Hey everybody. Been waiting to have my tank cycled and stocked a bit before introducing myself. I cycled my very first tank using the pure ammonia method and was fully cycled after 27 days (4ppm of Amm. to 0<24h)
Continuously adding plants (java fern, Marimo balls, Anubis, Amazon sword, etc with Salvinia) with some terra cotta pots and a large piece of driftwood.
I was going to get glofish but decided against it. Went for a community tank instead with H Rasboras and a Cobalt Dwarf Gourami as my centerpiece fish. I wanted Panda corys but my LPS
couldnít get them so ordered me Ottos. I did a 1hour acclimation, 1 was dying the next day and lost 3 more over the next week so 2 out of 6 survived. I know they should be more (hence 6) but not willing to buy more.
Was considering adding a sand corner and adding 4-6 pandas (ordered online) instead of more Ottos and maybe 1 snail? Any other suggestions? My nitrates havenít been getting past 5ppm, amm0, Nitrites0. Since stocked Iíve been doing 20% weekly water changes.
My Gourami has been glass surfing and would sometimes rush (no injuries) my Rasboras so I got Salvinia floating plants, seems a little better. No more rushing since but still a little glass surfing.
All in all, loving the hobby and love my tank so far!
Stay safe everyone and stay home!