Mr Aqua 22 Long
I've been getting my new tank going for a few weeks now with more of a focus on planting than my first (a whopping 3 months ago, basic 10 gallon, java moss/fern, guppy grass, Cajun crays, nerite snails). Figured I'd post to share and get any ideas and mis-steps pointed out as I'm sure there will be some. Definitely finding a few things that I could have caught with a little more research already.
From the ground up:
Aquarium stand is a shoe cabinet that I found on Wayfair that fits the aquarium very well, is heavy duty, and keeps the girlfriend happy. Looks good in the entry way too.
I used 40lbs of CaribSand Eco Complete for substrate. I gathered a few chunks of drift wood from Lake Superior (soaked for a week with multiple water changes, then boiled) and some rocks from the same (boiled them too just in case). I'm running 2-4" sponge filters on this seeing I want to get shrimp once its cycles. From there I tinkered a little with layout and filled it up.
Now for the plants. I went with a 36" Finnex planeted+ because I didn't want to be buying a new fixture in a few months and figured go for the higher end. I've been gathering plants from my local places a few ROAKs (thanks for the gifting). So far I have:
Dwarf Hair Grass
Amazon Sword (not sure? Petco culture)
Petco bulb pack, so far Aponogeton and Waterlily have come up, waiting on the Onion
Cabomba (not sure?)
Java and Xmas Moss on the way for under the drift wood
Few more on the way but they might go into my other aquarium
I want to find something to grow up from behind the rock pile and ideally grown out of the water, just not sure what.
So far all has been well other than an algae battle. Dosing every other day with Flourish Excel and I've been trying the keep the light down 6 hours as well as move it around. Might have went over board with the light. Will snails be able to keep up once I get them in there? Debating over having MTS, I want more Nerites but don't want the eggs all over. I'll take suggestions?
Last edited by Chris3227800; 09-20-2015 at 06:43 PM.
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