The plants were dying when I got them, but I thought they would perk up.
I think I had too large of a sand cap. That or maybe just didn't sift through the soil well enough for sticks and some excess ammonia leeched out. At any rate everything died except for the Creeping Jenny and the Hornwort, which still weren't doing so well. There was a burst of algae, but I couldn't get rid of it. :(
The rams horns are alright. They're sitting in a 1 gallon jar just doing their thing, don't mind having their water changed every other day and getting some algae waffers to eat. Well, small bits of algae wafers.
I plan on re-ordering plants(A LOT OF THEM) and starting over in my five gallons.
I'll see if I can try getting the plants shipped to my P.O. box here at school since the previous package had such trouble getting to my home.
Is there anything I'm missing here?
1 inch of soil, half inch of sand/gravel, and plants right?
I'm going out after work to get a new test kit. I'm thinking mine might have expired but I can't tell...
I hear they expire though, so to be safe rather than sorry I am getting a new one.
I'll also be ordering more heaters. Two more of them.
The ones I got a while ago are just wonderful. (about the only good thing to happen regarding the tanks.)
I'm thinking if I follow this method more closely I might have a larger chance at success than with the sand I used. http://thegab.org/Plants/step-by-ste...nted-tank.html
The gravel shown seems perfect, and I like the idea she had to include the oyster shells in the soil, but am wary of that since my tap water is supposed to be hard right off the bat. (going to test the out of tap water asap as well)
My friends are all really aggrivated with me for wasting so much money, but the sad thing is that I rarely see any of them in the first place. I'm yearning for something to interact with when I'm alone doing work or homework.
In fact right now I'm working on taking apart and old imac and turning it into an aquarium. I'm also working on taking apart a webcam to set up a "fish cam". Something I can use to take still shots rapidly of my fishtank incase I ever have problems with my fish so I can diagnose them in the best ways possible. :p
Money isn't that
big of an issue when I know these will almost take care of themselves in the long run (the tanks and equipment that is haha. not the fish)