20L First Tank Iwagumi
So to start off my name is john and I came from a background of raising piranhas. I eventually stop due to the cost of feeding them and the amount of time I had to put on the side for crazy maintenance since they made such a mess, of course I'm not saying this is any easier. I'm pretty sure I fell into the trap when I googled "planted tank" and found Mr Takashi Amano's work *RIP*. It was mainly the simple minimalist iwagumi set ups that I found on google that amazes me. Other than that I decided to do some HEAVY research on this forum and so grateful to my girlfriend for supporting me with my many many hobbies haha. So I am new to this hobby and if there's anything wrong I mean anything wrong PLEASE tell me. I'm also a typical broke college student as well haha but I did manage to save some money for most of the equipment woohoo!
Tank- 20L from the lovely 1$1G petco sale 20$
Stand- Petco Brooklyn stand 37$
Filtration- Penn Plax 500 Cascade 50$ Discounted with amazon gift card 50$ = FREE
Lighting- Finnex Planted+ 24/7 90$ thanks to my lovely girlfriend = FREE.....
Substrate- Lava rock 7lb crushed bottom layer 7$
Substrate- Fluval Stratum 17.8lb 38$
Furniture- Ohko Stone 17lb I don't remember the price
CO2-Tippman 24oz Paintball CO2 tank 24$
Aquatek CO2 mini regulator 85$
Aquatek 3 in 1 diffuser 15$
Aquatek CO2 tubing 10$
Cheap china co2 reader 15$
Plants- S.Repens, Micranthemum & Frogbits thanks to the RAOK of tangelo1106 and of course my #1 fan GF with the S repens and monte carlos
grand total of 250$ maybe 300$ with all of the other stuff like tweezers and plants
So I'm trying to go for a iwagumi shrimp set up. Please don't mind my hardscape, I know it looks kinda horrible because I'm not artistic and I just copy and take ideas, layouts, and was influenced by many users on this forum. Thank you!
I was away for the weekend so I couldn't immediately plant and my girlfriend wants to help me plant it as well so more hands! I'll have this post updated within the next 24hrs
thank you for taking the time to read this!