So, I've been doing my research in regards to tank cycling and think I've decided I'll end up going with a fish in method when it comes to be time, as this is the method I feel that I am the most informed on having done it prior with betta tanks successfully. For the mean time I've got my filter running and treated my water with prime. Still soaking the dang driftwood! At this point, I wonder if it would be the worst thing in the world for the driftwood to go ahead and get added to my tank. It's not leeching horribly, but is definitely still releasing tannins.
My water around here has a pH of around 6.5 which seems somewhat acidic for being on city water. I also (yes, please judge me because I'm kicking myself) am using the stupid test strips currently and I should know better than this!! When I had gone to the store and got my driftwood, they were sold out of the API freshwater master test kit. At that moment, I saw the strips, 25 for 10 bucks, and caved. Now that I'm using them, I'm regretting it and know I need to pick up the API test kit. I'll also need to pick up some Stability so I might as well bite the bullet and hit the store at some point and grab these things.
Fun time though! I'm beginning to consider what plants I want in my tank. I'm not going to lie, the whole C02 thing - I'm clueless about this so probably will be leaning towards plants I don't feel would need C02 dosing. Starting off, I figure I can't go wrong with a marimo moss ball or two and maybe picking up an anubias and attaching it to my driftwood. I'm trying to figure out if its better to tie the plant on the driftwood or to glue it.
This is obviously just a bunch of random thoughts and whatnot but I figured I'd update you all. Also, my hydor heater is installed in my tank and I'm having success with it keeping my water at around 78 degrees! Yay! Anyway, that's pretty much all for now. Time to think about plants!
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