Wasnt sure if you guys normally did intros here or if so where to put it.
Hello, I am Nicole. I have had aquariums for about 7 years now and have always wanted to do a planted one (well, more then the couple that I would randomly throw in and hope for the best with
). I have a 20g that has been sitting empty for awhile (well really 2 but only going to use one for the time being) and a 55g that very recently became empty when I woke up one day last week to find every single fish in my african tank dead...still not totally sure what happened there but I am suspecting (as I found a chair pulled up to it) that my 2 year old tried to feed the fish, and fed them something like vinegar (he likes to help clean the house too). I am trying not to think about it too much as it is sad and some of those fish I have had since the beginning
So, I am throwing myself into planning and researching turning those two tanks into planted tanks. I have some rough plans starting, some fish stocking ideas going, and am trying really hard to learn about the plants. I am an avid gardener and am studying to become and herbalist, but "gardening" in an aquarium is very scary to me still lol. I am trying to scour the boards and other sites for info so I dont ask all the questions that have been answered a million times already.
The 20 g is one of my favs as it sits inside an old tv. It looks really cool when its all set up and I am starting with that one. I will not be doing co2 on it, except for excel. Lighting is a bit hard as we have very little room to work with. Several years ago when we thought about adding more light we found some thin t5 strips that would fit.
A little more about me...stay at home mom to a 4 year old daughter and a 2 1/2 year old son. We have a little urban homestead with our gardens, chickens, ducks, and worm bin...we may add some bees as well. I also have 2 dogs (a great dane and a lab mix), 2 cats, and 3 rats. Before children I had up to 5 tanks going, but for the last several years it was down to 2, then 1 and now none, except for the betta tank.