Well this is my first attempt at a planted tank, I'd love some feedback and comments. I've had a betta fish in a tiny vase for over a year and stumbled upon an aquarium site while looking for a bigger tank for him. I saw some truly wonderful tanks and decided to first upgrade my betta and then build a bigger tank for display in my living room.
I got a 36g Bowfront off of craigslist, along with a stand and light for fairly cheap.
Here are the basics of the tank:
Tank: 36g Bowfront
Light: Fugray 30" LED
Filter: Aquaclear 300
Heater: Aqueon 150W Pro
Substrate: 2 bags Eco-Complete, half a bag of aquarium sand
Plants: anacharis, Micro Chain Swords, Anubis Nano, Java Fern, Java Moss, Crypts, Amazon Sword
Here is the hardscape I set up last night:
I wanted to go with sort of an underwater river scene with the lighter substrate being a river through the middle with a more foresty woody feel on the right and a mountain/cliff feel off to the left. I had originally intended to have the river come in at more of an angle, but the viewing angle from my couch seemed to favor this more straight on look.
Got the plants today, hoping the chain swords will propagate into more of a carpet eventually, and that the anacharis will grow and conceal the filter/heater. The drift wood has some java moss that will hopefully take hold and cover it somewhat. I am also getting some more moss that I will attach to the rocks.
The angle is kind of poor, but the rocks actually overhang the sand by about 4" making a mini cave that I think my cory cats will appreciate when I start stocking.
Due to an extended vacation this summer my stocking won't begin until early August. In the meantime I need to figure out the best way to keep my plants fertilized and growing in the absence of fish waste.