Getting ready for next year
So I'm getting ready for next year. My trial runs this year were kind of meh (plague of frogs...*shudder*). But I think I have things down pat for this summer tubbing thing. When I get back for Thanksgiving break, I'd like to get ready for next year! I'm not going to use the kiddie pool, especially after it degenerated into a frog marsh. I'm also going to try something to keep frogs out (probably by using a really tight netting connected to PVC). But mainly, I'm wondering how best to create green water conditions for next year.
I plan on breeding Danio tinwini, Microrasbora kubotai, Boraras briggitae, and/or Corydoras pygmaeus, as well as cherry shrimp.
I plan on using leaves to help induce a green water bloom, and then adding some daphnia eggs from Carolina biology, cherry shrimp, and blackworms/tubifex. All of which will be food, along with mosquito larvae that aggregate on the surface.
How many leaves should I add to the tub right now, and what mixture? My home currently has mulberry, apple, cherry, pear, oak, and other leaves. None are sprayed. Should I aim for a layer of leaves? If I add too many leaves, will I need to add an aerator or something to keep out anoxic conditions?
Finally, how do I keep out water beetles? I always find them in my tubs, and I know that they eat my fish.
So many fish/plants/inverts to keep, not enough aquaria.