Hello! This is going to be my 1st tank log, but my 2.5th planted tank (my 55 was de-planted by two fantastic Silver Dollars). Here we go! As we go along, Iíll be adding pictures to this post, as well as putting them in the thread, so that should be pretty convenient for anyone following along.
The tank is a 5 gallon Fluval Chi, itís 10Ēx10Ē, with a 12Ē height. It has between 2.5Ē and 4Ē of substrate depending on the part of the tank, consisting of 1.5Ē of sifted dirt with added stuff and capped with pool filter sand.
Some people also might enjoy periodical pictures of my 20Long, but probably not, Iím no Tom Barr after all.
This is about the 8th revision of the ďhardscape,Ē as itís been sitting on my desk with substrate for a few weeks, and I think Iíve settled on this one. As you can probably tell by the lack of an actual hardscape this is going to be a Dutch tank! YaY.
The first few weeks/months will be extremely boring, because Iím going to do a DSM. I donít think itís really necessary for such a small tank, but:
1) Emmersed aquatic plants fascinate me
2) I donít want to buy allot of plants to begin with
3) Iím not sure which species Iím going to stock this with!
Iíll probably go with a species of plant spawning killifish and let them do their thing, and maybe some Bee shrimp or Malawi's depending on the requirements of the Killies. This is going to be my specialist tank, so Iím going to avoid all types of ďnuisanceĒ snails, inverts, and plants (yes, this includes my beloved MTS and U.Gibba).
The plants should arrive tomorrow sometime, and theyíll be planted by tomorrow night. So far the plant list is:
Rotala sp. Pearl Type I
And of course a small carpet of HC Cuba
I wanted to try my hand at less common plants, so this should be a great start. Wish me luck! Any comments, questions, suggestions, or helpful DSM tips would be greatly appreciated.
Tank timeline go!
Initial Planting (Post #4
New Angle and New growth (Post#9
A Series of Unfortunate Events (Post #13
Flooded (Post #14
A New Friend and a bit of Growth (Post #17