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, I’ll 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, it’s 10”x10”, with a 12” height. It has between 2.5” and 4” of substrate depending on the part of the tank, consisting of 1.5” 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, I’m no Tom Barr after all.
This is about the 8th revision of the “hardscape,” as it’s been sitting on my desk with substrate for a few weeks, and I think I’ve 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 I’m going to do a DSM. I don’t think it’s really necessary for such a small tank, but:
1) Emmersed aquatic plants fascinate me
2) I don’t want to buy allot of plants to begin with
3) I’m not sure which species I’m going to stock this with!
I’ll 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 I’m going to avoid all types of “nuisance” snails, inverts, and plants (yes, this includes my beloved MTS and U.Gibba).
The plants should arrive tomorrow sometime, and they’ll 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