Today I'm going to show you what I'm up to in the hobby. First up is my 33 gallon bowfront. In the attached images, the tank light is on only for the purpose of photography. In any other case, I allow the sun to light the tank up. This causes spot algae, but I encourage to treat it as any plant when in controllable numbers.
There are trumpet snails everywhere and I welcome them because they eat general debris and aerate the sand. I never vacuum the sand. The colony is enormous.
The plants are a species of cryptocoryne, however I haven't figured out what exact species. They're a burgundy colour, which is to be expected from crypts. They're planted in a fine sand substrate, so they likely rely on the numerous snails for aeration. I feed root tabs once a month, but I'm contemplating I'd I should go for once every two months, or perhaps never.
A single Fluval 307 is used as the filter. In terms of maintenance, I do 50% weekly water changes and sometimes filter clean outs, although the filter cleanouts are infrequent because it's unnecessary to do them often. I'm treating with Seachem Prime, provided my tap water is chlorinated.
of my tap water is 13⁰, however it's 11⁰ in the tank. Thick calcium buildups occur by the surface and at the base of the tank. The tank is low tech and has no CO2
-Malaysian trumpet snails
I'm still learning about this place, so hopefully the attached images show. Enjoy.