Just thought I'd stop by and say hello. I've had a ~25gallon tank (36x?x?) that my parents bought me when I was just a wee lad. I recently moved and took the tank with me and decided to start stocking it again. I first placed a bunch of platic plantlife & two great pieces of petrified wood that I've used in there for ages and stocked up (so far) with 1 Red Tailed Shark, 6 (now 5) Black Skirt Tetras, 1 Neon Blue Dwarf Gourami & 1 Bamboo fan shrimp.
This is a really strange tank. It's a great length, but it's pretty darn slim. It almost doesn't seem like I'll have enough "depth" to get a good aquascape going, but I'm sure I can pull something off. I've already decided to take out one of the petrified wood pieces to make room for some Malaysian driftwood I purchased, but my shark seems to really like the other piece so I guess I'll keep it. It's got a nice dark deep hole in it that he calls home.
I guess my biggest problem is I've gone "fire, aim, ready!" with my setup since I originally was just going plastic. I've currently got about 5 clumps of Anacharis, 2 Jungle Val's (unsure on identity), 2 potted sword lookin plants (brazilian maybe?), and two plants I'm sure to rip out when I get home from work....what looks like milkweed. :?
See, in the past when I ran this tank I had several clumps of Anacharis in there. Now I'm seeing the beauty many of you (an others throughout the net) have created (and believe me, I'm astonished at the beauty ya'll have created) and I'm trying to read up on what I need to do and what I need to buy...
I guess first things first it to fix a few things...
- I'm running a single 20w Aquaglo. I'll have to bump that up to atleast 50w from what I'm reading. I was looking at THIS though I'm wondering if 110w is over doing it. Mayhap.
- If I want to get this going well, I've got to cure my water hardness. I live in San Diego and a test I did last night (and I assume I did it right) put me at around 14rH. :shock: Is reverse Osmosis my only option?
- I guess if I want to get a lot of plantage going here I'll have to not only balance everything else but I'll have to get some CO2 in there beyond what my scaley friend make. The DIY CO2 injector & reactor don't look too difficult. How quickely should I get on the CO2 wagon? I just planted a few days ago.
My current electics are...
- Aquaglo 20w
- Penguin Biowheel 170
- Some heater of unkown wattage. (it seems to keep the tank around 78f)
What I'm thinking I'm going to need...
- A water pump. Looking at this one.
- CO2 diffusion
- More lighting
Tank has been cycling, with fishlife, for about 3 weeks. Plantlife for a little under a week.
So, whatcha think?
EDIT: Additional thoughts...
The substrate I've got is some rather old generic aquarium gravel that looks like the coarser grade in THIS
product. I think I'm running about 1 to 1-1/2". Should I go to the pains to remove this and replace it with something like Flourite with my friends still in the tank? Should I just go and mix abit of something else in? Am I basicly stuck?
You're patience is appreciated.