I was kinda into planted tanks several years ago. Mostly, I moved plants around, bought/sold them and talked about them a lot. I never had the patience to let my tanks really flourish before I was uprooting everything and moving stuff around. I tried plants that were out of my league. Anyway, this time I'm determined to do it right, simple, low-tech and combined with my other favorite part of fish keeping, guppy breeding.
Current Specs (02/16/13)
Substrate: Missouri Creek Gravel & Play Sand
Lighting: None yet, except that it's in a really sunny room :P. Probably something with CF bulbs in the near future
Inhabitants: None yet. Wild/Endler/Fancy hybrids eventually.
Plants: None yet, but I have ordered some Java Fern, Anubias, Crypts, African Fern, Java Moss, Vals and Anacharis, which should arrive on Friday.
I've decided to not hardscape anything in this tank. Loose plants will be weighted with whatever rocks I have laying around the house and arranged accordingly. I want the guppies to have as much water volume as possible. The sand portion is for the Vals, crypts and anything else that needs roots in the substrate.
The bottom shelf will be a low tech 10g RCS tank. The white blocks on the filter intakes are to keep fry from being sucked into the filters. They will be removed until the fish move in.
Top view before adding H2O
Close up front view
Almost halfway full. The rock is just hanging out, used it to pour the water on to keep the gravel/sand from being disturbed.
Full! Finally! I moved the heater and took the pre-filters off the intakes
Expect another update in about a week once the plants arrive