So I recently got a 20H, cast iron stand, and aquaclear 201 powerhead from a neighbor for $30! I have anxiously been awaiting all my supplies and equipment to arrive as this was an unplanned summer project that I need greatly. Soon, 1-2 days, I will be receiving 13lbs of ohko dragon stone to complete my hardscape materials and I can finally get started! This will be my first 'hardcore' attempt at really scaping a tank so I may be needing advice/opinions on the ideas I come up with. I wanted to get this thread set up so I could jump right in when my stones arrive, so here goes!
Nothing fancy :/ (broke college student) pretty basic so I'm not even gonna bother listing it all as I am looking to upgrade most of it as I can... starting with legit co2 injection but more on that later.
-One of the major things I want to try with this tank is creating very dramatic hills using lavarock as the base held in place by eggcrate and ohko stone.. kind of making compartments to add the actual layers of substrate to.. if it doesn't make sense now it will when I get started and have pictures.
-organic potting soil ~1-1.5 in where I will be planting (will be adding red clay powder for iron)
Plants: (so far!! nothing can keep me away from lfs
-narrow leaf java fern
-scarlet badis (Fabio)
-3x golden pencilfish
-dainty cory (need more)
-2x assassin snail
-a bunch of wild type neocardina shrimp
-In addition to the ohko stone I have 4 assorted pieces of spider wood I might use in the scape. Either way this will not be a traditional iwagumi scape even though it will be mostly stone in the hardscape.
-Mostly mid/background plants but I will be looking to change things out when I get co2 going...
-Due to the dirt substrate I do not plan on dosing anything unless I see a need.
-The tank has a little bit of cloudiness on the left side panel, not a huge deal but it gave me the idea to build up the left side so I don't have the cloudiness blocking the view.. however does anyone have any advice to get it out?