As I have said, I am a complete newbie about planted tanks. I did a fair amount of research and I was going to do a larger ~75 gallon planted tank until a nearby FS had the Spec for 20% off and I had a gift card.
The tank from start to finish probably only costed $120. Disregard the ugly pictures. I have a hard time taking pictures of anything.
And so it begins... A very ugly beginning. The driftwood reminded me of the cliff/ rocky overhang from the Lion King. Java Moss and Ferns are tied to the driftwood. There are some Crypt Spirialis and Wendtii.
The first inhabitant of the tank. Benedict the Double Tail Betta. Very nice red and a metallic blue with blue eyes. He was introduced about 2-3 weeks after the plants were added.
Probably the best picture I have of Benedict. Somehow I was magically able to focus once. This was right after introduction. His color got vibrant fast.
My leaves were turning black on my Java Ferns. Also roots were growing out of the leaves. Obviously I freaked out because I didn't understand the reproductive methods of the Ferns. Some people say poor water conditions lead to more reproduction so I started watching conditions closer.
The Crypts never rotted like I thought. This was about 1 month in.
Maybe about a month and a half in. The Lace Java Fern doesn't tickle my fancy. Always has brown leaves.
Believe it or not there are ghost shrimp in the tank too. Just an experiment, but they seemed to love it.
This was the most recent. About 2 and a half months after the tank's start. Needs pruned badly. Wisterias are added too and are growing quickly. Also some WCM were added that I had in another tank. Water conditions are watched closely but don't change.
All of this was done with stock equipment including the light. Comments, complaints, and compliments are welcome.