I used to be a member here 3 years ago but when I put in my email address to get my user name and password it didn't recognize it so I start anew. anyways. I got up to 5 tanks back ranging from 125g - 29g but haven't had done anything since then.
I went to my parents for Thanksgiving and after a few hours of digging around their garage I came home with just about a complete set up for a 55 gallon aquarium which I want to hold discus at some point.
I've started with peat substrate with a layer of sand covering it. The rocks are petrified wood which I bought about 7 years ago and was very happy to see that they still existed.
I can't find the tabs which have my plant names but I have two crinium bulbs, 2 melon swords, 1 amazon sword, 4 tall grassy plants, the tall one with narrow leafs in the middle and then a small unidentified asian plant to the left.
I was impatient and overstocked to start so I'm going to need to do a good job monitoring things along with probably dailey water changes for the 1st week.
I bought 3 small clown loaches because I've always wanted to have them but I suspect I'll probably trade them in at some point do to size and wanting to do shrimp which I didn't know they will eat when I bought. So first mistake right there. But my local fish store is really cool so it won't be a problem.
I also got 3 rams and 4 Ottos. everyone but one of the ottos (who just tonight has started looking listless) is doing well.
My big problem right now is getting my PH down. It's at at least 7.5 (I tested my tank water and tap water both were high). I bought some neutral PH regulator tonight but that has been ineffective so far. I suspect it's pretty hard. So I'll need to get something
for lighting I have two helios full spectrum T5's and a brackets for a third but my fish store only has actic blue available. The plants are giving off lots of air bubbles but I'm not sure if it's due to the water change I did this morning.
All in all I should have went slower ,I know better, but hopefully I'll get through these next two weeks and everything will settle in. I'll look to add more plants later this week.
Really hope the otto pulls through