I thought I would update you all on whats been happening with this new set up. A month has passed and the tank has cycled. I have added the fish and they have now been residing in it for a week. I have had no deaths so far.
My last 2 water changes were dong with rain water I have been able to collect. I now have about 100lit of rain water in storage which is being aerated or circulated using a pump and a light filter to prevent the water stagnating.
I am including with this post my last 4 water parameter tests for you all to see what has happened. I am pleased to report that I have achieved these results without CO2
as of yet.
The rain water has certainly, I believe, contributed to the dramatic drop in the GH
which was my primary concern. I had some melt off of only one plant type, unfortunately, I do not know its name. Only one tiny stem is still alive and I am hoping this one will be able to establish itself.
The plants in the tank are as follows :
Bucephelandra wavy leaf green
Bucephelandra wavy leaf red ( although the red is very feint IMO
3 different mosses ... one is Christmas moss I believe.
Bolbitis ( 2 types, a big leaf one and a little leaf one)
Some anubias ( small leaf - I think the melted one is also one such )
a large Aponogeton Ulvaceus
Some "moss balls"
and what I think is Sagitaria variety .... like a Valisnaria Gigantea but not as Gigantic.
Fish population :
Rummy nose ~ 9
neaon tetras ~ 12
Lemon tetras ~ 4
Copper tetras ~ 4
Corydoras ( Julie, 3 stripe and copper) ~7
Fire tetras ( really small ) ~6
2 Splash tetras
I also have 4 Nerite snails and some Amano Shrimp.
I plan to add :
koi angels ~ 5
Otcinclus ~ 6
Splash Tetras ~ 4
Lemn tetras ~ 4
Copper tetras ~ 4
Corydoras julie ~ 4
This, I think, will be my total population.
I will also be adding sppagnum moss to my filter once I get the CO2
running. I am missing one component for the CO2
Speaking of the CO2
, I am going to be using a citric soda and baking powder mixture to test out the CO2
before perhaps investing ( when I have the cash) on a pressurised system.
later thisd evening I will add some pics of the tank. I have too much reflection during the day.
Thanks to all who have followed this lead and contributed to the need for information.