So I got sick of my scratched up CL 29 gallon and the same pea gravel/bad scape I've had in it the last couple years. Decided to buy a new tank and some bags of AS, found stone and madrona locally, and have scaped it thus far:
I'm into day 3 of the dry start method in hopes of getting this thing semi cycled before filling. HC and microsword is all I'm planning for the left side/front and the back right will later be planted w/ vals and stems. Meanwhile the old tank (my only tank besides a 2.5 gallon) continues to chug along.
My concern is, w/ the drastic slope I've got going on here, how do I go about handling the inevitable ammonia spike when I fill this thing up and the back right finally gets wet?? As you can see, it's going to probably stay pretty dry back there for the next few weeks.
I'm lighting this w/ the old tank's hood overnight after lights out. The old tank's got a 2215 for filtration (which is underpowered but I'm hoping the simplicity of the new scape will improve its efficiency) and a Rio powerhead and I have no spare filter for the new tank. I want a 2217 instead, but I've been holding out in hopes that the 2215 will work.
So... any opinions? I'll fill it up next month, and plant the back, but should I immediately throw my fish and shrimp in it? Just the fish and then cram 50 or 60 RCS in my 2.5 gallon for another week or two to be safe? Throw the powerhead in the new tank until the cycle's over and try dispersing CO2 via it or a spare glass diffuser, meanwhile keeping the 2215 on the old tank? Vice versa? Should I just cave in and buy a 2217, seed it, and call it day? Anybody wanna trade theirs for a 2215?
Thanks in advance for the help.