40B Dutch/Grow Out Attempt
Thank you for all the information I've been able to find here, it has really inspired me!
I'm fairly new to the aquarium hobby but so far so good.
This is my 40g Breeder I've spent the last few months planning what would go into making a successful tank at this size. Again thank you for all of the wonderful advice that has gone into helping me get to this point. I would never have been able to do it without this amazing helpful community. At this point I've actually purchased very few plants, many wonderful members through roak's and gifts have help me to accumulate my wonderful array of plants. Forgive me as I build this journal to help others and track my tank over time. Initially it my be a little rough but hopefully with time it will all come together!
Petco $1 per Gallon Sale 40B
SunSun 304B, removed the spraybar and have it flowing through the 90 degree return.
Eheim Skim 350
Koralia Nano 240? I forget exactly helping to create a circular flow throughout the tank
Carib Sea Eco-Complete Planted Aquarium @ 2-4 inches deep from front to back. 3 bags total ( should have done 4) (root tabs added)
I currently have two wonderful BML's above one is a 10k and the other a 6500 Dutch. I have the Dutch in the front aimed slightly back, and the 10k directly downward over my thicker stems in the back. (Thank you Bret)
Both are running 8 hours at 45 and 55%% intensity currently. 4-12pm
Custom built dual stage regulator by AlanLe here on the forums attached to a 20# Co2 Tank.
This leads to a Fluval bubble counter, and into a GLA 70mm in tank Atomizer w/ check valve.
I use GLA's co2 tubing as well.
Milwaukee Ph Controller set for 1ph drop
anubis petite nana
Dwarf Hair Grass
crypts (brown, green, pink)
alternanthera reineckii cardinalis
50 Neon Tetra
2 Siamese Algae Eater
Red Cherry Shrimp
10+ Amanao Shrimp
3 Bristle Nose Pleco
6 German Blue Rams
2 Peacock Gudgeons
2 Sterbai Cories
All types of snails
GLA Estimative Index Fertilizer Package
Using these amounts alternating Macros/Micros 3x weekly @
KNO3 (approximately 1/2 teaspoon)
KH2PO4 (approximately 1/8 teaspoon)
K2SO4 (approximately 1/8 teaspoon)
Plantex CSM+B (approximately 1/8 teaspoon)
Root Tabs have been spread one every so often throughout. Purchased Osmocote+ and some 00 gels caps and I make my own.
This is where I stand as of now, any advice or tinkering would be greatly appreciated! If I am forgetting anything please let me know!
As I learn and build I will continue to update this thread with my experience!
Photo's will be coming in just a moment! (and edits