Photo Caption:My 20 gallon high tank, still cycling (two weeks so far) and just added live plants, fish to come! I didn't like the way this background took away from the real plants and decorations so I changed it.
Description: 24" x 12" x 16" standard glass; Penguin bio-wheel 160; Perfecto hood with one 18" fluorescent bulb (not sure of type/brand/wattage but, better than what it came with); Aqueon 200W heater; Substrate is standard aquarium gravel, 1 - 3 mm with Seachem brand Flourish Tabs placed as directed; two pieces of African Root; two pieces of petrified wood; some river rocks. Change 1.5 gallons of water per week. Add 1 capful FloraPride and 1/3 capful Flourish liquid fertilizer after each water change. Test Nitrates day before water change. Nitrates level at about 20 - 40 ppm.
Advice: Research, patience, persistence and dedication will result in a very rewarding and interesting hobby. Be creative but, keep your fishes needs in mind, after all, it's all about the fishes!
Fish Kept: 2 Dwarf Otos (Otocinclus affinis), 3 Lemon Tetra (Hyphessobrycon pulchripinnis), 2 Dwarf Gourami - male (Colisa lalia). More to come!
Corals/Plants: Water Sprite (Ceratopteris Thalictroides), Java Fern (Microsorum Pterous), Narrow Leaf Chain Sword (Echinodorus Tenellus) not doing so well, Radican Sword (Echinodorus Cordifolius) too big for this tank, Red Melon Sword (Echinodorus Barthii) doing very well, Red Wendtii (Cryptocoryne Wendtii) love this plant, very easy to keep and prolific grower
Quote: Seek first to understand, then to be understood.
About Yourself: I have been an on again, off again fish keeper since 1994. Mainly "off again" due to my lack of knowledge. Now that I feel I have the knowledge needed to be fairly successful (time will tell), I am optimistic that I will be more "on again". I already had this tank so I thought I'd test my new knowledge before buying a larger tank, at least 75 gallons (if not larger). This was not the time for me to upgrade for several reasons but, I really wanted to get my tank back up and running as I enjoy the fishes and plants so much. Hopefully, things will go "swimmingly" and I won't lose interest before I buy the larger tank.
Fast Forward to 05-14-2016: I lost interest and this tank is no longer in working order. However, I recently began kicking around the idea of buying the larger tank I mentioned before. I'm not getting any younger so if I'm going to take the plunge, I might have to do it soon!