And so it begins! A journal should be an excellent way to track my progress and help me remember dates.
Tank: Deep Blue 5 gallon
Light: 8w T5 Daylight bulb (included with hood)
Heater: Hydor Theo 25w
Filter: AquaTop PFE-1 (AquaClear media)
Substrate: Seachem Fluorite
Hardscape: Mopani wood & quartz/slate
Grow-Plants-Grow: Flourish Comprehensive, Root Tabs, Excel
Testing: API Freshwater Master Test Kit
I plan for the tank to house a betta and probably a Nerite snail as well. I don't have either yet so there's not a rush-rush-rush. My brother's friend's mom is big into freshwater aquariums and she offered to give me some filter media for seeding on Saturday.
The heater, fertilizer, and testing kit will arrive by Thursday along with a few other supplies. I have the rest of the above-mentioned now. The flourite has been rinsed and rinsed and rinsed again. I've boiled the mopani for a few hours two nights running now (first in smaller pot and then fully submerged once I found the stock pot) and I'm okay with whatever leeching remains. Just got the tank, substrate, filter, and hardscape set up tonight with a nice dosing of Prime. I don't have any way to test my beginning water conditions yet, so all of that begins Thursday night.
Plants arrive tomorrow in the mail! This will be my first planted tank as well as my first "properly researched" tank in general.
My basic goals in-order are (1) happy fishy, (2) hardy, living plants, (3) relatively minimal maintenance after set-up, (4) pretty tank. Wish me luck!