10 Gal Low Tech - Taking the Plunge
Hello! Thanks for having a look at my tank journal. This all started a few months ago when I, knowing absolutely nothing about aquascaping, mused that it might be fun to have an aquarium that looked like a little Japanese rock garden. I rather naively wondered if anyone else had tried this, and started searching online for inspiration. I quickly discovered the work of a certain Takashi Amano and fell in love with planted tanks and the art of aquascaping.
This journal is about my very first planted tank. I am new to the hobby, and much of what I've been learning online I am attempting to implement for the first time. The tank is nothing special, but I hope to document my trials and errors and have a place to show the development of my tank. Hopefully this may prove helpful to other beginners in the hobby; I in turn hope to learn from the collective expertise of this forum.
So! Here's what I'm working with.
10 Gal rimmed tank (the kind you find at PetCo...it cost $10)
Finnex FugeRay Planted+ Aquarium LED Cliplight
Sunsun 602-B canister filter
Substrate and Hardscape:
Granite gravel and rocks from the beach near where I live
4 White Clouds
I wanted to try an Iwagumi scape, so I picked up some rocks off the beach to work with. There's a lot of granite striped with quartz just laying around, and I love how it looks. As this is my first time planting a tank, I went with the easiest plants I could find...java moss and java ferns. I spread out the moss and buried it under the substrate to try and make a carpet. Here's what it looked like when I first set everything up. At this point I had not added the ferns or fish yet.
Growing algae just like the rest of us...