It's been a long time since I've been here posting builds or anything else for that matter.
Some of you may recognize my previous builds as Tim's 54 Gallon Reef, Tim's Biocube 29 Angler Tank, and Tim's MOWLR Build (Peacock Mantis).
Well if you followed my Angler build you know that my poor tank got nuked by some unknown toxin and wiped out the fish. I transferred and sold the coral to the LFS
, and the tank went to the basement.
I decided a couple months ago that I wanted to get back into a build and try out a planted tank, with just a few small fish for movement.
So... I've started lurking the forums again and reading all I could process, since I never did freshwater, and jumped right into Salt. I've gotten a lot of good (sometimes conflicting) info, as always, but I think I've gotten enough good stuff to make it work. I'm going to be posting my journey, my ideas, and set-up, and I'd love for you guys to keep my going with criticisms as well as positive reinforcement.
I'm currently in week three of my build, so I'm starting a bit late.
Here's what's happened so far:
I brought the Biocube up for a major deep cleaning with vinegar and water. I ran the system for a week to dissolve all the salt residue and coraline algae.
I then gave it a good bath to remove all of the crap in the back filtration area of the tank.
Once that was done and the tanks was rinsed and dried, I ran it again with the tap water just to purge the system of anything and emptied yet again.
Last week I purchased three bags of Seachem Flourite to get a good 3" of substrate, along with a nice piece of driftwood and a medium/ large rock.
I ran the system for a week testing the water as I went. The only additive was Seachem Prime.
My test results were stable from the beginning at:
I knew that the cycle hadn't started yet, but I read that I could plant immediately. So after running for a week, and doing one 80% PWC
to clear up some of the fogginess from the Flourite I went to the LFS
for a final signoff and purchased some plants.
I added the following plants:
Anubias Nana (x2)
Microsorum pteropus var windelov (Windelov Java Fern)
Microsorum pteropus (Java Fern)
Nymphoides aquatica (Banana Plant)
Sagittaria subulata (Dwarf sag)
I tried to put them in last night in basically where I though they will stay, but I want to add some more plants asap, so they may be relocated today.
I dosed Seachem Flourish and Excel this morning.
My plan is to start adding some type of ammo source to kick-off the cycle and monitor for 2-? weeks it takes to build up enough to add some fish.
I'm planning to add the following fish:
(8-10) Paracheirodon axelrodi (Cardinal Tetras)
(3) Puntius sachsii (Gold barbs)
(2-3) Otocinclus sp. (Oto Cats)
Please let me know what you guys think about my current state, and my future planning.
I'm up for any and all feedback because it all helps!