This morning, I therefore started to set up the new tank for the Pleco, given that not much was going to be needed in it, I was lucky in that I could reuse most of the "spare" supplies we have collected, and the old 16 gallon bow-front tank. That went well, and I used four and half (approx) gallons of water from the old tank to get the new tank water settled. Water temps matched, so time to move the pleco.... more difficult than expected and wound up having to clear a few things out of the tank that we'd been looking to move for a while. The new tank is set up with the following:-
- 10w heater (the water temp in the freshwater tank has been set around 72F for a while, so this heater should be enough to keep the tank close).
- 23" Bubble wand connected to an air pump (you can see it snaked in the tank, it does not fit across anywhere).
- Hydor 240 circulation pump (the freshwater tank has a canister filter moving water around, so this should replicate that).
- The Marineland Double-Bright LED fixture.
I'd still like to get a small filter for the tank, as I'm not sure how long we'll have the Pleco for, and would like it in good health when I give it away, and I should get a larger heater, at least as backup for the freshwater tank, probably another 200w would be fine.
So, anyhow, here's a picture of the Pleco's new home...
Then I noticed the original tank was looking rather bare, as I moved the cave with the pleco, here's a slightly older shot of the tank. The cave on the right was removed and moved to the new holding tank.
So, I figured, heck I have the new substrate I want to use for the plants, I have the little pots (Net Pots they're called, primarily used for Hydroponics), and I have time and a tank that's already been upset with the move... might as well clean it up a tad more.
The fish in the front right isn't all that well either... but he was part of the reason we decided to move the Pleco.
And there, finally done. The water is still a tad cloudy at the moment, and I'll need to clean the pre-filter on the canister filter in an hour or so, then again tomorrow, but the following scape is pretty much how it's currently looking. It might get a slight overhaul during the week, or this weekend.