In November I decided to start my first planted tank, a 150 gallon high with cabinet for £200! The dimensions are 48"x30"x24" so it's been a challenge finding good lighting but I'm starting to get there. I don't have the funds to go high tech as I'm only 14 but I'll give it my best shot.
I bought a collection of 122 plants for £20 at Plants Alive and I got:
Nymphea Maculata and I took some Hornwort from my endler tank. There are more plants but I cannot ID them. The crypt parva is doing amazing and is so green!
I used a layer of just over an inch of aquatic soil capped it with a layer of sand and the huge bit of wood I have cost my £80! My filter is an All Pond Solutions 2000ef plus with a UV sterilizer. I started with 2 T8 bulbs with no reflectors but the plants actually grew! About 2 days ago I added a third bulb with reflector but while I was fiddling with the lights, the original bulbs fell and smashed so now I'm left with one T8 and a reflector. Luckily, I've ordered a 4 bulb T5HO fixture with reflectors which should arrive tomorrow.
As for fish, I've got 6x Albino cories,
10x Rummynose tetra,
7x Harlequin rasbora,
1x scalare angel,
2x kuhli loach,
1x bristlenose plec and I'm going to increase the Rummynose and harlequin rasbora numbers and maybe add a school of cardinals.
At the moment, the tank is looking at its worst, I tried to move the plants around but a lot have started to melt and with the extremely low light, things aren't going so well. But not for long! I'm trying to plan out a nice scape and the new lights will really help out a lot.
The picture was taken a couple of weeks ago before I bought most of my fish but I'll post a new pic when the new lights arrive. I'll try and update this as often as I can but thanks for reading!