My hobby has rotten and I’ll try to help you out with what I can remember (based on experience) and by giving you sources.
First, thank you for stumbling upon the hobby section. I always thought no one goes in there.
Skip the whole thing and go to the bold texts at the bottom of this post for the answer.
About the t5. I really had no experience with t5 lighting fixtures per se. All the lighting I got to use were DIY (do it yourself) and I hardly made effort into looking and buying those specific t5’s.
What I would do was to look for tubes that had the appropriate color temperatures.
Pictured above is a piece of driftwood with algal growth.
I took this photo a few days before I left home, and after personally cleaning this 5-gallon aquarium for the last time.
That green life is actually an algae, a cladaphora, and it is the only kind of algae I, as a hobbyist, would allow to flourish inside my tank(s). The other algae hobbyists would want to keep is the morimo ball (yes, Japanese).
The leaf protruding from the algae is actually of a Java fern that has been covered/taken over and got stunted.
Take a closer inspection and see a small 'dwarf' shrimp near the algae. It is almost a centimeter long and is just halfway its full length.
The bubbles on/in the algae bush are actually oxygen bubbles produced due to photosynthesis.
This is not a painting. It is an art, para mi, of Nature. Algae.
(I know many of you are not yet familiar, but I used to post my expeditions and updates of my hobby, aquarium keeping. You can click here to see my chronicles and adventures related to this.)
The Sunday before my two-week adventure, that was 8th May, I cleaned my 4-foot biotope aquarium. From there, I knew I made a mistake. I emptied it close to 30% and poured in immediately with tap water. Chlorine. Yep. Just some 3o minutes after, I saw the effects of my hurry. I didn’t take the fish out, so, consequently, they started to become weak. I hastily transferred them into my spare tank. But it was late. Three angelfish and a Chinese algae eater died within that day.
I was already in the province when my brother informed me that the remaining two angelfish followed suit! Now the 4 feet tank is vacant from fauna except for the Malaysian trumpet snails. The fauna, Cryptocoryne aponogetifolia, which is so much prone to a condition called ‘crypt melt’, also died days after. (It happened when they experience too abrupt a change on their environment such as water parameters —brought by the huge partial water change.)
This was taken when I got back home. As expected, all the plants died.
Gobies, Halfbeaks, Gouramies, Shrimps: The Process
2nd January, 2011
Last day of the long vacation, and in fact, my deadline for this project has expired already along with the end of the year.
So I went back, with my ever supportive father, to the place where we first spotted the halfbeaks.
I was unsuccessful about improvising the suro (big net —analogy: two hand sword) and was only able to bring my two aquarium fish nets. For more than twenty
For the plants, I went to Cartimar, a shopping district in Pasay City. I plan to plant Hydrilla verticillata and Cryptocoryne aponogetifolia. So far, the latter plant was the only available at the time i visited the place.