I finally got some animals to put in my planted tank! 2 female American Flagfish which I’ve named Buttercup and Daffodil. One has a dot on its dorsal fin (Daffodil) and the other one does not (Buttercup). And 10 ghost shrimp.
When I came back from the cruise, I noticed there were tiny little specks of buggy looking critters swimming around the tank. Tons of them! I think they might have been eating algae because the once-growing patch of algae on the glass was shrinking. So when I released the two girls, you can imagine their excitement. They were feasting on the buggies. I’m not sure if they’re daphnia. I think they’re too small to be… Maybe they’re ostracoda or copepods. The shrimp started looking for food around the plants too. I’m not sure I’ll need to feed them for a while. That’s the nice thing about having a planted tank. It’s almost self-sustaining.
Before introducing the animals to the tank, I tested the water’s ammonia levels first. 0. Good. It better have been 0 since I’ve had this tank running for almost 3 months. It would’ve been smarter to test the water before bringing any animals home because otherwise I’d have no plan B of where to put them. But I sort of assumed my water was clean because of the little buggies thriving in the tank. It’s generally a sign of clean water. Next, I floated the bags of fish and shrimp into the tank to get them used to the temperature. After 30 minutes, I drained some of the water out of the bags containing the animals into a discard bucket, and added a little of my tank water into the bag. Another 30 minutes later, I again discarded some of the water in the bags, and replaced it with more tank water. Another 30 minutes, I put the fish and shrimp into the tank, trying to keep as much of the the bag water from going into the tank as possible. I watched them for a few minutes, hunting for food, and then I turned off the lights.
In the future, I hope to maybe get cory cats, but I’m probably going to wait a while to see how well everybody settles in before doing that.