Planted Tank Guru
Join Date: Dec 2017
Location: Elk Grove, California
All the variables that come into play with balancing an aquarium are what make this hobby difficult for newcomers. We soon forget, as experienced fish-keepers, that there are many balls up in the air at once that we can anticipate (if not exactly) approximately where they will fall. I try to remember this when I am helping someone in an area I am experienced in ( not plants- lol!)
I always kinda worry when I see someone new on this forum setting a tank up for the first time that is diving into the complexity of a high tech system, just learning how to cycle an aquarium, and adding fish. This much so soon can really make someone combust rather quickly from "too much too soon".
I have four different tanks, all have different requirements for maintenance. One constant in all of them- weekly water changes of at least 50 percent.
180 g. low tech w/ wild South American cichlids, corydoras eques, and African Congo riverine tetras.
60 g. low tech w/ F1 Alenquer pair /Stendker "Tefe" discus and wild Altum Angels
30 g. low tech w/ Wild Tucano tetras
30 g. low-tech African Biotope