Well finally broke down and began a planted tank. Been doing fish since I was a kid, but never started a real planted tank. Planted tanks are a totally different story, the process is already rewarding and fun!
Tank size: 29 g.
Lighting: Single tube, 10k Coralife
Equipment: Rena XP3 Canister filter, Ebo-Jager 100 w. heater.
CO2: I believe it is an 8lb cylinder; Milwaukee brand regulator, solenoid valve, and bubble counter.
Substrate: Floramax live sand/gravel (additional bags to be added).
Parameters: Nutrifin KH/GH test: 100 mg/l. Aquarium Pharmaceuticals kit: PH 7.2, Ammonia 0, Nitrite 0, Nitrate 20 mg/l, CO2 [per ph/kh concentration chart] 19-22 mg/l.
Fertilization: Seachem Flourish, approx. 2.5 ml twice a week.
Plants: Rotala rotundifolia (indica), Elocharis acicularis.
Inhabitants: 6 Otocinclus vittatus.
Additional Comments: Weekly water change(1/4). Three week old tank.
I still have a lot to do with this tank. I wanted to stick to everything native to a Honduran river marsh setup. But after I purchased the Rotala, I remembered that they were Asian. So I guess I can slip up on some other things. Can't find locality data for E. acicularis, but I love the bed look and it is naturally a bog/marsh plant.
I plan to create a full back wall of Rotala, and 70% ground cover in the front with the Elocharis. I have not yet decided on what middle ground plant I will add intermittently around the tank.
Fish will include a small school of Rummy nose, small school of Pygmy corys, 2 banjo cats, a trio of livebearers (likely marigold swords), and maybe some shrimp. At least at the genus level, all of these taxa occur in Honduras.
I just added the co2 tank a day ago and will likely spend the weekend learning how to control it. After a week or so from now, I'll add much more Rotala and Elocharis, and maybe some middle ground plants.
Any comments are appreciated!
Do you guys think my current lighting will suffice with my goals? I still have numerous things to tinker with here, such as a spray bar for the filter outtake.