Hi all, well I've always been fascinated with aquariums, especially when seeing a great planted one. I would go to my local fish store and was always blown away with the large planted tank they had. It's a glimpse into an underwater world. Anyway, i tried a few 10 g tanks maybe 10 years ago, but i would slack off slowly on maintanance, and the tank would go green and then i gave up. Well, I've decided to give it a go again after I saw the Edge. I thought I might be able to keep this thing in the living room , and not stuck in some dark corner of the house (where my wife prefers it). Well, it didn't end up in the living room, but in our den, so it's not too out of sight. We'll see if i can keep up with maintaining it this time around.
Well, i wanted a planted tank, but something relatively simple, so I opted for some mosses (taiwan and singapore if I recall correctly), and am going to try a glosso carpet. I also planted a water sprite at the back of the tank , but i may get rid of it. I'm not sure it fits well with the tank setup.We'll see.
(I'm writing this at work at present, but I would like to post a few pics soon and get some opinions)
I've had the tank for about 4 weeks. I cycled it for about 2 weeks fishless, then I added 2 peacock gudgeons and 4 amano shrimp and 1 pinnochio shrimp. So far eveythings alive, and seems to be doing well. The water parameters are in good range ( I just use a 6 in 1 test strip).
Substrate wise, I have a fine layer of peat with a 1 inch layer of flourite topped off with 1/2 to 1 inch layer of sand. I have modified the edge lighting, by getting rid of the spotlightish stock halogens and adding 2 cf bulbs with a total of 16 watts of light. I kept the stock HOB filter but have an intake sponge and added a small sponge on the outake side as well as i found it too turbulent in the tank with the filter on high flow. My sand would somewhat wash away in the flow. I know i could adjust the flow, which is what i had been doing initially, but about 3 weeks into the tank i came home and the filter had stopped at some point. I took the impeller out and cleaned it , although it looked clean, and it worked again. So I thought maybe running on lowest flow setting wasn't so great, so i added the little bit of foam to reduce the outflow turbulence andi can have the filter on high flow. I also had a submersible heater but the edge is so small, that the heater really destroys some of the aesthetics of the setup, so I am in process of trying something different heating wise.
I am trying a reptile 50 W heating cable. I have wrapped my HOB filter with the heating cable. It's a 23 ft cable ( the smallest i could find), so I have a lot left not on the filter but I started at the top of the filter and left about 1 inch between wraps, taped with electrical tape all around circling ther whole filter on the outside. It is meant to wrap on plastic terrarium decor so I think it should be fine on the plastic of the filter. There is no thermostat, but it really doesn't get hot, but is certainly warm to the touch and seems to be working. I left for a few days and we had a cold snap up here in canada, so when i came home the ambient temp in our house was around 56 degrees, and my tank was at 74, so i am pleased so far. over the summer i will unplug it, but I am glad to have freed up space in the tank.
I am dosing with excel every other day about 1/2 ml. I am not ready for Co2 injection yet, and i don't think my plants need it. The glosso is starting to spread nicely. I did plant it in little leaf pairs a few cm apart (sore back
)and so far so good. i change about 20 % water /week.
I am still pretty new at this, but i have done a lot of web research, i would appreciate any suggestions.
I would like a few schooling fish to add to the tank to go along with the 2 gudgeons and 5 shrimp. Suggestions? I am leaning toward maybe 3 green tetras. Would 5 be too many for my tank?
Thanks for reading and i will try to post some pics soon.