I had an aquarium when I was younger and another aquarium when my wife and I were still dating. It had been nearly 8 years since my last aquarium. So when the kids asked Santa for a fish tank, I was very excited; for them of course!
My previous tanks have been mostly decorated with plastics and maybe one or two plants here and there. So this time around, I really wanted to aim at a moderately-heavy planted setup. Yet keeping things lo-tech. This is my journal for it.
Set it up on Christmas with the kiddos. We asked Santa not to provide fish so that if they die, they are not associated with the old guy.
The following day we went to a LFS and bought our starters. I have a 4yr old and a 1yr old, so having to wait 2 weeks to cycle the tank was an impossible thing to explain when you're at a LFS. So we ended up leaving with 1 fish.
Gravel: forgot will update later
Flora: 1xAnubias Barteri, 3xAmazon Swords, Java Moss on top of drift wood
Fauna: Albino Corydora Catfish, Assassin Snail (came with the gravel)
Finally finished cycling for 2 weeks and we went out and made some additions. My 4yr old's favorite rock is sand stone, so we ended up getting one to add into the landscape.
Added: Sandstone, 2xMarimo Moss Balls, 2xAlbino Corydora Catfish, 4xNeon Tetras, 2xGold Dust Sailfin Mollies, 2xGhost Shrimp
I'm pretty much at capacity at this point.
That night my wife made these magnetic cards that my kids use to identify the Floras and Faunas in the tank. They really enjoy looking at the pictures, looking for the fish/plants, and learning about them.
A couple of days later, I started noticing some typical new tank brown algae on the leaves nearest the light. So I took the kids to another LFS to check out the place and to get myself an otocinclus. I know I'm way above capacity at this point and y'all are probably going to castrate me for this. They were out of otos so they had me pre-order it and left the store with an Amano Shrimp. I promise, I am not adding anymore and I told the kids that if I add anymore fish they'll start killing each other. I also left with some Dwarf Hair Grass and 2xCabomba Caroliniana and a Cryptocoryne Parva. Went home, did 50% water change and here is where I am now.
2xMarimo Moss Balls
Dwarf Hair Grass
3xAlbino Corydora Catfish
2xGold Dust Sailfin Molly
1xOtocinclus (waiting to arrive at LFS)
Water Changes 20% every 2 weeks using RO water only.
Flourish (every water change)
Flourish Excel (every day)
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