The fluorescent light that was included with the original aquarium kit was upgraded to a Fluval Plant 2.0 LED light. This led light unit is super cool and looks fantastic! The higher quality light will do wonders for the plants so we added the following.
2 x Vallisneria
1 x Bacopa Caroliniana
1 x Cryptocoryne Wendtii
2 x Red Melon Sword
1 x Vesuvius
2 x Scarlet Temple
One of the Rummynose Tetras died (the night of stocking) so we picked up another one to keep the school at 6.
Setting up a new aquarium for Kate. Here goes nothing!
First things first, I need to learn how to take a picture without myself in the reflection. With that out of the way, Kate's new aquarium is a 37 gallon high and if I recall correctly made by Marineland. A Marineland Bio-Wheel Emperor 400 will take care of the mechanical and biological filtration. Heat is provided by a 200 watt Tronic heater by Hagen, which I'll probably end up removing down the road since it's not really needed. The substrate is random pea size gravel as well as some larger stones from a stream.
I've decided to undertake the daunting fish-in cycle. I know I'll get a lot of flack for this however we stocked the aquarium with the following.
6 Neon Tretras
6 Rummynose Tetras
4 Angel Fish
4 Dwarf Gourami
2 Pleco's or Catfish (?)
Kate really loves watching the fish. She's able to track their motion and displays laughter and cooing when watching them.
Now that the CO2 system is in place I’m keeping an eye on the drop checker. I took a wild guess and initially set the bubbles per second to eight. The CO2 drop checker started turning yellow which indicates that the CO2 levels are too high. This makes sense since the aquarium is still in the process of establishing and equalizing. The plants I recently added are also still adapting so CO2 utilization might be a little low. I reduced the bubbles per second to two and will wait and see.
While down at Aquarium Co-Op getting some supplies for the 60 gallon project I couldn’t help but get a few more fish.
2 Cardinal Tetra
1 Reticulated Siamese Algae Eater