After walking around in a local fish store that had a few planted tanks, I knew I wanted to have one. I started researching basic fish keeping and eventually moved on to what I would need to have a tank like the ones I saw online. After a year of reading and planning I decided to give it a shot.
First step was to build a stand, which I did using materials I had around the house from a previous project. I based it on a design I saw in a youtube video, and kept it open to show off the equipment I bout to run on the tank.
I got the Ultum Nature Systems 60U 23.62 x 14.17 x 14.17 (20.5 gallon) tank because I liked the rimless look and the low iron glass they use. Pretty much a cheeper alternative to ADA
Filter: Eheim Ecco Pro 200
Lighting: Finnex Ray2
CO2: GLA Gro-1 Regulator, Atomic Inline Diffuser, 5LB CO2 tank
Fertilization: PPS-Pro Fertilizer Package from GLA, Jeboa DP-4 Dosing Pump
Heater: Hydor ETH 200 Inline Heater
Substrate: ADA Amazonia powder type
A few months ago I started to cycle the filter using the fishes cycle in a bare tank. After the tank was cycled, I added the substrate and planted as much as I could trying to recreate the look I had in my head. don't know how it looks to everyone else but I was happy with what I came up with the first try.
I started to see snails from the plants I bought, so after testing the water for a few days to make sure ammonia was staying at 0, I went out and bought some pea puffers to fight back. I never actually saw them eat any but in a couple days there wasn't any snails in sight. After their job was done I returned them to where I got them from and got a few ottos and shrimp.
A couple weeks later I got myself a pair of Sky Blue Albino Guppies. The female I picked was a little chubby and I was homing she bight be bringing a few baby guppies with her.
Looks like I was right because on 8/22/17 I had 8 guppy fry swimming around the tank. I quickly put them in a fish net breeder just in case mom and dad/step dad got a little hungry. Everyone is doing good so far.