First Post here, been a "viewer" for a while, what a great forum this is.
I always used to have a desk tank and now with some rearranging around the apartment i decided to move my Fluval Chi to the desk and along with doing so completely rescape it from a boring plastic decor tank to a fully planted tank with drift wood and stone.
The 2 Tanks i will be fallowing in this thread will be:
29g standard Planted tank with High LED lighting an Co2, Its inhabitants are and will be mostly Gurami's and Molly's
5.5g Fluval Chi Planted with 2x LED strips, Co2 and a planted filter. Its only inhabitant will be Ghandi the Betta King.
So to start at the beginning. A couple of weeks ago i found a thread on here about planted filters and thought this would be perfect for the chi for it literally has a "shelf" for some kind of planting. I went to my local fish store and bought a bit of Riccia moss that i definitely favor due to its super bright green color.
I spread it around and using a couple of river pebbles i had on the filter before i kinda secured it in place.
I then left it alone for 3 weeks going home for the holidays just leaving the lights on an 8 hr automated cycle.
The result was amazing and i could not believe the result.
Due to the cool, yet anyoing design of the Chi getting equal lighting is impossible with a single light so I had to buy a second clamp on strip and run them at 45 degree angle to get the correct lighting across the tank.
Having this amazing growth speed i decided I wanted to use Riccia moss as the key player in this tank, picked out a few good stones and a single "strong" piece of drift wood to help cover the heater and airline tubing.
The plants I chose were from my 29g That had gone completly rogue in the past 6 months and overgrew quite drastically so I literally just chose whatever I felt looked good and harmonized with the rest. for this one I went with 2 Anubias, like 4 clusters of Amazon swords, 1 Bacopa Pink and 1 Crinum natans if Im not mistaken or a similar plant.
(the rogue grown 29g)
So Here is the final scaping before I added the filter.
I am going with a few weeks dry start for faster growth of the moss, this is the first time I try this method so lets see how it works out.
Now that I have drained the 29g for movement I feel I want to go into a similar direction with that tank.