Hello everyone. complete noob here lol
It's been about 3 months since I've first aquired this eheim aquastyle 9 as a gift. And now it is time for me to use it! I've been waiting anxiously for this... Various things got in the way like remodeling, wall painting, holiday stuff and alot of other things like that. Currently I have to go along with this aquarium "aside from the light and filter that is included: A bottle of seachem prime, purigen water polisher, a small titanium heater, a stainless steel aquascaping kit "tweezers, scissors and stuff like that" - and I also have a large 9lr bag of aquasoil, a large bag of nile sand "they discontinued it so I guess I'm lucky to have it lol," and a smaller bag of congo sand.
I decided to get the congo sand alongside the nile - which is a kind of yellow gold color to help create a more natural, nuanced, gradient look. I intend to get some rocks that will coordinate but I haven't made up my' mind what kind or color..and also if I'll get some driftwood or not. I have a general "feeling" the layout will evoke and I even have a simple layout scheme too but the specific plants and so-forth I've not yet determined.
Anyway, lemme show you my' beautiful tank! lol
As you can see, it's filled with water, the light's on, everything's assembled! I decided that before I put in the aquasoil or anything else I'd first check for leaks. If you look at the bottom of the tank you'll see some reflective disturbance, that would be some water beneath the tank. Apparently a little got out and waped the paper I deliberately placed underneath. But it's been about 4-5 days since then and all of that water has evaporated... so I don't know it there had been a minor leak or if that was condensation. I should also note that I decided to keep the feet on the bottom of my' tank... to test how well it would hold up with the water in... I had thought about possibly getting some pennies and placing them beneath the tank, perhaps in the center since there's no support there to offset any potential weaknesses and prevent any possible accidents... But then again maybe the manufacturer had already considered this in their' design and I'm worrying too much? lol... maybe it wouldn't hurt to practice a little precaution, I DO like the look of the tank slightly elevated off the platform lol...
The two cups you see inside the tank are both congo and nile sand. I placed them there to give my' mind an idea of how the two look side by side in the tank under the LED lighting.
A little bit about the layout: This will be my 'first planted tank so it's very important that I kinda "get it right the first time" and not step into something that will overwhelm me or send me on a long grueling journey to eliminate algae or other preventable things... to start out, I'm not sure how powerful the light is on this tank but I think I'll begin with mostly low light, hardy plants like java fern, anubias petite and so on... I still don't know what all is out there that would be suitable for me. But I want to limit the plant variety from 3-5 different species. The way this tank sits in my' room I will be looking at it from the angle opposite of the angle where the filter is so it makes sense for me to have a slope that goes upward toward the filter with a beach following the front bow... this is where I plant to have the nile sand and congo sand lining the rocks which will be medium sized along side the very side edges of the tank.. and on the beach too... I might have some anubias petite sited onto the black rocks, not sure yet. I know I want the overall finished design to be tall like this tank is.. so maybe having some mossy driftwood spire upward might be a good idea lol I don't know!
I guess for now my focus is on finding the right rocks, choosing the right plants and figuring out how to start everything right the first time. Should I have the rocks, drifwood and plants ahead of time before soaking the amazonia? lol Any insight would be great. I'd love to get started soon.