After spending a lot of time looking at all of the amazing tank journals here on TPT it was xz's journal
that convinced me to try a dirted tank.
So here we go
's 1 gal Low tech Nano rectangle Ikea vase. Although I don't plan on copying exactly what he did I would like to have even a small amount of his success.
2.5 gallon all glass aquarium. Found at a garage sale. The glass has a few scratches but it will do just fine for this little experiment. Hopefully it works out cause the warranty is a little past expired.
Azoo mignon filter
Cheap evilbay led clip on. Seems a little on the blue side, but from what I've read it shouldn't be a problem, I hope.
Some rocks I found on the side of the road. Scrubbed and boiled just to be safe.
Spent a few days rinsing out some cheap potting soil, mixed it with some used dark coarse sand. Piled in some lava rock to help build up the slope. This will then be capped with play sand from home depot.
Hydrocotyle japan(the plan is to cover the entire front of the scape)
3 different varieties of unknown crytocoryne(I really wish the potted plants and the Lfs were better labeled)
I don't have any stocking plans
Currently has a handful of ramshorn snails that hitch hiked in
and it begins
I was really worried the tank would be cloudy for days. Or at least that's what I've seen happen to others. I guess I just got lucky.
Planted and filled: day 1 March 2nd
fast forward to the first update
After a brief melting period the crypts seem to have made some rebounds.
I'm also happy with how the h.japan has been progressing. It's going slow but with enough patience it will eventually get where I wanna go with it.
day 20 March 21st