Hey everyone, I'm new here to Planted Tank, but I've been lurking the forums as a guest for a week or two, trying to get an idea of how to keep a planted tank. A couple days ago I took the plunge and have set up a tank with a few plants (what I could get at Petco), and have a fishless cycle starting. Here's what I have so far:
Tank: Eclipse System 6 (6 gal)
Heater: 25 W Marineland Stealth (80 F)
CO2: DIY with Nutrifin ladder (not installed yet)
Hood upgrade: 13 W, 6500 K, AHS retrofit (not installed yet)
The plants I have right now are a little sparse, and I'm waiting to see how they start to grow before adding more. In particular I really need some foreground plants. So far the plants I have are:
Microsorum pteropus tropica
(sprouted from "Betta Bulb" kit, not sure species)
I know that the Argentine Sword will get big. My goal at the moment is to keep it trimmed back, and when it gets too big to manage, move it to a different tank. Petco also managed to trick me into buying a Peacock Fern, which I later found out is non-aquatic and won't grow in there, but it's in there nonetheless, I'll remove it when it shows signs of degrading. Here's the tank:
I'm not great at aquascaping, but I'm satisfied with the layout so far, let me know if you think there's anything that can be moved around to improve the look. I was also thinking of getting a black background.
In terms of fauna, my VT Betta will be moving from his 1 gallon bowl to this tank as soon as the cycling is complete. I was hoping to have some smaller community fish as his friends, perhaps a few Neon Tetras. If I understand the concepts correctly, the ammonia output from fish will eventually be converted to nitrates, which are beneficial to the plants. Any suggestions for stocking are also welcome!
Thanks for looking.