My planted tank failed miserably. I'm going back to basics for a while, maybe forever. I just picked up a new NO fluorescent strip light to replace the CF
one, and I'm cleaning out all the plants (what's left of them). I'm going to leave the java fern and that's it. I'm sucking out all the eco-complete and putting just plain boring gravel down. The DIY CO2
is going as well. I'm going to keep the canister filter, no reason to change that. I'm hoping the media in the filter is enough to keep the tank cycled and build up the bacteria for the move within the next month.
The biggest reason is the house and the acre of land that comes with the house. I just won't have time to deal with a complicated setup, and to be honest is just hasn't been fun recently. I remember a time when I used to sit and enjoy my tank, now every time I look at it I have to do an hour worth of work on it.
The funniest thing is that after I make all these changes the tank it will be identical to the way it was when I first "inherited" it almost four years ago. Funny how things go around like that.
For those looking to start a planted tank, keep your eyes on the classified section this weekend, there may be a sweet deal on a 96W CF
assembly and housing there soon
Here is my before and after pic. It took me about 3 hours, and I'm not done yet. I don't want to do too much because I don't want to cycle. Next week I need to syphon off more of the algea and do a big water change, and then the move will incorporate the second large water change. Then I'll be able to get my fish stock back up. There was no sign of my kuhlii loaches, but they could just have been hiding in the fake stump.
Sorry about the flash reflection in the after pic, I'll take a better one once it's moved to the new house and looks closer to what I want.
WARNING: pictures may be objectionable to some viewers!
Before (has new light fixture on it):
After (pretty boring but at least I'll be able to actually enjoy it):