?
7 amanos- I always liked them and theyíre big enough to survive with my fish. They are great at hiding, after a day of when I put them in the tank I thought they all disappeared but then one week later I saw 6 of them in one spot. They are among the best when it comes to algae-eating capabilities.
7 blue tetra (was 8 but one disappeared somewhere and has never been seen again)- I liked the vivid blue color of them when I saw pictures on the internet. Mine arenít that blue, but maybe it comes with age, IDK
I also bought 3 assassin snails to control the snail population but I couldnít find them at the photo session time.
So, what do you think about my fishstock? I am afraid I overstocked the tank already, I wanted to buy 2 SAEís but now I think it could be too much. Iíd like to hear your opinions
Few pictures of other fishes I mentioned before and I am going asleep