Hi all. I mostly lurk around here, but I thought it would be good to start some journals (for both tracking and learning purposes).
I'm pretty much a total beginner when it comes to actual experience, so any and all help is very much appreciated.
This is an old Fluval Spec that was given to me (read: I saved from being thrown away). The light and lid are missing, and there is a crack/shattering on the side, but it hasn't posed any problems yet and I've chosen not to worry about it.
4w LED desk lamp from IKEA
Stock filter (stuffed a sponge into the outflow tube, flow is almost imperceptible)
Caribsea Instant Aquarium Substrate (inert)
Hygrophila difformis (wisteria)
Hemianthus micranthemoides (baby tears)
I received a shipment of plants yesterday. The company threw in several extras and I was left with more plants than I knew what to do with.
The original plan was to do something like this:
but I had so many plants and so little space that I just took out the wood (it was the smallest I could find).
After about 4-5 hours of cursing and lots of water everywhere, I am now left with this:
The baby tears were a little worse for the wear, so they are quite yellow/pale in color. Wisteria and bacopa are healthy-looking (for now).
I cannot even begin to describe how much of a hassle it was to plant this... crap. I've never done anything more difficult. The bacopa stems are curved, so, naturally, they overshadow the other plants (it's difficult to see in the pictures). I don't really know what to do, or if there is a way to straighten them.
The tears were the worst - they made me shed actual tears. For every stem I planted, 3 floated up out of the substrate... *sigh*. It looks ridiculously messy and there are leaves all over the bottom, but I know that if I so much as stick a finger in there, everything will be disturbed and I'll probably just throw the entire tank at the wall.
How am I even supposed to plant this stuff?!
The light is weak, but it was $10 and I'm in high school with no real funds. If anyone can direct me to a nicer alternative (<$30), that would be much appreciated.
You know that feeling right after you add something to the tank? A fish, a plant, some shrimp... It's like having a new car or phone. It's so.. new
. It feels good. It looks nice. Everything is perfect. It feels fantastic - a job well done. I created something beautiful.
Well, I have that feeling, but with an impending sense of dread. Like, in a week, all the plants I bought will be yellow and dying, the tank will be a cloudy mess, and I will get some message from heaven, held in the talons of a majestic eagle: "You were never supposed to be an aquarist."
But I digress.
More pictures. One day, I will learn how to take photos, but today is not that day.
Plans for the future:
My dream for this tank was to have a light-colored betta (hence the reduction of filter flow). I'm really hoping to make that a possibility. I'd also like to add a couple of shrimp, and I'm hoping the plants will keep them form being harassed by the betta.
I'm going to go for a while without shrimp, though, because I just experienced a sort of genocide in another tank and I'm kind of depressed/traumatized. But I will probably start a journal for that tank today. R.I.P. Pimp Daddy and his girls, Scarlett and Pepper.
Also, I have never ever dosed ferts of any kind and I'd like these plants to live, so how do I get into that? How much are fertilizers, usually? Someone please swoop in and bestow me with your knowledge, thank you.
Thanks for reading.
P.S. If I am breaking any forum image rules, please let me know.