FEEDBACK IS MORE THAN APPRECIATED
My mother gave me her unused 10 gallon a few weeks ago so naturally I started researching about the different types of aquariums out there and much to my delight I stumbled upon a design I'd never seen or even heard of: the "planted aquarium". Instantly I knew that this was a new hobby I could really get into. Biology, ecology, and the natural sciences have always been a natural interest of mine and the opportunity to actively create my own slice of nature in the comfort of my home was appealing.
Fast forward to a week ago:
At this point I'd delved a little further and discovered that not only are there planted aquariums but they can be "high-tech", "low-tech", or even a "Walstad". Talk about an information overload. It got to be overwhelming for a moment however I knew I wanted to keep it simple but interesting at the same time. So I decided on a hybrid of sorts. I ditched the 10 gallon and bought a 20 gal long that's going to have a dirt/clay based substrate, low-medium lighting, good filtration, and some DIY co2.
With all that being said I'm still a couple essential pieces of equipment away from really getting my hands dirty and having some fun!
20 gallon long
Mix of red clay powder and Miracle Grow Organic Choice Potting Mix capped with Flourite Black
24-36" Current USA Satellite Freshwater LED +
Eheim 2213 Classic Canister
Eheim Jager 75 watt
DIY CO2 and some possibly Flourish Excel
Not quite sure yet. Definitely some Pygmy Corys, some middle level swimmers and top level swimmers.
Again not quite sure yet. Easier to grow plants seem like my best bet since this is my first go at it.
SHRIMP! Any kind haha. Just have to find out where I can get some.
Pic of tank and stand
Rinsed and strained the flourite
WHEW!! I completely understand if you don't read through all of this, but if you did cheers! I hope to have this up and running in the next month. Plenty more to come