I've been so nervous about posting my tank. After some prompting and nudging from crazydaz, I thought I'd give it a shot
I first started out with fish about two years ago with a betta in those lonely cups. I had zero idea about how to take care of it. I cleaned out its small 2.5 G tank every week. Yes, cleaned it! It got dropsy after a few months. I was devastated. I got a few more Fluval Tanks (Edge and Chi) and then settled with a MarineLand 55 G bowfront.
I learned about the ammonia and nitrite and nitrate cycle. I got some mollies, platies, guppies. Livebearers? SO cool! I got so many! lol..that feeling got very old very fast. "What do you mean they can keep giving birth!?"
In the spirit of going bigger, I wanted to get a better tank. I was done with the bowfront and went on to starfire - my current 79 G!
So, someone really should have told me that planted tanks are NOT easy. I did a search on Planted tanks and I stumbled on Tom's Planted Dutch scape and I was hooked. I just had this fantasy in my head that all I needed was plants and voila, it'll look as good as that. Um. No.
I set up my milwaukee co2 solenoid and regulator, and it went pop and it stopped working.
Fast forward a month or two and I got BBA galore. It was the only thing that was growing well. Co2 was an obvious issue so I asked Matt F. on barrreport to build me a regulator. Let me tell you, newbies, invest in a proper regulator! It'll last you until the end of your hobby. My regulator is amazing!
This was my tank initially. I got plants from Barr and Crispino.
I got more plants...but just got more algae.
plants crying for help...
Belems didn't last long needless to say..
I was so frustrated. It lasted a few more months until I stumbled onto crazydaz's 200 G prior to his latest scape!