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03-04-2016, 02:33 PM #1
Back from hiatus and fully cycled!
Hello! It's been a few months since I posted. Last I can remember I had started my first tank with a male betta and it completely crashed. Lost my betta and two corys.
Well I've been busy since then! I bleached out the old tank and all its equipment and started all over again with a totally new direction. I'm still using my 10 gal (with the aim of getting something bigger), only I switche out the HOB for a sponge filter. Really liking the sponge filter, water is much clearer than I was last time during the entire cycling process.
This time around I want for a much more natural, low tech, cool water set up. I'm currently stocking White cloud minnows (which have started having babies!) and soon plan to get a few blue shrimp :D
Here's a few pics of my tank as I've been adding things to it.
Here's the old set up that sadly crashed:
The new fully cycled tank before I added plants:
My current set up with after I added Hornwort and a Marimo moss ball:
03-04-2016, 02:45 PM #2
I really like your new set up a lot!!! Love the DW, did you soak it or glue it to something so it wouldn't float? I still have a medium size spider wood that has been soaking for over 3 weeks...might end up gluing it to something.
03-04-2016, 02:54 PM #3
I actually had no idea you were supposed to soak it or anything before hand lol I just plopped it in and tied it to a little under gravel filter from my old tank because it kept floating. I've removed it since then because it doesn't have problems with floating anymore and it's just wedged into the sand. It definitely leached tannins into my water for over a month but they just stopped after a while and a few good W/C. I was sort of enjoying the black water look it gave the tank for awhile and the minnows didn't seem to mind either. I like it better now though that it's clear.
03-04-2016, 03:43 PM #4
New setup looks great, I too like the DW.
I'd add a black background if I were you, it would really help your WCMM's stand out.
03-04-2016, 06:33 PM #5
I was thinking about that to. Might do that after I add the shrimp. The minnows have actually darkened their colours hugely since I got them. The males are a purplish black almost with the silvery strip and red. Looks really cool.
03-04-2016, 06:38 PM #6
03-04-2016, 11:49 PM #7
Little video of my WCMM and their fry :)