My mom had a tank when I was really little and I remember there was Rainbow Tetra's and angelfish in there. I grew some garden plants last year and that was the first time I didn't kill everything I planted. I saw some youtube videos with aquariums with real plants, and that intrigued me because I really don't like the plastic plants that I was accustomed to seeing. I did a little research before buying and got a Fluval Spec V. I liked it since it had the filter and pump integrated.
I used mgps with a bdbs cap, and lava rocks for the hardscape. I put Monte Carlo in the foreground, S. Repens in the background, and glued some Anubias nana petite to the rocks. Later on I got some frogbit, and there was some duckweed and another type of floating plant.
It's currently stocked with RCS, amano shrimp, 6 ember tetras, 1 pea puffer, 1 assassin snail, and a ton of pond snails that hitchhiked in on the Monte Carlo. It started with two small pond snails that I noticed and I watched them grow rapidly over about a month. Next thing I knew there were hundreds of snails. That's why I got the pea puffer, and the assassin snail. I just got them last weekend and already the assassin snail has ignored the pond snails and has eaten three of the shrimp.
I battled some green hair algae and diatoms. I got rid of the hair algae with excel, and the diatoms just ran their course. I'm currently addressing my frogbit that is having some issues. I have some Thrive for shrimp coming. I'll see if that has the iron that I want to add, if not I'll get it from Seachem.
Here is a pic when I got the hardscape done.
Me and a buddy were having a good time drinking some beer. My buddy vapes so we had some fun with that.
The first day it was planted.
Here's the monte carlo with algae all over it. The shrimp are slacking.
Bump: Here's how it is today. The Anubias is doing really good. Hopefully I can split the rhizomes soon.