About 2 years ago I stumbled on AFA's website and caught my first glimpse of Mr. Amano's works of art. Since then I decided that I would some day have a planted tank. I have been keeping marine tanks for years and honestly had very little experience with fresh water (a basic walmart 10gal for about 2 months). Work has been stressful lately and I decided that it was time to setup a tank on my desk to calm me down and stumbled on this forum. A few months later I got my tax return and it seemed like all the pieces had fallen in place and it was time to give it a shot. Some time in my research I stumbled on this picture and it has been my inspiration:
Here is what I ended up using:
Tank: 60cm Do!aqua (~17US Gal)
Lights: 2x 24watt T5 retrofit with individual reflectors. 6500k Coralife bulbs.
Filter: Marineland C-160 canister
Heater: Hydor ETH-200 inline
Substrate: 1 x small bag of ADA Power Sand Special
1 x 9L bag of ADA Amazonia II regular size (only used about 7L of it)
1 x 3L bag of ADA Amazonia II powder
CO2: Milwake regulator with Paintball canaster adapter, off brand diffuser from ebay
Inflow: ADA Metal Jet Pike V-1
Outflow: Do!aqua Poppy Glass PP-1
Plants: 4 x Hemianthus callitrichoides
4 x Lilaeopsis novae
I didn't plan it out very well and ended up making multiple orderes from the same place which was dumb on my part but on 3/10/10 the plants arived and I was able to get it started. Here is a picture of the hardscape pre anything:
Planting HC is a pain in the butt!
Micro Sword going in.
all aboard! (sorry about the flash I miss my DSLR)
Full of water after a night of filtering, this is what we have
And todays, 1 week progress shot
I am starting to see a little bit of fuzz algae so I have upped the CO2 and added a few red crystal shrimp, I am hopping that its just a little bit of new tank syndrome
At the end of the day it makes for a pretty tranquell environment
As I stated before, this is my first attempt, so if you have any constructive critisizm I would love to hear it. Also if anyone knows a better way to keep the algae under control I would appreciate the input.