CURRENT PICTURE OF TANK, 7/21/14
I eventually gave up trying to keep my 100 gallon Eartheater(Geophagus Altifrons) tank planted. Once I figured out a way to keep them from digging up plants, they retaliated by digging AROUND the plants.
I sold the Eartheaters and everything else in the tank. All that remained was the sand, driftwood, and rocks, which were all torn out after the move to a new house. I am starting from scratch and this time, I'm going planted.
I have never had a good light on this tank. It's always been some unknown brand, low-light, large fixture. One white bulb on the left side, one purple bulb on the right. I never liked it much but never bought a new one. Priorities, y'know. The light started dying a few months ago when only one side at a time would work. A few weeks ago, it finally gave out and would no longer turn on at all. After some saving and researching, I settled on the Finnex Planted Plus, which arrived at the post office today. I ran over there as soon as I saw it had arrived, I was so excited to have a REAL light on this tank! And man, I was not at all disappointed. For the first time I'm seeing my 100 gallon in all of it's beautiful glory. And I promise a lot of pictures for you guys! This thread will be a log of my journey into having a large, planted tank. For the first time, I'm also owning small fish.
Tank: 5ft, 100 gallons
Filtration: Fluval FX5
Lighting: 48" Finnex Planted Plus
Ferts: None YET
Co2: None - maybe some day.
35 or so Neon Tetras
9 Emerald Green Cory Cats - more will be added
3 Platies - I don't know the name of their color variety
3 Ghost Shrimp
1 Powder Blue Dwarf Gourami
1 Odessa Barb - the others died in an accident in another tank a long time ago.
More fish will come soon enough. I'm really liking Tetras and Rasboras.
At the moment, only 1 large Anubias Nana. More plants are being shipped next week.
First things first. This is how the tank has looked since the light decided to call it quits. I had a dark, dull aquarium for several weeks.
A comparison between the old fixture and the new Planted Plus. You can see how huge and bulky the old one was!
And now, the more exciting stuff...the start of my tank. The hardscape is pretty much complete - I'm keeping it simple.
Some of the inhabitants!
Emerald Green Cory Cats
A short video of the tank. Looks best when viewed in HD!
The cories are very hyper, I hope they calm down once there's more plants in the tank.
When it comes to putting together a tank, I don't plan anything for more than a couple minutes, and even then it's only in my head. I go with the flow and it has always served me well when it comes to aquascapes. My favorite scapes have always just been thrown together, however I do keep in mind the "rules" of what makes a scape and photograph(many of the same rules for photography also apply to scaping) look good when I'm putting it together. I have so many ideas running through my head for this tank, I'm very excited for my first shipment of plants to get here next week! The tank should be densely planted by the time it's done. It's just going to take a lot of saving. I get $40 a month so it could take a while
It's always worth it in the end!
Stay tuned for more updates! I have high expectations for this tank.