Please excuse my camera/phone lol
1. Fluval Flora (stock light/filter)
2. Rena Heater
1. Bacopa australis
3. Hygrophila corymbosa
4. Telanthera Rosefolia
5. Java Moss
1. Yellow Neos
2. 2 Nerites
3. Some hitchhiker snails
Some rocks and wood from my backyard lol
So on a bit of a whim, I bought a Fluval Flora. I am coming at the hobby from an interest in plants, not fish, so I feel like I might be lacking a bit of knowledge. I have been reading the world wide interweb as much as my free time allows over the last few weeks. What a fascinating hobby! There is so much information available and the people who appreciate planted aquariums seem like a knowledgeable and friendly bunch.
So, my first try at an aquarium. It's sitting on my home office desk. The filter is horrendously loud if not on the max setting, which I have read is a fault of this particular model. I emailed the place I bought it from hoping they have some idea of how to fix it (it is a loud mechanical noise, like playing cards on bicycle spokes).
It is a Fluval Flora, as I mentioned. I bought a heater for it which should be here in the next few days. I bought an extra bag of substrate. I used rocks and gravel from my backyard (baked, boiled and soaked) to try to create a landslide type of effect for the hardscape. I ordered some plants from the internet before doing much research, so I am going to shove them in and see what happens when they arrive, and cross my fingers.
After the plants have established themselves I am thinking of adding some shrimp (I really like the looks of snowballs and the blue ones!) and maybe a betta. I know the compatibility will be hit or miss, but I have read if everyone is in the tank before adding the betta I may have some luck. (2/14- No betta! Fell in love with Celestial Pearl Danios, I want them instead!)
I am really excited to see how this project develops! This forum has been a godsend, lots of friendly helpful posts to browse, and the tank journal idea is right up my alley.
This is day 2, and after looking I realized I might need to clean the glass!
If I manage to get a thriving shrimp population growing, they might be a good source of food for my flesh-eating windowsill garden! That sounds evil though, so maybe not.