PedroPete Posted October 24, 2021 Share Posted October 24, 2021 (edited) Hi everyone! Thanks so much for your ideas and feedback on my previous posts! Came back to give an update on the project. SpecsTank: 42L 35-cm cube tank (Urna Blau Cubic Aquascaping 42L) roughly 11 gallonsLight: Chihiros WRGB SlimFiltration: HOB Aquaclear 20 with ACO nano course sponge *has been running on another tank I have for 2-3 weeks No heater yet, but I’ll add one before the fish go in. Without filter, tank runs 22-24*C right now in fall. Plant list Sag. sublata Valisneria nana Echinodorus tenellus Eleocharis acicularis Crypt parva Mayaca Fluviatilis Cyperus helferi (I’d like to add more Val nana and also Juncus repens, Potamogeton gayi, and/or Murdannia keisek.) I set it up Friday night/Saturday morning, and it's looking pretty good so far. Plan: (dependent on water quality and plant growth) Day 1 - 10 ppm nitrates, no nitrates, no ammonia, 300+ ppm GH, 40ppm KH, 6.8 pH, and 0 chlorine. I did a small 20% water change and rinsed course prefilter sponge in used tank water to remove pieces of grasses that were stuck. Day 3 - 50% water change *add more Val, ramshorn snail and amano shrimp Day 7 - 50% water change *add nerite snail Day 10 - 30% water change *add juvenile platy from my breeding colony and a snail Day 14 - 30% water change Day 17 - 30% water change *add 10 Pygmy corys Day 20 - 20% water change Day 20something *add 4 guppies, remove platy Like @Zenzo's recent video suggests, I find when I lean hard into patience and find joy in the process, I enjoy my planted tanks much more. Yes, I did add Seachem Stability and Prime, and, yes, I am using a used filter, but I don’t like putting my fish at risk for something I can control like just waiting a few days. I am lucky, though, as I have a lot of other tanks to keep me busy 🙂 and I’m not worried about the multiple LFS in my city running out or not having Pygmy corys. Anyway, feedback welcome! Cheers! PS - In a future post, I'll add some photos of the vienna guppies I brought back to Spain with me from the US. My pair has had two drops of fry since August, with a third batch expected next week. #viennaguppysuperfan 🤓 Edited October 24, 2021 by PedroPete removed additional photos 6 4 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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