It's been almost a year since I set up my first planted tank, and I finally got around to adding a hardscape. I got this nice burl from Rich (manzanita.com). It was a little too big, so I cut it in half with a Sawzall to make two pieces. Man is this stuff dense. It felt like I was cutting rock!
After soaking the wood for about 4 weeks, I removed all of my plants and vacuumed the substrate pretty good. Did a few water changes to reduce the NH4 that I stirred up, and rescaped my tank.
I know it would look better if the foreground was less busy, but I'm still in the collectoritis stage, and this is my only tank! I have to keep one of everything.
I'm also anxious for the background to grow in a bit.
Here are some photos:
Here is the plant list:
Alternanthera reineckii "roseafolia"
Bacopa sp. Colorata "pink"
Echinodorus sp. from Sao Paulo
Hygrophila corymbosa "Angustifolia"
Pogostemon stellatus "narrow leaf"
Rotala macrandra var green
Rotala sp. "mini"
Rotala sp. from Goias
1 Blue gourami
4 Corydoras hastatus
2 Cardinal tetras
1 Cherry barb
3 Otocinclus cats