Richmond is a little far for me unless shipping is an option.
With Ada do I not have to let it cycle? I was planning on doing a silent cycle with a seeded sponge filter and some seeded gravel of mine (not much maybe about half an inch worth).
Or can Ada go through the silent cycle without spiking ammonia when near fully planted?
Ya.. Pat (Mykiss) can ship it as I use to ask him shimp stuff to me in Burnaby. (I pick up live stock from him at Richmond thou.) However not sure how much will be ship. Since you are using 5 gallon jug you probably only need small bag.
I am also not sure what type of ADA Amazonia Pat (mykiss) has but the original ADA Amazonia was known to leak ammonia and casue ammonia spike when first introduce to the tank. You may want wait for a while before add live stock in the tank. (I believe the powder type has less issue.)
2 petsmarts in Surrey have Fluval® Plant Statum Aquarium Substrate. (12101 72nd AveSurrey, BC V3W 2M1 and 15765 Croydon Drive, Unit# 108 Surrey, BC V3Z 2L6) It is plant version instead the plant and shrimp version.
Personally I use fluval plant and shrimp stratum but it was hell to use it in the small aquarium like fluval edge 6 gallon because the substrate keep pull the pH down. I had to add buffer everyday to keep pH at 7.
I'm going to be doing low and medium.. I have a 15watt 6500k but it will be at least 6" away from the water
I'm scrapping the jug idea and going for a normal 5gal. I cant get the glass cut, and my dexterity is horrendous planting with a narrow long pointed stick.
I will be starting with 3 cherries 1 male guppy and I think a female ender judging by the pattern. Still too young to be for sure -though. I eventually want to add some more cherries and I will likely get an other guppy.
I have low light plants growing in gravel a lone with frets and they are pathetic. >< Same plants tank directly beside it with Ada and stratum is much happier. They get equal lighting. I am planning to use some gravel to take away from the amount of plant substrate I will need though.