I just picked up a 20 gallon long from petco dollar per gallon sale! I’ll keep you updated and show the entire build! Going to let it cycle for a month or two and then add the fish. I’ve already selected them
Cool! What fish are you going to add?
I'm followng this . How much did you pay for the tank?
It would be way cheaper building the stand but also some time/effort but I'd pick building it.
This is my 55, I started it on June 30th. The light is a $50 Current USA LED. It might have been on sale but the point is you don't need high light to have a decently planted tank. Of course you aren't going to want to use coarse gravel like I used if you're going to have cory cats but it does allow good fertilizer circulation to the roots of my plants.I’m thinking of adding some super basic plants such as java fern and anubias I don’t want to spend a lot of money on a high tech light
This is my 55, I started it on June 30th. The light is a $50 Current USA LED. It might have been on sale but the point is you don't need high light to have a decently planted tank. Of course you aren't going to want to use coarse gravel like I used if you're going to have cory cats but it does allow good fertilizer circulation to the roots of my plants.
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Rhizomes and stem plants will be your friends. Both will feed from the water column and don't require much light at all. You can use a clamp on light like you might use under the hood while working on the car and a 6500K compact fluorescent bulb. LED's use much less power but if being economical with the initial purchase is a big consideration you can light a tank for less than $15.
That will be good. I bought some from them also and it is nice stuff. Very dense. You'll want to boil it for a bit to release some of the tannins before you put it in your tank unless you like tea colored water, some people do like that. You won't have to worry about soaking it to get it to sink though, it drops right to the bottom. I bought 7 pieces and every one of them had nice sized worm holes and assorted nooks and crannies where I was able to stuff the rhizomes from the Anubias and Java fern. No gluing or tying needed. Easy!
The API Master Test Kit is pretty popular, it's the one I use and the results are good as long as you follow the directions. Do you know your current water parameters? pH? Temperature?
It was told to me that fishkeepers don't really keep fish so much as they keep water. You keep good water and your fish will thrive.
That's pretty much what I did, I wasn't ready to use it right away so I let it soak. It won't hurt anything, that's for sure. I used a long pair of stainless steel BBQ tongs to flip the wood and pick it up when it was still steaming hot.
I used a piece yesterday while I was building the new 10 gallon for one of my Bettas. I boiled it sometime this past week, don't recall the exact day but I let it cool in the water and took it out the next day. It was steaming the kitchen up quite a bit while boiling so I didn't let it go terribly long, though it was sticking out so I had to flip it once. It's been in the 10 gallon for a day now and I don't see any change at all in the color of the water.
That's one thing I think I do like about the Malaysian, it actually IS driftwood that has been collected. It's not like MopanI which starts out as a tree and is then sold for the aquarium hobby due to its dense structure and suitability. MopanI still has a lot of tannins whereas the wood that has actually been floating around for who knows how long has had a lot already taken out long before it reaches a fishkeeper.
My computer must be broken, the pictures aren't showing up for me.HI guys! I’m very excited to say that I’m ready to start adding plants and in a couple weeks when I’m done adding plants I’ll be adding the fish! Would you guys recommend some amano too?