First planted 12g Long (56K warning)
I've been reading and reading and reading so much that I finally feel the confidence to stop reading and start doing. I'm using a special concotion of top soil i made from my parents back yard. The whole community was built on top of what used to be a cabbage patch farm. All of the neighbors and my parents included grow lots of organic fruits and veggies so I have high hopes for this soil. I dug a 7 foot hole to get the deepest cleanest soil as possible. There are some patches where the flourite black is thin so the soil rises up from through the rocks. I will probably regret it later but planning on covering it more.
Of course i want a very beautiful hardscape and beautiful plants but my goal with this aquarium being my first is to GROW! I know i can do much better but i really want to start and make my first. Once i have the experience I will look at re scaping or maybe another ;)
12 Gal Mr. Aqua
DIY LED strip
Homebrewed top soil + organic soil mix (need to get list of items)
Odyssea 36" (Temporary light in the mail)
Eheim Ecco 2232 (in the mail)
Some annonymous rock
When i opened the box to my surprise!
IMG_2538 by CFrancisco, on Flickr
While i get the rest of my supplies and leak test the tank, i put "Eli" in the tank. I need to get a bigger tank for him, he swam like there was no tomorrow!
IMG_2547 by CFrancisco, on Flickr
Basic look idea
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IMG_2545 by CFrancisco, on Flickr
My mud concoction
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It's been 3 days and believe it or not i'm already seeing the HC grow! :) Not much but the mini branches are actually reaching up and it's starting to look alive! I also got rid of the 2nd rock to make room for a row of hairgrass. Ultimately i want the Hairgrass to surround the edges of the aquarium left and right. It will be mainly wrapped around the Petrified wood.
HC Planted, and Hairgrass
IMG_3109 by CFrancisco, on Flickr
Mini harscape tweak
IMG_3114 by CFrancisco, on Flickr
First Photo of hairgrass
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HC Already growing! Yay!
IMG_3123 by CFrancisco, on Flickr
Very good start
How much was shipping for that human?
I like the betta in there with that simple hardscape. Very Zen.
Is that a real tree on the left?
I was thinking for my next trip. That's how I'm going to travel.
Marine Depot Free shipping ;)
I would like to know how this tank turns out :)
nice tank wish i had one...so i made a 12x12x10 to soothe the nerves..lol
New update 11/11/12
I had some rosie barbs that dug up all the hc :/ So i got rid of them and planted a piece of Bacopa Madagascariensis Glosso and a few other species. The grasshair died but all good. Tank is running healthy and i'm happy with it so far! I would love to re scape it now that i have the feel for it but i will wait till next year...
IMG_3611 by CFrancisco, on Flickr
sidetank by CFrancisco, on Flickr
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IMG_1476 by CFrancisco, on Flickr
Where did you get the LEDS?
Long overdue update:
I wanted to "work with what i had" so this is what i came up with. Glosso has been growing since my last update. It plateaued with my minimal osmocotte and semi weekly water changes but i threw in some Co2 and now dosing EI and blaow! it's taken off since.
I have some anubias, Staurogyne repens, glosso, javamoss, and amazon frog bit..
IMG_2381 by CFrancisco, on Flickr
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Once everything grows out it should look great, 12g long is a sweet tank to work with and looks like loads of fun to scape.
Impressive tank! I love the re-scape. Great pics - it's always refreshing to see an artist behind the lens, capturing and sharing their planted project.
I've never seen Staurogyne repens before; definitely going to try and find some now! Rad plant!
Clearly the floaters won this battle...
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