I've always wanted to have a planted tank but never had the time and I was never at home so it wasn't practical and/or possible to have one. But now I have the time and am staying put in one place, so I thought the timing was good to have a go at it.
I don't have much experience with planted tanks, but I've had fish when I was a kid. Having said that, starting a planted tanks is a whole new ballgame to me. I don't know the names of plants nor the technical mumbo jumbo of aquascaping, but I'm learning. So please bear with me as I stumble my way through this Journal.
So I decided that a 2 foot 30 gallon tank would be a good way to start the new hobby without being too ambitious. What I have so far to go with it are:
Eheim 2243 Filter
Floredepot & Contro Soil Substrate
2 x 55W tubes for lighting
I wasn't sure what type of scape I would get, but from looking at some excellent Journals on this forum, I wanted some driftwood as a main feature along with some nice carpeting. The rest I felt would be better to play by ear.
So here's what my tank looks like just after filling it with water, placing the driftwood/rocks and planting some of the plants that I bought today.
January 26th 2010
I know the carpet plant is "HC" but have no clue about the others. If someone could help ID them, that'd be great!
This is HC with a bit of what I now know as 'pearling' after planting. I'm hoping it will carpet as nicely as I had in mind
I need help ID'ing the following 2 plants
The plants in the buckets at the back will be planted soon. Just have to figure out where I want them.
Will be getting a CO2 kit tomorrow and attempting to tie some java moss to the drift wood. Will post an update once some more progress on the rest of the planting soon.
Would appreciate some feedback (good or bad) from anyone. I'm still very new at this so any help would be appreciated.
Till next time!
Ah Kua Tek