Well tons of stuff have been done. Swapped the black sand for flourite, different plants, and different fish. Tons of fry and shrimplets, this is a very fertile tank! Here are some pics!
Still my favorite fish
Here is the tank as it is today:
I'm going to take out that big "el nino fern" that I bought from petsmart a while ago. They look really great the first few months but don't grow. After a close look, it appears they just cut a bunch of leaves and tie them together at the stems and make it look like it's actually a whole plant.
After switching from the black sand I tried getting a nice grass carpet to grow, but was unsuccesful:
Now, pretty much all grass is gone. I wonder if it just has a hard time growing in the flourite because in the sand it seemed to actually spread.
I'm going to try an HC carpet this week, hopefully that will actually spread
Hello everyone! I wanted to share my new project after I found this neat community. I used to have tons of tanks back in the day, sw, fw, etc but after moving across the country for college and work, I ended up packing it all away. BUT, about a month ago, I traded a protein skimmer for this neat Fluval Spec V and decided to set something up again, here's' what my tank looks like so far:
Pretty basic as of now, a few pieces of drift wood and two plants.
This black molly is the king of the tank, and you can also see a pregnant guppy about to burst
I also have ghost shrimp and snails to help me with the cleaning.
Other fish are tetras, an orange molly (I think?), and a little algae eater.
The tank is in the process of being modified. The stock lights are horrible, so right now it has a a Marineland LED setup.
I really didn't like the filtration setup on this tank either, and a lot of my googling shows I wasn't the only one.
There is a little hole at the bottom for some reason where water can get sucked in and bypass the carbon and other media. My best guess is that it is for safety purposes, so if the tank gets very low and the water does not reach the overflow, the pump won't burn out. Who knows? So i sealed that up, and also add a pieces of plexi to the top overflow, to raise the water level and actually make the water fall into the back chamber. Here are some pictures of that:
The water flows onto bio balls, a sponge, carbon, more bio balls, another sponge, and then into the pump.
Here you can see the difference in water levels. This is how a real overflow should be imho.
You probably noticed the piece of tape I put there. I'm using it to mark my evaporation rate, but also thought it was cool how it cancelled out the frosting done to the glass, and allows me to see clearly into the back part. Weird, but neat.
So now I'm on the hunt for a different pump, something with a little more flow, but small enough to fit in the back.
Also, what are you guys doing for CO2 on these small tanks? I'm afraid I will harm the fish if I add one, but would like to to add more plants.
Thanks for looking