I am new to the forum but have 5 years 'experience' within fish-keeping. What I mean by that is making the fish alive for long enough to enjoy them.
Last year, thou, I've set up a 65l low-tech planted fish tank and it was doing pretty good I have to say. I had some deaths at the beginning as I've stupidly put a tree bark in it without any prior treatment, but after taking that out and everyday water changes for a week it all went back to normal. Unfortunately, as I am a student, I had to leave Plymouth, UK for 3 months so I gave the fish and plants to my friends. The plan was for me to take them back, but both of my friends didn't mind leaving them alone as the fish were happy.
I am back now, and I've set the fishtank back again. This year its all about the German Blue Rams and neon tetras. The tank was cycling for 2 weeks before I could get my ammonia nitrates and nitrites to 0s. Everytime I did a water change I would get ph swings, kh
really high and gh
really low(between 0ppm and 30ppm!!) Now my kh
haven't changed but my ph is stable for some reason(during day, night and after water change it is at 6) so I added 8 neaons and a week later a male and female rams.
It's been 2 weeks since I've put the fish in and it is all stable with weird parameters
Just to add to the fishtank specs:
: AquaStart 500
: Tetra 500 and diy moving bed filter(Cuz the rams apparently need decent water quality)
: Aqua Gro and black gravel
: 2 bogwoods and ceramic pot
: Java Moss, Egeria Densa, Cabomba, Wisteria and Magenta Water Hedge
: 2 German Blue Rams, 8 Neon Tetras
So yeah this is my story
P.S. If you see anything wrong with the set up please tell me that ASAP!