Working on setting up a couple more tanks tonight.
I got a 5.5 gallon up and running using an already seeded sponge filter. I caught 5 of the Aphyosemion cinnamomeum Kurume ADL 13-35 from my 55 and put them in already. There are probably 4 or 5 more left in the 55 that I will try to catch tomorrow. The tank is bare bottomed. I covered the surface with Salvinia minima so that there were no open patches of water. Inside the tank I tossed a couple nice size rhizomes of needle leaf Java fern that have leaves which are a little over a foot long! Plus a couple big balls of peacock moss that I pulled apart a bit so they fill up a large portion of the tank space. I'll be adding some more plants, of course, probably some sort of Anubias, more peacock moss and maybe some Hydrocotyle tripartita sp. 'Japan.' The majority of the water in the tank can directly from the 55, with less than a gallon being new water.
----- I'll put a picture here (later) in the morning once the lights are on & after I fall asleep & wake up! It's 5:30am & I've been awake all night...
I'm planning to sell some of these killies at the upcoming Desert Aquarist Society meeting, or maybe Arizona Rivulin Keepers meeting in Phoenix if I can make it up there.
I would like to eventually use this tank to house the Aphyosemion Australe Cap Estérias BSWG 97/24 trio that are currently in the 20G long with my Apisto erythrura & Dwarf Pencilfish. The hope is to add a either a second trio or maybe one male & three of four females. Although, I might put a basic substrate in for that, pool filter sand or black diamond. I may also need to swap it for a 10g if I end up going with the larger breeding group.
I seriously double up on sponge filters in the majority of the tanks that I've got them running in, just for this reason. When I need a new or extra filter, I pull a sponge filter out of a tank with two, replace it with a new one into the tank & use the seeded filter to start a new tank with basically no cycle. (Most of the time!) The tank tonight, for example, the filter has been running in the 10g Killi/Apisto tank for a while. The 10g I'm currently working on for the guppies will get one of the two dual sponge filters that have been running in my 20L Apisto/Dwarf Pencilfish tank for at least a year.
I purchased a bag of pool filter sand today. The plan is to use this sand for the 10g tank for the two Blue Panda Dwarf Guppy pairs I got Friday. I've never used this as a substrate in any of my planted tanks, or aquariums in general I guess!
This will be my first time aquascaping with any light colored sand. I'm currently planning to use only Seiryu Stone in the tank, but I do have some manzanita I could possibly use if needed.
Here are a few shots of the layout I threw together tonight. Well, after I explain the following!
Since the short side of the tank is facing the front it's a bit different than scaping for the normal tank setup. For now though the long side is visible and facing my bed, where I often read, study or chill during the short amount of time I'm not in the library on campus. So I have tried to make it scaped to look good from both sides.
I do plan to find some egg crate to raise up the stones a bit higher. Probably raise up the stones specifically at the back and on the left side(when facing the front(short) side...
I also tried to make sure that most of the angles were similar. Along with trying to align the veins running through the stones as well as the textures of the rock
Suggestions are definitely welcome!
Kinda the angle I would see a lot...
Well, like I said, I would love to hear your thoughts. I've never done an all stone aquascape. There will be a lot of moss, Bucephalandra, Anubias nana & A. nana petite. Perhaps some of the more rare Anubias species.
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