OK, So I have been wanting to do this rescape for a while now. I have this 30g:
But I normally call it my 30g mistake because it is an experiment gone wrong. I used creek sediment in the substrate and I have been battling green water since I set this tank up in August. It normally looks like this:
This noob is not too impressed. I have tried everything except a UV sterilizer to rid this tank of the algae. Here are my current tank specs:
AGA 30g 36"x12"x16"
(as of the last time Euglenae
was blooming...i really don't test parameters often):
NH3/NH4:0 (confusing, it though this was supposed to be high for green water. tests 0 with two different test kits)
AH Supply 55w 6700k PC & 20w 6700k Fluorescent
5 lb aluminum cylinder
Rex Grigg style Reactor
30-40 ppm CO2 according to my drop checker
50:40:10 mix of Eco-Complete/Fluorite/Laterite
EI dosing method
Plantex CSM+B & MgSO4 x 7H2O 3x/week
Ludwigia repens x arcuata
'green narrow leaf'
1 male Betta splendens
(rehoming for a friend)
1 lonely Caridina japonica
4 Otocinclus sp
7 Paracheirodon axelrodi
I know that is quite a large plant selection. I went on a noob collection spree
. I wanted to see which of my favorite plants I could grow. Some of these plants will stay in this tank and some will are growing out for my future 40g breeder that I should be setting up after the holidays.
So what are my plans for this tank for now and until I start the 40g?
1. Redo the substrate.
2. Incorporate some of the driftwood I have collecting dust in the garage.
3. Work on my pruning skills using this article
in aquascaping world magazine as a guide.
4. Grow out plants for my future set-up.