Long time lurker throughout these forums. This is my first planted tank. Other tanks in the past few years included 100gal cichlid and 15gal FOWLR. Both those have been torn down. Finally settled into a new house and decided to start this one up.
tank: 45 Gallon
Hood: DIY pine, trim, Varathane paint black on exterior and white interior
filter: XP2 Canister
Lighting: AH supply (after reading some many good things about them) 2x55 watt (6700K & 10,000K - roughly 8 hours for now
Substrate: MVP Turfgrass ~ 3"
Rock: Some time of sedimentary - passed acid test
C02: 10lb tank - milwaukee regulator and ceramic diffuser.
Fish: 4 Amano shrimp & Male betta
Plants: bacopa sp. vallisiaria sp. red plant (help) hornwort (temporary), lilaeopis sp (foreground), another plant that has a similar "whorled" structure same as hornwort (help) and some type of cut leaf (far right) again
The tank has been set up for since last weekend (October 14, 2006). The C02 was added on the 17th and has resulted in no ill effects. I'm very happy with the cheap MVP turfgrass (50lb bag for $15 CAD). I didn't do a bit of rinsing and the tank cleared within 8 hrs.
I'm looking for comments on the set up so far. Please bear with me as its my first aquascape save putting together large piles of rocks for Mbuna to dwell. Nothing is permanent and I hope plants will eventually fill in any gaps. Please let me know what you think and maybe give my some ideas for fish stocking.
I am far from a photogragher as well
grasses apparently a slow grower
I appreciate any comments.