Hi, all! I'm new here and joined because of an unfortunate accident... I was using a desk lamp to light my 15G 'rimless' tank (I took the rim off the top only; it had been chewed by my Gerbils when they lived there and was unsafe for fish), and it was accidentally knocked into the aquarium. Luckily the aquarium is mostly okay, save for a couple of misplaced rocks and uprooted plants.
I'm looking for advice on how to better the tank. I want to do a massive redo; currently the Wisteria is taking over the tank, the Crypts are melting, the Corkscrew Val is (slowly) growing and the Amazon Sword has almost white-lime-yellow leaves. I think the S. Repens is doing okay, it is compact but bushy and growing slowly.
I have an Aqueon Quiet Flow 20 with Pothos growing in the filter. Currently it doesn't have a heater but the tank is in an temp-controlled room and it stays at a constant 78*. Black sand substrate w/ root tabs (that I should probably put more in of, now that I think about it; it's been about 4 months but after stirring up the sand and doing a revamp 2 months ago, the two I have in the tank were only about half size), river rock decor. I'd love to upgrade the tank but I simply don't have the space (you know, with 14 other Betta tanks...)
Stocking is as follows (It is overstocked but parameters are 0/0/0... According to the city water report we have a Ph of anywhere from 8.8-9.2! o.O I haven't been able to test it but the fish haven't had any ill effects...)
- x1 Male Betta
- x8 Longfin Blue Danio (4 are technically shortfin)
- x? Panda Cories; I can never count them. Originally had 8 and lost one a few months ago, so I'm assuming 7, but normally only see 5 out at a time)
- x5 Male Guppies
- x3 Ivory Mystery Snails (2 are pretty small, from a clutch that my adult Ivories had. Split the adults up after finding the clutch! The 3rd is an adult.)
- x3 Amano Shrimp (To control the Hair Algae that overrun my tank this past summer; As far as I know they're still alive but I don't see them out often.)
I'm open to any and all suggestions. I do have two 20G longs that could be converted into planted tanks. I would love to get a custom 30x18x24 tank (about 56g, the max size that I can have on this desk) but am restricted by both parents and money. I do have a source of money but it's not consistent nor does it pay much.
ETA: Apparently I can't create a new post with 'Go Advanced'. It just adds "Bump:" to this post without bringing up a box to write stuff in.... Here's a picture of the tank when I started it, and then one from a couple of months ago (which I have since redone and sadly it doesn't look nearly as good.