So it's been about a year that I've had the tank up (first planted tank) - been nearly 1.5 years since I've been browsing TPT and asking billions of questions.
In honor of everyone who helped me along the way and tolerated my naivety here are pics of my tank.
Tank Specs (Low-tech):
-Half moon 20G (first tank - its a hand-me-down, has a few scratches but ultimately very happy with the tank)
- 2 x 24W CFLs approximately 20-22" height from gravel surface
-1-2" of Miracle Grow Potting Soil capped with 2-3" of Eco-Complete
- Root Tabs, Iron column fert, very sparsely excel dosing, Seachem Comprehensive
- No CO2
- Low maintenance, dose once a week, lights are on anywhere from 4- 10 hours (on avg. 6 hours a day), water changes used to be 50% once a week but have since limited them to perhaps 50% once a month. (I've been following forums long enough to try the various "standard methods" and those pioneered by people like Tom Barr). Tank can use some trimming right now.
- Flora: Wisteria, bronze wendtti, red wendtti, ambulia , crypt parva, needle-leaf java fern, susswassertang, triandra elatine triandra
-Fauna: Bubble (Balloon) ram, Badis Badis, Bumblebee Gobi (FW tolerant), Neon Tetra, Harlequin Rasbora, SAE, Amano Shrimp, Panda Cory, Pepper Cory, Green Cory, Otos, Firebelly Newt, Black Skirt Tetra, Bloodtail Tetra
Before you guys tell me its overstocked do know that this tank has been stable and stocked at this level (or near it) for 8 months. Last fish was added last summer. Overstocked ? perhaps. Heavily planted? Yes.
Enjoy! Constructive criticism is always welcome. And to those of you who helped me along the way - thank you.
P.S. Tank is much cleaner and water quality much crisper but I had shifted the Elatine Triandra in the front. Horrible time to take pictures but you're lucky I even remembered to! Been planning to take pictures well over 8 months lol.
This is from my iphone 4s - not bad but certainly not my Canon 20D