Well, as my husband says I am spending WAY too much time on a little tank that doesn`t even have any fish yet! I thought today (after yet another rescape/rearrangement) seemed like a good day to go ahead and start a journal thread and maybe get some input.
I bought the tank and stem plants on August 21. I received the filter and started it on September 2.
Here`s the tank today.
Substrate is plain gravel with laterite in the bottom layer. Light is the popular Hampton Bay desk lamp. Filter is an Azoo Palm. Setting up DIY CO2 soon, no ferts yet except a few sporadic doses of Flourish.
On the 2nd, a few hours after I set up the filter for the first time, my ammonia read .5 ppm, nitrite 1.0 ppm, and nitrate 5.0 ppm. I am not adding any ammonia source! Something`s gotta be decaying and I bet it`s this guy.
That was my first swap-n-shop purchase and it went a bit awry. It arrived here in Phoenix while I was out of town and unable to stalk the mailman to avoid it sitting in the sun. I think it`s a goner.
I`m leaving it in there though, both from stupid hope (maybe a bit of the rhizome survived and will rally?) and because, well, it`s cycling my tank!
Anyway, I had some questions. I am going to fill in some more wisteria behind the driftwood. I thought something medium-sized, narrow and upright like Blyxa japonica would look nice in front of the wisteria on the left side of the tank. Is that plant appropriate to this scale and this light?
Any suggestions for how to fill in the right side? I think maybe it needs some hardscape?
I need to get some fauna in there soon (guess I`ll wait for the cycle to complete.) I was going to get a copper halfmoon betta but the breeder isn`t responding to me and now I`m having second thoughts. I`m going to some trouble to keep the plants proportional to the tank, so maybe the fish should be proportional too? My LFS sells spotted rasbora, and I do love shoaling fish -- could I do 6 of those and some shrimp?
OK, I think that`s it for now. Thanks to anyone who gets through this and has advice!