Originally Posted by fish wrangler
Welcome to the forum! What kinda light are you going to run with this tank? High tech or low tech? Any idea on plants or stocking?
I have an AquaticLife Marquis which houses two 52W 6,000K T5 HO
bulbs. The tank is currently low tech. I have aspirations for CO2
and EI dosing in the near future, one step at a time. I am paranoid of the tank being overcome by algae during my fishless cycle so I have stuffed a ton of plants in it. I am also running the lights for ~6 hours a day as there is no CO2
injection yet and no other means to combat algae. It is dirted with Miracle Gro Organic potting soil and capped with blasting sand, the excess nutrients is what makes me paranoid about alage. Some people advised me to maybe not do dirt as I am new however I figured to give it a go anyways, hope that doesnt come back to bite me!
The plants I have used so far are Jungle Val, Rotala, Anubias, Hornwart, Java Fern and a couple different Swords. Foregound/carpeting plants are impossible to come by in my area and I will need to order them online I think. I am also looking for one show piece plant I have saved a nice bare spot for (madagascar lace maybe? would like something with another colour other than green).
I have no idea what I am going to stock it with fish-wise, I am actually researching that currently.
I am on day 4 of the cycle and will be looking for an area to post a Journal of this experience on here somewhere within the next couple of days.