I have this posted in another forum, but I guess it's more appropriate here :O
Had to plug in that my plant choices are "based on coolness" as I read in Ugly Genius' post. Found it funny, because I think we all definitely go through identifiable aquascaping phases and styles as appreciation for the hobby matures.
April 26, 2010
It has been approximately one month and one week since I planted this tank. It has been maintained in the background in addition to my other 20-gallon tall. I didn't actually expect it to do this well. DIY CO2 and some flourish excel, with a half pump Brighty K daily. Some of the plants are: baby tears, crypt parvas, glosso, dwarf hairgrass (in the back, can't really see them), red myrios, hygrophila kompakt.
Here's a front view...
Front view close-up. The baby tears seem to be doing well without any pressurized CO2. I have added a vitamin tablet, however, to my DIY CO2 mixture. I'm not sure how much it will help, but I'm getting a very steady stream of CO2 from my airstone and my HC is really starting to take off.
The Container Store
in San Francisco will meet all kinds of DIY needs, namely containers for yeast reactors. I'm going to revisit that place tomorrow and construct my two-to-one gas-separation chamber for my 20-gallon.
Ideally it would fill in and not look so messy...
The other side view. This algae shark loves the camera, not that it has anywhere to go. This tank is kinda small. It's hard to believe my other tank is only 8 gallons more.
Full tank shot. Damnit! I just noticed some blockage on the intake
. I'm not sure if this holds true, but I placed the airstone by the intake as there is a sponge on the other side which will end up being a mini CO2 reactor (by holding the bubble in place as the current from the in-flow pops it). DIY Co2 is fun :P