My planted tank.
I've finished replanting my main tank. It's still work in progress and will take another 6 months to look as planned.
It's a 120L tank with a 1400L/H All Pond Solutions External filter and DIY 4x24W T5HO light.
The idea was to spend as little money as possible, so the substrate is potting soil/compost capped with play sand. HC was dry started from one small pot in a smaller tank over 12 weeks and replanted into this tank and grew emersed for another 4 weeks.
Other plants include Bacopa Caroliniana, Cabomba, Ludwiga Glandulosa, Hair Grass and Sagittaria.
Tank has been flooded for almost 5 weeks now and I only use Excel for carbon dosing until I put together a CO2 extinguisher system. No other fertilisers are being used.
For the first 2 weeks maintenance included daily 30% water changes to control algae. Diatoms have been easy to control and only appeared in the first week.
For the last 3 weeks 30% of water was changed every 3 days to make sure that ammonia is at 0. Filter media was taken from another running tank but I want to make sure that there are no surprises.
Plants are pruned every week and as need during the week.
Three weeks ago 1 small swordtail and 10 red cherry shrimps have been introduced to keep the filter alive. Two weeks ago 3 Siamese Algae Eaters and 1 Otto were added. Fish are not fed at all so light duration was increased from 8 to 9.5 hours to allow some algae to grow.
There are also a few pond snails. Even though they were not welcome (came with plants) they are doing a good job and don't bite the plants. Twice a day I check for and remove snail eggs and so far they have not been a problem.
I still haven't decided what other fish to keep in this tank and I'm thinking about changing the background plants. Any suggestions will be appreciated.