I've never kept a soft acidic freshwater aquarium before, so this will be a first for me. I'll surely need some advice and info from you good folks.
I dusted off the RO/DI unit and started it cranking ...waste-water galore. I did end up getting some nice (?) water considering what I started with:
Aged Tap Water
KH - 18
GH - 19
pH - 8.3
Aged RO/DI Treated Water
KH - 2
GH - 4
pH - 6.9
Night and day isn't it?
We've all seen empty tanks with a sprinkling of peat and mulm on the bottom, so I didn't bother to document those steps. Here's a list of the equipment:
- 5.5 All Glass Aquarium
- Grade A pine homemade base and canopy
- ZooMed 501 canister filter
- Hagen Natural CO2 System
- Two 1 X 13 watt AH Supply bright kits
- 3 pounds Shultz's Aquatic Soil
Full Frontal of the tank
Left side closer view
Right side closer view
Now for the part everyone loves, the list of plants:
- Rotala rotundifolia - temporary fast grower
- Myriophyllum simulans - temporary fast grower
- Guppy Grass - temporary fast grower
- java moss - attached to temporary hardscape
- java fern - attached to temporary hardscape
- Blyxa japonica
- dwarf sag - temporary to look less empty
- Hottonia palustris
- Hydrocotyle sibthorpioides
- Hemianthus micranthemoides
- Riccia - temporary fast grower
Some pics of the permanent residents
Lonely baby B. japonica
I ordered the following from Lowcoaster:
Tonina sp. 'Belem'
Do these plants sound good? Any other must have plants I should consider?
With the hagen DIY CO2 running my pH dropped to 5.6 . I don't plan on keeping any fish or inverts in here, so this should be OK right? According to Chuck's chart that's 150.7 ppm CO2. I don't think I believe that. Could the light (very very light) sprinkling of peat have knocked my cal/mag buffering off, or is the chart likely correct?
I have about a gallon each of the Seachem line. I have several pounds each of KH2PO4, K2SO4, KNO3 and Plantex CSM+B from Greg Watson. Any recommendations where to begin? I hate testing. Anyone ever scale down EI to 5 gallons of water and have success? I hit it with .5 ml Flourish Trace, .5 ml Flourish Iron yesterday when filling the tank, and .5 ml each of Flourish potassium, phosphate, and nitrogen this morning, just so there would be some nutrience in the water column. Any special needs of Tonina as far as nutrients go? I'd like to run this tank low on nitrates to get some pink tips on the R. wallichi. Will this affect the Tonina adversely? My H. palustris and H. sibthorpioides love root ferts. Any reason the Tonina wouldn't like Flourish Tabs?
I've set this tank up in front of a window unit AC. Does 75-78 F sound like a workable temp for the Tonina?
I'm sure I'll think of more. Y'all don't be afraid to chime in as i re-learn how to keep plants in water rather than liquid rock.