Starr22 Posted December 7, 2022 Share Posted December 7, 2022 Here I will (try to) chronical the two tanks I currently have sitting on my desk. The tank on my right is 40l and measures 30cm wide by 27cm deep by 40cm high (1ft x 10.5” x 16”). I bought the tank second-hand for $10 (Australian). It did have an internal filter set up but I took this all out. The tank now has a Chihiro A series II light and a sponge filter for filtration. This tank was started on the 31st of October. Master soil as the substrate and the first plants to go in Water wisteria (Hygrophila difformis) Ambulia (Limnophila sessiliflora) Crested Java Fern (Microsorum pteropus) I added some Monte Carlo (Micranthemum umbrosum) a few days later. I currently have 5 tetras (4 x cardinal and 1 neon), a male betta and a mystery snail in the tank. I also have added some red root floaters (Phyllanthus fluitans), this is mainly to combat algae. This tank is my first foray into the world of aquascaping / aquariums and so far it hasn’t been too bad of a journey. The plants are growing but not as fast as I want them too 😊 and I have some issues with algae from time to time. I do also seem to get the occasional ammonia spike. The tank on my left is also second-hand. I bought this for $40 and it came with a little Aqua One LED light. This tank is 23cm wide, 37cm deep and 24cm high. I placed it so that the longest side is easiest to see when I'm sitting at my desk. I’m running a second air line from my air pump to feed a nano sponge filter in this tank. The idea is to set this tank up as a shrimp tank only (neocaridina’s). I started this tank on 04/12/2022 (3 days ago). As substrate I used Fluval plant & shrimp (I used a little gravel & sand at the back to raise the floor) and planted it with the following (front to back): Monte Carlo (Micranthemum umbrosum) Lobelia Cardinalis Rotala rotundifolia Amazon Sword (Echinodorus amazonicus) Ambulia (Limnophila sessiliflora) < cutting taken from the other tank Red root floaters (Phyllanthus fluitans) < also from the other tank Both the Lobelia and the Rotala I got for free from my local pet store as they were about to throw them out. They cam in tissue culture pots and seem to be ok for now. I’m trying to get my hands on a bottle of Dr Tim’s ammonia so I can start the cycling process with this tank. I’m using both these tanks as learner tanks and to take these lessons to a larger community tank. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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