Two weeks ago I set up my first non-goldfish tank, I did some reading here first, it was a lot of help, thank you.
20-gal long with moon sand substrate, AH Supply 38-watt light kit (55-watt reflector), rain gutter hood with .75 watts of LED moon lights, 100 watt heater, Aquaclear 50 HOB filter (200 GPH).
15 or so plants of the easier and lower light varieties: anubias, crypto, cabomba, hornwort, java moss and fern, and vals. I've been using regular flourish as a fert, most of the plants aren't in the substrate, they're anchored to driftwood or chiclid caves, they seem to be doing pretty well so far.
The Bad: The tank is not cycled, and my lazy/dumb ass hasn't even opened the test kit.
The Ugly: I couldn't control my trigger finger on aquabid, long story short 7 sterbai corydoras and 1 albino bristlenose pleco will be here tuesday, ready or not.
So please help me make a good home for these corys, besides getting out and using that test kit what do I need to do?
Am I one of those guys that needs to do daily 25% water changes for weeks until the tank is properly cycled?
PS- My eventual plan for this tank includes female bettas and cherry shrimp.