I'm a beginner aquarist journalling my first planted tank.
Taken: August 2nd, 2014
The tank had sat empty for about a month (because I was poor :P) until I decided to at least fill it with water and begin cycling it. I took gravel from my old tank and place it in a ziplock bag with holes in it. The sponge filter has plenty of bacteria in it. The rocks were the new and I wanted to make sure they were truly safe for aquarium use before I committed to them.
Taken: August 8th, 2014
I finally received the key components of my aquarium:
- Aquaclear 50g HOB filter
- x2 20lbs Eco-Complete black substrate
- x1 15lbs Florite black sand
This was taken right after I added plants:
- Wisteria and Hornwort on the far corners
- Rotala rotundifolia in the center
- Crypt wendtii "bronze" in the foreground in front of the rocks
- x1 Anubias nana tied to a stone
- x2 Amazon Swords (I should've have probably just gotten 1)
At this point there was no lighting.
As you can see, I kept the sponge filter running alongside the HOB. I kept it in for over two weeks until I was 100% sure the HOB was good on its own.
Taken: August 30th, 2014
At this point I've had lights for about two and a half weeks, have been dry dosing in the EI low tech method for exactly 1 week.
Started off buying x2 15w CFLs @ 6500k but one of them was faulty right out of the box. I don't own a car and had to bike 6 miles to get those two and so I decided I'd make do with just the 1 bulb. The growth you see here is after over two weeks at 0.75 watts/gal (admittedly most the growth began after EI dosing). The tank in this photo is illuminated by x2 20watt CFLs @ 6500k (2 watts/gal).
The drift wood is oak branch shards that I found dried out in my neighborhood. I boiled them and baked them thoroughly. They took about 3 days of floating to sink with the help of some rocks tied on to them. The java moss was added 1 day ago (also tied on).
I quickly got fed up of the Hornwort as it constantly sheds needle like leaves that settled in the corners of the tank. I didn't like the fact it is purely a floating plant. I discarded it and bought Anacharis which I think is gorgeous! The Wisteria is still in but I'm considering replacing it with a stem plant or with lots of Java fern (if I can get my hands on some!)
Very happy with the tank right now
BONUS PICTURE! Her name is Big Momma and she's my female Amano Shrimp (~ 1.5")
I currently have:
- x2 Zebra Danio (came from my fish tank which was a gift)
- x4 Amano Shrimp
- x6 Harlequin Rasbora (added in that order)
Thanks for reading through all this crap
I'd love to hear opinions about good plants for low-tech tanks. I especially want to fill the midground more.
I wanted to stick to an Asian fish setup but I'm considering a pair of German Blue Rams. Would Gouramis be better? I've heard issues with aggression with both but I would love a "center piece" for the tank.