Hi all, this is my first journal here on plantedtank.net and I'm pretty excited! I've kept fish for a long time, went through community tanks, then african chiclids, and now planted tanks. I've tried doing planted tanks before but I always tried doing everything "ghetto-ly" with terrible results, so this time, I figure I'd take my time and do things right.
It's a 20 gallon long, planted iwagumi style. I'm currently growing HC and dwarf hairgrass emmersed until it fills in.
The substrate is weird, I started with flourite black and black sand from an older attempt on a 10 gallon, then, not having enough for a 20gal long, and not having access to any flourite black around here for a decent price, I picked up a bag of Activ-Flora at petco since it was pretty cheap. Then, i realized I still didn't have enough so I bought a 3L bag of aquasoil amazonia II from AFA in San Francisco last time I was there to cap the whole thing. I don't plan to really change my tank up so I don't think the substrates will mix too much.
It's been going for about a week and a half now and i definitely notice the HC is starting to fill in, and I see some new growth on the hair grass. I plan to plant blyxa japonica in the back once I fill it with water. Can blyxa be grown emmersed? If so I'll start growing it now
I know the rocks look weird, like the big one is a different color than the others, but I like the way it looks, plus I got these rocks for free!
I'm currently piecing together my equipment, I have a t5ho 24" light, 48 watts, which I know is less than enough lighting, as its not even 3 wpg, but I read Tom Barr's post about lighting at AFA and I think this should be more than enough.
For filters, I plan to use an xp2 canister, and i'm piecing together a co2 system right now.
Hopefully, in about a month I'll be able to fill the tank with water and green neon tetras!