I haven't posted much on here before (though I've been lurking quite a long time) so I thought I'd start a journal to keep a log of my 1st real aquascape build.
Before I get into it though, I should probably say that I started a 10 gal planted tank a few years ago, but since I didn't really know what I was getting into, the tank turned into a major algae fiasco (surprise surprise).
This time I'm going to try to do it better (and hopefully some kind souls here might let me know if I'm headed for disaster
I'm going to do a dry start for this tank and try to head off any preventable algae problems.
I've got most of the gear I think I'll need, as well as my hardscape pieces. After about a zillion layout arrangements, I've settled on this hardscape for the time being:
I'm going to keep it a pretty open layout since my last tank had a flow problem, so the plants will mostly be carpeting type - I guess it will be iwagumi-inspired, but definitely not strictly that.
I've got the manzanita soaking in a rubbermaid bin until I'm ready to fill, and my filter's running on the bin too to get the cycle up and running.
I picked up my 1st plants yesterday and did the planting last night.
HC and Micro-sword narrow are in... although I realized I planted some of the MS where my branches are supposed to go, so I'll have to move that around a bit.
I've got some utricularia graminifolia coming in the next few days to fill in some of the empty space, but I'll probably have more space than plant material to fill it. If anyone has any ideas for what to put around the base of the wood, I'm open to ideas. I like the way downoi looks, so I might try to squeeze some in if I can find anyone with some to spare.
I'll need to decide on a good moss to attach to the wood when I fill the tank. Thinking maybe some fissidens or flame moss... any suggestions?
I'm also thinking of swapping in some taller plants in the back, maybe some type of val, or cyperus helferi, so more of the MS might get moved forward too.
I'll post another update when the UG goes in, hopefully in the next couple of days.
For now, though, I'll leave you with the "Fish in the tank point-of-view" shot