I'm doing this mainly for my benefit because I'm too lazy to actually keep a regular journal of all the tank stuff
I'll update as stuff changes and add pictures when I get them. I'll also be talking through my cycles and how I baffle my filters, etc, so on and so forth.
Right now I have 4 cycled tanks running and 6 bare bottom tanks plus a fry tank. I have two big projects coming up...
First, I'm setting up two ten gallons. I'm dividing them 4 ways and I'll be cycling them fishless (hence the fish in the bare bottom tanks). Only giving 2 gallons a fish isn't my ideal but with my current set up and being in the dorms and such it is the only way I can keep my fish and have them all be in heated tanks.
So far I have one tank divided and set up with gravel and plastic plants. The plants are temporary until I can afford lighting and live plants. Once I pick up a power strip I'll be setting up the filter (a Whisper 10i) and heater and begin adding ammonia. In about a week or so I'll add some sponge from my other tanks to help speed the cycle. The other tank was just set up with the dividers today. The glue will need to dry for 48 hours and then I'll add the gravel and plants and begin cycling it as well.
These tanks will house the majority of my males. I have one spot open for a new male if something special comes up, if not that slot will go to the best fish out of the 7 multibabies I have left.
Second project.. I'm giving Poe, my King PK, an upgrade. His new digs will consist of a fully planted Eclipse 12. I'll also be adding RCS to his tank and possibly some snails.
The tank came from my local thrift store (for $15!!) but it did not have the filter so next week I'll be ordering a sponge filter for it. Also next week I'll be buying Eco-complete (red) for the substrate, and the heater. The following week I'll be ordering the plants for it. I'm not sure what plants I'll be adding yet. It's my goal to put enough plants in the tank that I can bypass cycling altogether.
Its going to be a long time setting up this tank because I have to save for everything but once its all put together it should be beautiful
Last night I noticed weird wormlike critters in Poe and Freddie's tanks. I'm not sure what they are but I think they're nematodes. I'm trying to figure out why they are showing up all of the sudden but the fish don't seem to mind having a nice snack in their tanks. I did waterchanges on both tanks tonight and vacuumed really well so I hope I don't see these again because frankly, they creep me out.
I also re-arranged my fish shelf so I can put a spawning tub on the bottom shelf. I'm hoping to find a way to get lights on it eventually but for now I'm happy.
I'm really excited to finally have an income so I can get rolling on these projects instead of just planning them
I'll update again in a few days with pictures of the divided 10s and their cycles.