|05-13-2012, 08:42 PM||#1|
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
IMG_2544 by CFrancisco, on Flickr
IMG_2545 by CFrancisco, on Flickr
My mud concoction
IMG_2551 by CFrancisco, on Flickr
IMG_2554 by CFrancisco, on Flickr
IMG_2560 by CFrancisco, on Flickr
IMG_2561 by CFrancisco, on Flickr
IMG_2566 by CFrancisco, on Flickr
IMG_2570 by CFrancisco, on Flickr
IMG_2581 by CFrancisco, on Flickr
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
IMG_3104 by CFrancisco, on Flickr
IMG_3124 by CFrancisco, on Flickr
HC Already growing! Yay!
IMG_3123 by CFrancisco, on Flickr