Oh boy, here we go. I haven't touched a fish tank in years, and I've never had live plants in one before. But, with all the cool stuff going on in the aquascaping world these days, I've decided to give it a shot. I will be aquascaping, cycling, and stocking a small 3 gallon tank in my bathroom.
Materials so far:
Ultum Nature Systems Rimless Tank 3N
Fluval Plant and Shrimp Stratum
Elive 10w micro heater
Hpumps white square air pump
Tissue culture of S. Repens
Five stems of red Ludwigia (which may or may not actually fit in here, we shall see)
Cheap Chinese LED plant light
I went to one of my several LFSs and picked up a few rocks and a piece of wood to get going on the hardscape. Here's a pic, albeit in poor lighting, let me know what you all think so far.
I will be DIYing a small filter by pumping air through a sponge and a lava rock compartment planted with pothos. It's a fairly common thing and it should be more than enough to handle this tank's bioload. The exact design is featured in one of the King of DIY's videos on YouTube somewhere if you want to see it. I will be trying to keep it as compact as possible.
As for stocking, I will be either housing a small group of dwarf shrimp (probably RCS or yellow Neos), or a single male betta plus some amanos/snails. We'll see how the tank parameters look once it's cycled.