Well, its been a few years since I last started a planted tank. But I think one can never stay away long from it
. Especially since I now can turn my passion for planted tanks into a living.
This is the tank I am working with, its an odd dimension 56 x 24 x 24 inches, which makes it slightly over 139 gallon.
However, I no longer live in the US, now I live in Indonesia (Jakarta). The only equipment I can trust and am familiar with is ADA aquasoil. As Indonesians say, different field, different locusts. And oh by the way, I have ammonia in tap water, go figure.
Tank equipment :
Resun EF-2800U canister filter with built in 11 watt UV Sterilizer
Resun C-0500 chiller
2 Aquazonic 4 x 80w T5HO light
ADA Aquasoil as substrate
And some miscellaneous equipment.
Can't say I would recommend Resun brand. It was a nightmare to work with in terms of compatibility and product quality - I may be cursed, but my intake head leaked 3 out of 4 times they were replaced.
We actually needed a chiller to keep moss alive here - its 80 -86 degrees everyday.
The light test :
On the bright side, being in a tropical country, driftwood are aplenty and cheap (by US standards). Each of these cost around $10.
Since I dont own a bathtub, they go in an old water drum... and here they will sit and brew for 2 weeks ish.
After finally ironing out all the technical problems, I am ready to finally start doing the fun stuffs.
I think I could have done better with the placements, but I think it works for now.
Java fern and Anubias aplenty
Water fill test :
After 4 hours of planting :
The unsightly rocks will be kept there until the wood are beaten into submission. Current status : still fiesty.
Plant List :
Rotala Sp. Nanjenshan
Nessea Sp. Red
Ludwigia Glandulosa (I think)
Ludwigia Sp. Guinea (The name changed ?)
Assortment of Bucephalandra
Limnophilla aromatica (I think this name changed as well)
As of now there are no fauna yet except some pond snail that came along the plants.
Long post, but that's it for now.