Iíve been in and out of the hobby for 6+ years now but had to loose my 55g heavily planted tank after a move last year. Now that Iím settled into my new space, Iíve finally talked myself into starting the nano tank of my dreams, simple and clean, to keep in the bedroom.
With the purchase of a new tank on Saturday, I needed to shuffle some fish around(upside down cat & beta) to accommodate some new shrimp I bought locally in a established tank, also a 5 gal low-tech, but I fear I got ahead of myself.
In a effort to jumpstart the new tank, and prevent the new shrimp from becoming fish food in the old tank, I added new substrate and used the old water from established tank, rinsed old sponge filter and filtration in new tank to get all that good bacteria going. I let everything settle for a couple hours then dumped the catfish in. Being the hardy bastard he is heís doing fine and enjoying all the food for himself.
So as I mentioned, I think I got ahead of myself with the new tank. Want to know what you guys think.
Again, itís a SPEC V, 5g, 17Lx6wx10d. With 2in of Amazonia substrate itís only going to be 8-9 inches deep so Iím going to be planting all micro and foreground plants.
Iím running a finnex 24/7 and CO2.
In my haste to get the new tank running, donít judge me
, I didnít put down any power sand, becter 100, or other trace elements. I want to get this right and donít mind restarting if Iím really going to see a difference over time with them. But the power sand seems to be most important to keep the substrate from compacting. Does it add nutritional value as well?
What do you think on how important are they? Will the ďmulti bottomĒ sticks work just as well?
I also plan on introducing ADA Green Brightly 1 for the first 3 mo after planting along with Brightly K. Iíll continue to use liquid ferts as well for the life of the tank.
Finally, if I do need to start over, what is the Amazonia substrate going to be like after I dig it all out and restart? I donít really want to do that but if it makes a difference in the long game Iím down to do it right. Will I be able to put the wet substraight back in and use it?
This is the start of this journey and Iíll try to get pictures going if anyone is interested.
Thank you for you feedback in advance.